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Tuberculosis

28 March 2011

Quick and easy TB diagnosis puts pressure on treatment

A promising new diagnostic test for detecting drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) quickly and reliably is finally available.

A promising new diagnostic test for detecting drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) quickly and reliably is finally available, said a new report by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Unlike the previous "gold standard" test, which used a culture technique that could take six to eight weeks, this test -  endorsed by the World health Organisation (WHO) in December 2010 - provides results in about two hours and has a sensitivity rate of 90%.

 

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