A new virulent strain of Tuberculosis that is totally drug resistant has surfaced in India. The lung disease which as been around for decades has long been treatable with patients exhibiting a full recovery. The newly discovered form of the disease is impervious to all current known treatments and dooms to death those who are unfortunate to catch it. Normal treatment of the disease is to take antibiotics for several months until the disease is eradicated. All of these treatments fail with this strain, leaving patients no avenue for recovery. The airborne disease is primarily delivered by close contact but it is not believed to be more contagious than the flu and is not expected to travel beyond the borders of India. Still, scientists are worried about the spread of the disease and are monitoring it closely.
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