Infectious disease

FDA approves new cure for deadly strain of drug-resistant TB

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A returning patient provides his fingerprint for a biometrics tracking system at an operation ASHA tuberculosis treatment center in 2011, in New Delhi, India. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Pretomanid Tablets, when used alongside 2 other antibiotics, to treat an extremely drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis.

Why it matters: "Tuberculosis has now surpassed AIDS as the world’s leading infectious cause of death," the New York Times reports. The new drug cured 89% of 107 patients with extensively drug-resistant TB after 6 months, when used in combination with antibiotics bedaquiline and linezolid, the FDA said.

Cruise ship quarantined for measles in the Caribbean

A cruise ship in St. Lucia
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A cruise ship with about 300 passengers and crew has been quarantined in the Caribbean after a passenger was confirmed to have the measles, reports NBC.

The big picture: This isn't the first instance of a quarantine throughout this year's the measles outbreaks, which have reached the highest level since the highly contagious virus was declared eradicated from the U.S. in 2000. Hundreds of college kids were quarantined in Los Angeles last week. Meanwhile, New York has also closed schools and barred unvaccinated children from public places.