Two cases of the dreaded extreme [extensively] drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), the world's most untreatable form of TB, have been detected in Pune district for the 1st time ever. While one patient is from the "peth" areas in Pune, the other is from Yamunanagar in Pimpri Chinchwad.
"These are the only 2 XDR-TB patients so far in Pune district, though as many as 46 similar cases have been detected in other places in the state in the last 2 years," S P Sabnis, joint director (TB), state public health department, told TOI on Friday [22 Mar 2013]. Of these 46 cases, Mumbai alone accounted for 42 cases.
Pune district has been continuously seeing cases of MDR-TB, with as many as 308 cases having been registered in Pune city, Pimpri Chinchwad and the rural areas.
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