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Medical News & Perspectives
October 4, 2000

Nosocomial TB Control Guidelines Debated; Will OSHA's Proposed Regulations Prevail?

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JAMA. 2000;284(13):1637. doi:10.1001/jama.284.13.1637

Washington—Although the frightening resurgence of tuberculosis (TB) in the United States a decade ago has been followed by a welcome decline in incidence of infection, a debate continues about the need for regulatory measures to control the disease in hospitals and other health care facilities. While some experts see the decline as evidence that regulation is unnecessary, others say there is a need for an enforceable standard to protect health care workers and others from infection and prevent resurgence of the disease.