Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, October 6th, 1997
Currently, the most rapid and cost-effective method for diagnosing mycobacterial infection is microscopic examination of stained specimens. This method, however, lacks sensitivity and cannot always permit conclusive identification of the species present. Culture of the specimen and biochemical analysis of any isolate is slow, often taking many weeks.
Rapid genotypic methods have been investigated, resulting in the development of commercial...
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