To the Editor: Recent articles in the Journal have noted the first case of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in New Zealand,1 and emphasised the exponential increase in cost and complexity of managing drug-resistant TB.2 We thus wish to caution against the proposed premature closure of TB treatment services for Papua New Guinea (PNG) citizens who access health care in the Torres St
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Doing the right thing for tuberculosis control in the Torres Strait Islands
Anastasios Konstantinos, Graham Simpson, Tania C Sorrell and Ben J Marais
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (9): 512.
Anastasios Konstantinos, Director1
Graham Simpson, Director2
Tania C Sorrell, Director3
Ben J Marais, Associate Professor3
Johnson PD. Extensively resistant tuberculosis in the lands Down Under. Med J Aust 2011; 194: 565-566.
Goh TL, Towns CR, Jones KL, et al. Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis: New Zealand’s first case and the challenges of management in a low-prevalence country. Med J Aust 2011; 194: 602-604.
Gilpin CM, Simpson G, Vincent S, et al. Evidence of primary transmission of multidrug resistant tuberculosis in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. Med J Aust 2008; 188: 148-152.
Gandhi NR, Nunn P, Dheda K, et al. Multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis: a threat to global control of tuberculosis. Lancet 2010; 375: 1830-1843.
World Health Organization. The Stop TB Strategy. Building on and enhancing DOTS to meet the TB-related Millennium Development Goals. Geneva: WHO, 2006. http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2006/WHO_HTM_STB_2006.368_eng.pdf (accessed Oct 2011).
Tuberculosis Coalition for Technical Assistance. International standards for tuberculosis care. The Hague: TCTA, 2006 http://www.stoptb.org/assets/documents/resources/publications/acsm/istc_report.pdf (accessed Oct 2011).
Reynolds PN, Turnidge JD, Gottlieb T, Moore MJ. Cross-border patients with tuberculosis: position statement from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, Australian Society for Microbiology, Australasian Society for Infectious Disease and the Public Health Association of Australia. Med J Aust 2011; 195: 523-524. <eMJA full text>
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