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Shadow of TB is hanging over us

THE World Health Organisation's stark warning about the risks of a post-antibiotic era comes as no surprise to people working in tuberculosis.

We have long warned that we might soon need to reopen TB sanatoria and would have to pin our hopes on fresh air and relaxation as the only way to help people recover from the disease.

The way forward has to involve governments, scientists, prescribers and patients. Until recently, investment in tuberculosis research and development all but stopped. Hopefully, new research now under way will bear fruit and we will have a new and much more effective vaccine before the BCG vaccine marks its 100th anniversary in the 2020s.

MIKE MANDELBAUM

Chief executive, TB Alert

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