Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, September 15th, 1997
During 1996 in Wisconsin, there were five errors in four laboratories that led to 11 persons receiving a misdiagnosis of tuberculosis. Such errors can lead to unnecessary medical treatment and stress for patients, as well as wasted public health and hospital resources in the management of the patient and the investigation and screening of potential contacts, said the CDC (MMWR, August 29, 1997;46(34)).
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