Modern laboratory diagnosis of tuberculosis.

  title={Modern laboratory diagnosis of tuberculosis.},
  author={Francis A. Drobniewski and Maxine Caws and Andrea Wheeler Gibson and Douglas Brownlee Young},
  journal={The Lancet. Infectious diseases},
  volume={3 3},
One-third of the global population is believed to be infected with bacteria of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, the causative agent of tuberculosis. More than 8 million new cases of tuberculosis occur annually leading to 2 million deaths. Mortality is particularly high in those coinfected with HIV and where the bacteria are multiple-drug-resistant strains--ie, strains resistant to at least isoniazid and rifampicin. Early diagnosis of tuberculosis and drug resistance improves survival and… CONTINUE READING

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