A new report calling for the elimination of tuberculosis (TB) in the United States warns that the potential cost of not making such an effort is a resurgence of the disease.
The report, prepared for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) by a panel of experts, recommends aggressive measures to stamp out lingering traces of the disease in hard-to-reach, high-risk populations. One key component of the panel's blueprint for TB elimination involves screening would-be immigrants for latent infection before allowing them to enter this country.
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