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Multi-drug Resistant TB Strain in Swaziland Not Detectable by Most Advanced Rapid Diagnostic Tests


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Multi-drug Resistant TB Strain in Swaziland Not Detectable by Most Advanced Rapid Diagnostic Tests

SWAZILAND/NEW YORK - More than a quarter of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) strains isolated in a national survey in Swaziland carry a mutation that is undetectable by the advanced rapid molecular diagnostic tests currently in widespread use, according to a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontierès (MSF) and the Research Center in Borstel, Germany this week.

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