Drug resistant tuberculosis

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6984.940b (Published 08 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:940
  1. Brian I Duerden
  1. Deputy director Public Health Laboratory Service, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF4 4XN

    EDITOR,—P D O Davies highlights concern about drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis and proposes a central laboratory for fast tracking molecular diagnostic tests for patients at risk.1 The concern is shared by many, including the Public Health Laboratory Service, but Davies shows a lack of knowledge of the facilities available and the status of diagnostic methods that use the polymerase chain reaction.

    The Public Health Laboratory Service Mycobacterium Reference Unit (currently in Cardiff) has provided a central focus …

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