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Shorter treatment for latent TB

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Latent or primary tuberculosis (TB) is often diagnosed in vulnerable communities, and to completely eliminate the mycobacterium requires a long course of treatment. Conventionally this has been 9 months of isoniazid. Although this is highly effective if completed, not surprisingly adherence to treatment is generally poor, particularly as side-effects can be a problem, and the patient probably wasn’t feeling unwell in the first place. …

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