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Tuberculosis

Richard E. Chaisson and Jean B. Nachega

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070625_update_001

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Tuberculosis

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Tuberculosis is caused by organisms of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, including M. tuberculosis (the most important), M. bovis, and M. africanum. It has been present since antiquity and is the second leading infectious cause of death after HIV infection. An estimated 2 billion people worldwide carry latent infection, when ...

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Subjects: Medical Microbiology and Virology ; Infectious Diseases

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