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Tuberculosis and social exclusion: New approach is needed

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:200
  1. Graham H Bothamley, consultant physician (
  1. NE London TB Network, Homerton University Hospital, London E9 6SR

    EDITOR—The editorial by Story et al is a timely reminder of the growing problem of tuberculosis in London.1 As tuberculosis control improves, social exclusion will characterise an increasing proportion of cases, as shown by the current outbreak of isoniazid resistant tuberculosis (> 260 with the same strain).23 The number of patients lost to follow-up with complex medical and social problems requires …

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