Tuberculosis Returns With A Deadly Twist Around the world, drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis are emerging that take years — thousands of dollars — to treat. The isolation and stigmatization that accompanies the infectious disease continues to devastate families, even here in the U.S.
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Tuberculosis Returns With A Deadly Twist

Drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis are emerging around the world that take years to treat.

A Doctors Without Borders support counselor waits for MDR-TB patients at a clinic in Nukus, Uzbekistan. Courtesy of Misha Friedman hide caption

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Nurse Marina Bogdanova, with Sputnik, gives medications to Sergei Gaptenko, who is close to finishing treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis. Konstantin Salomatin for NPR hide caption

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Igor Davydenko sits in his cell at a Siberian prison where inmates are treated for drug-resistant tuberculosis. Konstantin Salomatin/for NPR hide caption

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Rukshona Saidova, 12, lives with both HIV and tuberculosis. She can't walk right now because the diseases have atrophied muscles in her legs. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Oxana and Pavel Rucsineanu walk to the tuberculosis hospital in Balti, Moldova. Oxana and their new baby live in an apartment, but Pavel still has to stay at the TB ward, fighting for his life. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Michelle Williams (center) and two daughters visit the grave of her mother, Judy Williams, at Fairview Cemetery in Hyde Park, Mass., on May 11. Judy died in 2011. Ellen Webber for NPR hide caption

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