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Challenges of Treating Latent Tuberculosis Infection

Neil W. Schluger, MD
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Affiliations: New York, NY
 ,  Dr. Schluger is Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Correspondence to: Neil W. Schluger, MD, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, PH-8 Center, 622 West 168th St, New York, NY 10032; e-mail: ns311@columbia.edu



Chest. 2002;121(6):1733-1735. doi:10.1378/chest.121.6.1733
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After an alarming rise in tuberculosis cases in the United States that began in the mid to late 1980s and peaked in 1992, the past 9 years have seen a steady decline in cases (and case rates) of active tuberculosis, which now stand at a historical low. However, the country is far from the goal of elimination of tuberculosis, initially targeted by the federal government in its Healthy People 2000 project for the year 2000 and now pushed back to 2010. (The actual target is one case of tuberculosis per 100,000 persons, less than one fifth the current rate.1) What strategies are needed to reach that goal?

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