Extremely drug-resistant TB spreading in India - Yahoo! News: "He said the death rate among the XDR-TB patients was an 'alarmingly high' 42 percent.
'An important finding was that the majority of patients with XDR-TB were of younger age group (averaging 30 years old), thus posing a major threat to our economically productive population,' Jain said.
He said it was impossible to determine the prevalence of XDR-TB in India, since most of its labs are not equipped to perform drug susceptibility tests, and that treatment of the disease was compounded by its huge cost.
'Serious efforts are needed to tackle this deadly disease which may become a global emergency,' Jain said."