In-depth: New resistance tests set to improve TB treatment

Elri Voigt
Nov. 24, 2022, 10:13 p.m.

Some strains of the TB bacterium have mutated to become resistant to some of the drugs commonly used to treat TB. Accordingly, one of the first questions to ask when someone has TB is which drugs will be effective in fighting that person’s TB. Unfortunately, quick answers to this question are not always available. As a consequence, people are at times treated with drugs that won’t work for their particular strain of TB. What’s worse, these drugs often have significant side effects.

As a result, the race is on to develop quick and affordable resistance tests for all commonly used TB drugs.

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