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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2001 Dec;953:88-97.

The burden of drug-resistant tuberculosis and mechanisms for its control.

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  • 1Communicable Diseases, Stop TB, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.


Drug resistance in tuberculosis is largely a man-made phenomenon caused by erroneous prescribing practices on the part of physicians and noncompliance on the part of patients. The global epidemiology of drug-resistant TB, the impact of standardized short-course chemotherapy (SSC), and the potential future evolution of MDR TB are discussed in this chapter.

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