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The World in Medicine
April 16, 2008

TB Progress Slowing

JAMA. 2008;299(15):1764. doi:10.1001/jama.299.15.1764-b

Progress in detecting tuberculosis (TB) and curbing the global epidemic has slowed, according to a report based on government data from 202 countries and regions, released last month by the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/tb/publications/global_report/2008/en/index.html).

The report, Global Tuberculosis Control 2008, identified HIV/TB coinfection, which is exacerbating the TB epidemic in Africa and elsewhere, and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) as potential barriers to further progress in controlling TB.