ECDC tracking multi-country cluster of drug-resistant TB

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The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is warning that a cluster involving 16 cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) in asylum seekers has been detected in Europe.

The first seven cases were identified in Switzerland between February and August 2016, with a strain that was resistant to rifampicin, isoniazid, ethambutol, pyrazinamide and capreomycin, but fully sensitive to amikacin and fluoroquinolones. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) results suggest the strains belong to a single molecular cluster.

Germany reported six cases of the same genetic clone in asylum seekers while two ca...