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Serologic Methods for Diagnosing Tuberculosis

Robert C. Good, PhD
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Centers for Disease Control
Atlanta, Georgia

Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(2):97-98. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-110-2-97
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The number of new cases of pulmonary tuberculosis in the United States decreased steadily from 1963 through 1985; however, in 1986, the number of cases increased. This reversal may be the result of an increased number of cases in persons with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or of more cases in homeless, immigrant, and other susceptible populations. However, the most pessimistic view is that the abrupt reversal could signal the beginning of an epidemic "wave" (1). Whether the number of cases increases or decreases, we need rapid, accurate diagnostic methods so that persons with pulmonary tuberculosis can be identified and successfully




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