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Drug resistant TB is spreading worldwide

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 06 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1220
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Tuberculosis that is resistant both to the standard, four drug regimen and to expensive second line drugs has now been found in 104 countries, according to a report released last week in New York.

    The report, drawn up by Harvard Medical School and financier George Soros's Open Society Institute, estimates that it may cost up to $1bn (£625m) to fight tuberculosis worldwide.

    “We were surprised that multidrug resistant tuberculosis was reported so widely. …

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