This form of tuberculosis is sometimes called "Ebola with wings" and is the direct result of inadequate treatment programs.
It has been reported in 49 countries to date (October 2008) including every G8 member country.
One infected person who laughs, coughs, or sings, can result in an epidemic.
This is an emergency that requires an emergency response.
James Nachtwey, one of the best-known and most highly regarded current photojournalists working today, has produced a slide-show to promote awareness and action in conjunction with RESULTS and their associated action program and Demos UK. His slide show, released 3 October 2008, contains haunting images of XDR-TB sufferers around the globe.
Watch Photojournalist James Nachtwey's slide show below (some of the images are disturbing) and then, if you wish to do something to help, go to http://www.xdrtb.org/ and sign the petition.