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Free Content Resistance to anti-tuberculosis medications in the Horn of Africa [Notes from the field]

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We performed drug susceptibility testing among chronic patients hospitalised in the tuberculosis (TB) referral centre of the capital of Djibouti. Among 36 patients tested, 27 had multidrug-resistant TB and four had extensively drug-resistant TB. National guidelines must be revised urgently and the administration of second-line TB medications strictly controlled.

Keywords: Djibouti; Horn of Africa; MDR-TB; XDR-TB; tuberculosis

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Catalan Association for the Control of Tuberculosis in the Third World (ACTMON), Barcelona, Spain; and Infectious Disease Department, Hôpital Général Peltier, Djibouti 2: Department of Microbiology, Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron, Universitat Autonoma, Barcelona, Spain

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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