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Tuesday, July 3rd 2007

Whoops! On XDR

Okay, so it ain’t exactly a hard line distinction, but you gotta wonder why the media isn’t jumping all over this. That Atlanta lawyer has multi-drug resistant TB…not extensive drug resistant TB.

Dr. Charles Daley, with the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, told reporters that multiple tests indicate Andrew Speaker suffers from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, which is still serious and resistant to most of the common drugs used to treat tuberculosis.

However, it can be more easily treated with antibiotics.

The explanation for the two different diagnoses is that different tests were performed in Atlanta and Denver, according to a CDC source.

Daley and Dr. Mitch Cohen, with the CDC, explained that more than one strain of the bacteria can exist in a patient at the same time, and although XDR-TB bacteria were present in Speaker’s lung tissue, the primary bacteria he has appears to be the less drug-resistant type.