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Preventing Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis and Errors in Tuberculosis Treatment Around the Globe

Lilia P. Manangan, RN, MPH; William R. Jarvis, MD
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Affiliations: Atlanta, GA 
 ,  Ms. Manangan and Dr. Jarvis are from the Hospital Infections Program, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.

Correspondence to: Lilia P. Manangan, RN, MPH, Hospital Infections Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mailstop E-69, 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30333; e-mail: lpm2@cdc.gov



Chest. 2000;117(3):620-623. doi:10.1378/chest.117.3.620
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During the years 1989 to 1992, when tuberculosis (TB) emerged once again as a major problem in the United States, outbreaks of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) among persons in several hospitals1 and other institutional settings2 were reported. To prevent the spread of MDR-TB across the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a national action plan to combat MDR-TB,3 revised the guidelines for preventing the transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in health care facilities,4 and recommended treatment strategies for TB.34 As a result of the collaborative effort of national and state agencies, professional organizations, and health care professionals, the incidence of TB in the United States has decreased.5

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