New blood monitoring could be used to help people infected with tuberculosis

More than 10 million people around the world have active tuberculosis (ATB), and every year more than a million die from it. The majority of patients live in low-resource countries where diagnosing ATB is especially challenging, as newer tests require expensive lab equipment that is frequently not available, and the historic standard of culturing a sputum sample is slow and often not sensitive enough to correctly identify ATB, meaning that many patients whose disease needs treatment are not identified until it is too late.

 

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