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Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

Published Monday, July 16, 2012

This note examines the extent of, and risks posed by, drug-resistant TB.

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Tuberculosis (TB) is a leading cause of death globally. Progress in the control of TB is threatened by drug-resistant TB strains. This note examines the extent of, and risks posed by, drug-resistant TB. It also gives an overview of national and international TB surveillance, research into treatments and policy options to limit infections.

POSTnotes POST-PN-416

Authors: Peter Border; Sarah Bunn

Topics: Communicable diseases, Health education and preventive medicine, Homelessness, Medicine

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