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Rapid TB test gets nod of approval from WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Wednesday its support of the Xpert MTB/RIF for rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis, multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB) and TB in HIV-infected individuals. The results of the test demonstration study were announced in September of this year in the New England Journal of Medicine, producing results for many patients in approximately 100 minutes. Current test could take up to three months.

“The Xpert MTB/RIF is a revolutionary technology that could allow TB programs in resource-limited settings to leapfrog from 19th century microscopic techniques to 21st century rapid molecular assays,” said Celine Gounder, MD, ScM, from the Center for Tuberculosis Research at Johns Hopkins University…