Health hazard

Published: Wednesday 31 December 1997

A new strain of bacteria which causes tuberculosis (TB) and is resistant to traditional anti-TB drugs is emerging as a major hazard in Nepal. The new strain of bacteria called Multi Drug-Resistant strain can side-step all the major drugs that are in regular use to fight the deadly infectious disease. Doctors and health officials involved in TB-control programmes in the country say that the new strain is responsible for most number of deaths among adults in Nepal.

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