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WHO warns that multidrug resistant TB will spread

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7048.9 (Published 06 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:9
  1. Mark Ashurst
  1. Johannesburg

    Careless administration of routine treatment for tuberculosis in South Africa has produced the world's highest incidence of drug resistant forms of the disease, the World Health Organisation has warned. And this misuse of drugs could speed up the spread of tuberculosis resistant to multiple drugs to the rest of Africa and the developed world.

    A survey of the tuberculosis epidemic in South Africa conducted during 10-21 June found that almost two thirds of clinics issuing drugs to treat tuberculosis did not monitor their …

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