TB's Return

Health officials say it's time to shut down the resurgent killer

IN PART BECAUSE OF THE EMERGENCE OF AIDS, IN PART because of breakdowns in public health services, the incidence of tuberculosis has jumped 25% since 1984, when 22,000 cases were documented in the U.S. Physicians from the American Lung Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommend a series of more aggressive countermeasures to prevent a general outbreak of TB, some new strains of which are particularly virulent.

At the top of the recommended list is more extensive screening for TB infection among high-risk groups, including children, hospital patients and the homeless. Because people with weakened immune systems...

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