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Health Agencies Update
September 25, 2013

Rapid TB Test for Children

JAMA. 2013;310(12):1217. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277876

A new rapid test may help primary care clinicians more quickly identify and treat children with tuberculosis (TB), according to a study funded by the Eunice Shriver Kennedy National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Over the past 3 years, the World Health Organization has been overseeing the rollout of a new rapid test, Xpert MTB, for the detection of TB around the world. The automated test can detect TB in sputum samples and identify whether the strain is resistant to the drug rifampicin in less than 2 hours, according to the organization (http://bit.ly/12mEmrQ). The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funded the development of the new test.