Health officials in Texas have quarantined a Nepalese man trying to enter the U.S. with a particularly nasty form of drug-resistant tuberculosis.
It’s called XDR-TB, and it doesn’t respond to eight standard TB drugs.
As the World Health Organization says, “XDR-TB patients can be cured, but with the current drugs available, the likelihood of success is much smaller than in patients with ordinary TB or even multidrug-resistant TB.”
XDR-TB is rare, but it has appeared in at least 77 countries around the world, with Central Asia being an especially troublesome hot spot for the pathogen.
Read more about XDR-TB and the recent U.S. case in the Wall Street Journal.
Graphic by the Wall Street Journal.