WHO warns progress on tuberculosis being undone by Covid pandemic

Deaths from TB increase for first time in over a decade despite confirmed cases falling
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Related Links:

Enhancing tuberculosis (TB) prevention and care in a post-COVID-19-pandemic phase will be essential to ensure progress towards global TB elimination. In low-burden countries, asylum seekers constitute an impor...
Source: BMC Public Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
Before COVID-19 two recent pandemics were notably associated with infectious and para-infectious neuromuscular sequelae, including associations between acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) and West Nile Virus, and Guillain Barr é Syndrome (GBS) and Zika virus (ZIKV). Yet, despite origins in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), there is no evidence that these diseases, or other arboviruses for that matter, cause neurologic morbidity in the sub-continent. In the case of ZIKV, an argument has been made for newly acquired neurovirulence through viral evolution into African and Asian lineages, but weak healthcare systems and poor ability t...
Source: Journal of the Neurological Sciences - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research
Abstract.Background: In the scenario of, inadequate testing, low sensitivity of COVID-19-PCR test, limited availability of testing kits and low detection rate, we aimed to determine the diagnostic efficacy of HRCT- Thorax in pandemic Covid-19 pneumonia.Materials and Methods: This prospective, cross sectional study was conducted in the Pulmonology–OPD of Gulab Devi Teaching Hospital, Lahore-Pakistan from 01-04-2020 to 15-07-2020.   121 patients with dry cough, fever and dyspnea of sudden onset were included while patients with Asthma, ILD, Tuberculosis, Bronchiectasis, COPD and overt heart failure were exclu...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Imaging Source Type: research
Background: In 2020, COVID-19 pandemic in Russia had 2 waves: from April to June (with lockdown) and from October to December (without lockdown).Objective: To evaluate impact of COVID-19 pandemic with and without lockdown on TB care.Materials: The coverage of active case finding (ACF) was evaluated monthly in the same periods of 2019 and 2020. The registration of new TB cases was evaluated in comparison with the expected value of this indicator calculated for each month by analyzing the five-year linear trends (R2>0.8 in all cases). The number of deaths due to tuberculosis was estimated graphically as a proportion of TB...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial diseases Source Type: research
Conclusions: COVID-19 pandemic seems to have had an impact in: decreased new cases of PTB; slight delay in treatment initiation; increased screening rate of positive contacts and household transmission.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial diseases Source Type: research
Conclusion: According to the chest CT scan, the following results were reported: 2 months after COVID-19 - progression of TB disease (52%), 2-6 months after COVID-19 - residual changes s after viral pneumonia (71.4%). The persistence of respiratory complaints after 9 months was associated with COVID-19 sequela
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial diseases Source Type: research
Background: The WHO estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic would lead to a disruption of Tuberculosis services resulting in treatment interruptions and impact on transmission rates. We reviewed TB cases diagnosed between 1st March and 31st July 2020 comparing them to TB controls from the same period in 2019 to assess whether COVID-19 impacted on TB services.Methods: All cases of TB diagnosed at our institution between 1st March and 31st July 2020 identified from the London TB Register (LTBR) were included. Demographic data extracted of TB cases in 2020 were compared to TB controls from the same period in 2019. Data analysis ...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial diseases Source Type: research
Conclusions: • TB management in Iasi County recorded significant qualitative and quantitative deficiences during the SARS-CoV-2 infection;• The important drop of global incidence does not reflect the reality of the epidemiological process, as there is a stagnation in the incidence of childhood TB;• The experience of the last year shows that inventiveness and flexibility are needed in the management of TB in pandemic conditions.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial diseases Source Type: research
Conclusions: Following legislation of sanitary measures for the COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal, increased rates of positive tuberculosis screenings were contrasted by a decrease in the diagnoses of LT, which may reflect a collateral protective effect on the rates of tuberculosis infection.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial diseases Source Type: research
This study describes clinical characteristics of a series of COVID-19 patients with concurrent tuberculosis in Poland. 8 cases of Covid-19 co - infections with newly diagnosed or previously treated tuberculosis have been identified. Covid-19 was diagnosed on the basis of a positive PCR testThe severity of the disease was assessed according to WHO.Most of the patients in the study group were men -87.5%, the mean age was 46. Newly diagnosed tuberculosis was found in 37.5%, while 62.5% of patients had previously been treated with Anti-Tb drugs. 75% of them presented the features of the mild course and 25% - the severe course,...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial diseases Source Type: research
More News: Pandemics | Pharmaceuticals | Tuberculosis