House Approves $50 M To Fight TB Overseas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The U.S. House has voted to approve $50 million to help health workers overseas who are treating patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis.

A recent case set off an international health scare.

The victim, attorney Andrew Speaker of Atlanta, is hospitalized at National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver.

The money approved today would go to purchase drugs, train health care workers and build, equip and operate laboratories overseas, under an amendment approved by the House.

Most of the money would be spent in Africa.

TB can be successfully treated with antibiotics, but forms of the bacterial disease that have developed resistance to those drugs are a growing concern.

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