Simple, rapid TB diagnosis feasible in low-resource, high-burden settings

A streamlined approach to tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis requiring a single sputum sample and providing rapid, accurate results to patients proved feasible in rural Uganda, according to new research. At four community health centers, patients learned the same day as their visit if their sputum was positive for TB when analyzed using fluorescence microscopy. If negative, the sputum was sent immediately to a lab, where it was reanalyzed using GeneXpert® MTB/RIF (Xpert), a much more sensitive test. Xpert results were reported back to the health center via automated text messaging. The goal of the pilot was two-fold (1) to test the feasibility of this approach in a country where TB is endemic and (2) to assess its ability to increase the numbers of patients tested and initiated on treatment for TB.
Source :      2016/5/24 10:02

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