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Promising TB Diagnostic Failed To Work As Expected In Many Nations, Offering Lessons For Elimination Efforts

Nature: Improved diagnostics fail to halt the rise of tuberculosis
“…In an attempt to turn the tide [of TB], health ministers and officials from 100 countries are meeting in Moscow on 16-17 November. And a United Nations General Assembly devoted to TB is scheduled for September 2018. Experts say that the rollout of GeneXpert offers a cautionary lesson — although, in hindsight, an obvious one — in the battle against TB. The tale is a familiar one in global health care: a solution that seems extraordinarily promising in the lab or clinical trials falters when deployed in the struggling health-care systems of developing and middle-income countries…” (Callaway, 11/16).

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