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Innovative new diagnostic test to detect TB and rifampin resistance
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  1. Narendra Babu Chinnappa
  1. Correspondence to Dr Narendra Babu Chinnappa, SpR, University Hospital Llandough, 74 Pan-Ty-Celyn road, Llandough, Cardiff CF64 2PH, UK; rcnaren{at}yahoo.com

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Tuberculosis remains a major public health concern. Existing diagnostic tools are slow and result in delays initiating appropriate treatment. This is particularly a problem in patients with HIV, in whom sputum–smear analysis is frequently negative and those with multi-drug resistant strains.

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