Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, February 24th, 2004
"Mycobacteria cause a variety of illnesses that differ in severity and public health implications," microbiologists in the United States explained. "The differentiation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) is of primary importance for infection control and choice of antimicrobial therapy."
"Despite advances in molecular diagnostics, the ability to rapidly diagnose M. tuberculosis infections by PCR is still inadequate, largely because of the possibility of false-negative reactions," noted N.K. Shrestha and...
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