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Global Health
January 18, 2012

Pulmonary Infection After TB

JAMA. 2012;307(3):243. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1977

More than 1 million people who are treated successfully for pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) eventually develop a fungal infection called chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA), report researchers in the United Kingdom and Canada (Denning DW et al. Bull World Health Organ. 2011;89[12]:864-872).

Using clinical and population data published by the World Health Organization, the researchers estimated that most cases of the fungal infection occur in the agency's southeast Asia, western Pacific, and African regions, where pulmonary TB has the highest prevalence.