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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta has compiled what it says is the first global survey of highly drug-resistant tuberculosis, which kills 5,000 to 8,000 people every day. The survey, conducted by laboratories on all six continents, found growing resistance to TB drugs worldwide, a development the CDC says means some patients are "virtually untreatable" with existing drugs. The CDC calls tuberculosis that is resistant to old and new antibiotic drugs "extensively drug-resistant TB," or XDR.

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