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Drug-Resistant TB on the Rise

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Science  31 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5462, pp. 2391
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5462.2391a

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Once nearly vanquished by antibiotics, at least in the developed world, tuberculosis resurged in the late 1980s and now kills more than 2 million people a year--second only to AIDS among infectious diseases. Especially frightening is the emergence of drug-resistant strains, although global trends have been unknown. Now, in its most comprehensive report to date, the World Health Organization has concluded that drug-resistant TB is rampant and appears to be spreading.