UVa. Working with Russians on Treating TB

Jan. 28, 2014

Researchers at the University of Virginia are partnering with Russian scientists to find a better way to treat drug-resistant strains of Tuberculosis (TB).

They're working together to develop new technology to test whether the TB is drug-resistant. Currently, it takes a couple of hours to run the test using a computer. However, it used to take about a month.

Researchers say this will provide treatment faster, and allows the United States to share some of its treatment methods with Russia.

"You'll find that many people don't have high enough levels of TB drugs in their blood, and so we're going to optimize those doses,” Infectious Disease Division Professor Eric Haupt says. “That's been a very helpful thing we do here in Virginia with our TB patients, and something that we're going to bring to Russia as well."

In Russia, there is about a 50 percent mortality rate for TB, and scientists are hoping to bring that down.


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