World TB Day, 24 March 2011 – NIH Statement

World TB Day, 24 March 2011, Statement of Christine F. Sizemore, Ph.D., and Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health.

[Excerpt]
“…Recent developments have created confidence that TB control strategies can be improved to stay abreast of the changing nature of the pandemic. For the first time in decades, a robust pipeline of candidate TB drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and treatment and prevention strategies are being evaluated in clinical trials. WHO recently endorsed a diagnostic test that enables health care providers to identify drug-resistant TB directly from patient specimens within about two hours rather than waiting months for a conclusive diagnosis. Drugs are being developed that, when combined in novel ways, may significantly improve the way we treat patients with TB. Vaccines are being developed that may one day prevent the disease, even in persons who are already infected with Mtb….”

Full statement at: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/mar2011/niaid-21.htm