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Books, Journals, New Media
March 10, 2004


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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(10):1266-1267. doi:10.1001/jama.291.10.1266-b

Tuberculosis remains an immensely important worldwide problem; it affects about one third of the world's population. In many areas tuberculosis is fanned by coinfection with HIV, which has a devastating effect upon tuberculosis immunity but does not necessarily interfere with responses to therapy in patients with susceptible organisms. Tuberculosis remains important in the United States, but, during the past decade, giant strides have been made to reduce risk and improve surveillance and control programs in hospitals and for immigrants reaching our shores. Knowledge of drug susceptibilities and directly observed therapy (DOT) are responsible for a great deal of this progress. Thus, today, tuberculosis continues to decline in the United States, and suggestions of the elimination of tuberculosis from North America persist.

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