Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in children and adolescents in the WHO European Region: Expert opinion.
Matthias Groschel, Satria Prabowo, James Seddon, Stephen Graham, Giovanni B Migliori, Sergii Filippovych, Annemieke Brands, Sabine Verkuijl, Malgosia Grzemska, Askar Yedilbayev, Martin van den Boom, Masoud Dara
World Health Organization | Published : 2019
Historically, children and adolescents have not been a priority for national programmes for tuberculosis (TB) prevention and care in the WHO European Region. Owing to the low incidence in the Region and the non-specific clinical symptoms of TB infection and disease, children with TB or at risk thereof do not routinely enter health systems through classical TB programmes. Children and adolescents were often thought to play only a minor role in transmission of TB, and as a result TB prevention and care was focussed on adults. However, children and adolescents are significantly affected by the epidemic of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) as the Region carries 25% of the global MDR-TB burden. The..View full abstract