• Question: Did TB yet so far develop immunity to the drugs that you use?

    Asked by 445mutg34 to Emma on 14 Nov 2016.
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      Emma Roycroft answered on 14 Nov 2016:

      Yes, great question! There is a very small amount of drug resistant TB in Ireland, but it is the most dangerous form of the disease since there are not many drugs left to treat it. The patient could be on treatment for 2 years, and it still may not work. In my work, I have been looking at the mutations that cause that resistance. The mutations I have found are the same as those found across Europe, which means they could have come from outside Ireland.