Fast TB test 'major milestone'

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Fast TB test 'major milestone'

Postby Prolite on Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:09 pm

A new test to diagnose tuberculosis in poor countries has been endorsed by the World Health Organization.

The Geneva-based agency said Wednesday that the test could "revolutionize" TB care and control by providing an accurate diagnosis in about 100 minutes. Current tests can take up to three months and may miss many cases.

"This new test represents a major milestone for global TB diagnosis and care," said Dr. Mario Raviglione, director of WHO's Stop TB department. "It also represents new hope for the millions of people who are at the highest risk of TB and drug-resistant disease," he added in a statement.

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