A ‘Silent Killer’ Roars Back Around The Globe
The world has a new epidemic on its hand: drug-resistant tuberculosis.
We’re not talking about the kind of TB that doctors can cure with a few weeks of standard antibiotics.
This disease is way more dangerous. It outwits the best medicines we have against it and costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to kill in a single person.
Drug-resistant TB is on the rise around the world. And it’s even cropping up here in the United States.
Last night PBS’s Frontline traveled to the epicenter of this new epidemic, the southern African country of Swaziland, in the film “TB Silent Killer.”Through the eyes of three people fighting the disease, the documentary explored the toll drug-resistant TB takes on families and societies. And it showed what could happen in many countries if new drugs or vaccines aren’t developed.
So what can be done to curb drug-resistant TB? How quickly can the disease spread? And how much will it cost us to stop it?
Today Shots teamed up with Frontline to host an online panel discussion with the film’s director, Jezza Neumann. He explained how he made the film and how people in the U.S. can help those with TB overseas.
Check out the entire chat on NPR’s health blog. We’d also love to hear your comments about the film and topic here on tumblr.
If you missed ”TB Silent Killer” last night, no problem. You can watch the entire film at Frontline anytime.
Just did a presentation on the importance of TB awareness in the psychiatric population. Hear, hear!