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Drug-Resistant TB Higher than Thought in West Africa

Researchers have found the number of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis cases in West Africa is greater than thought. Officially, the World Health Organization estimates the incidence of new cases of so-called MDR-TB in the African region is 2 percent, and 17 percent among people who were treated for TB more than once. But investigators on the ground in eight West African countries came up with higher numbers. They report that 6 percent of new cases and 35 percent of retreatment cases...

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