News FocusREEMERGING DISEASES

Stalking a Killer in Russia's Prisons

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Science  26 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5445, pp. 1670
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5445.1670

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Nowhere is the problem of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis more acute than in Russia, particularly in its teeming prisons. Now a consortium of international health organizations is combining a traditional treatment program with a targeted attack on drug-resistant strains, the largest ever mounted. The effort, which will treat both civilians and the prison population throughout the Russian region of Tomsk, will provide a model for other wider campaigns against TB in Russia, say public health experts.