Drug-resistant and multidrug-resistant (MDR-TB); resistant to at least isoniazid [INH] and rifampin [RMP]) strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis are man-made problems mainly related to poor case management and lack of quality drugs. M. tuberculosis complex use several strategies to resist the action of antimicrobial agents. TB control activities require regular direct measurement of the absolute burden of disease to monitor trends and improve understanding of the epidemiology of TB in the target area. In many HBCs, notification systems do not record all cases and vital registration systems are either absent or of such poor quality and coverage that TB statistics is often unreliable. So far there was no latest report on the prevalence of MDR-TB in Ethiopia, especially in the study area, Amhara National Regional State (ANRS). This study aimed to determine the prevalence and associated factors of MDR-TB among presumptive MDR-TB cases in ANRS.
Last date updated on July, 2014