Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, December 20th, 2005
In a recently published report, investigators in the United States sought to "create a simple screening strategy for tuberculosis (TB) that includes antibody detection assays to improve the accuracy of microscopic examination of sputum for acid-fast bacilli (AFB smear)."
"Serum samples were obtained from 190 patients, suspected of having active TB. TB diagnosis was established by Mycobacterium tuberculosis culture. HIV status was determined by commercial serologic tests.
"IgG antibody levels were...
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