Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, November 10th, 1997
Current U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations are that all persons suspected of having pulmonary TB should have a sputum specimen: (a) obtained, (b) cultured, (c) identified, and (d) tested for drug susceptibility. Recent advances in techniques for culturing and identifying Mycobacterium tuberculosis can shorten the time to final diagnosis from six- eight weeks to three-four weeks. Although these...
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