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Multidrug resistant tuberculosis is common in Azerbaijani prisons

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 09 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:c

Tuberculosis is an increasing problem in Azerbaijan, especially in the overcrowded prisons. Treatment is often interrupted and at insufficient doses, which increases the likelihood of strains with multidrug resistance emerging. Coninx et al examined the strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis among prisoners in the Central Penitentiary Prison, Baku, Azerbaijan (p 1423). Eighty nine per cent of patients not responding to the standard WHO recommended treatment proved to have strains resistant to both rifampicin and isoniazid and 24% of patients consecutively admitted to the treatment programme had multiresistant strains.

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