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Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis: New Zealand's first case and the challenges of management in a low-prevalence country



Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis: New Zealand's first case and the challenges of management in a low-prevalence country



Medical Journal of Australia 194(11): 602-604



In 2010, an immigrant from Burma was the first person to be diagnosed in New Zealand with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB). The strain of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the most resistant reported to date in Australasia. Key difficulties of managing this disease in a low-prevalence country were delays from drug-susceptibility testing and in acquiring appropriate medicines, and a lack of evidence-based guidelines. Solutions are needed for New Zealand and the wider region as more cases of XDR-TB are likely to be encountered in the future.

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