ANCHOR LEAD: TUBERCULOSIS CAN BE MORE EASILY PREVENTED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Tuberculosis remains a killer worldwide, but now research by Richard Chaisson and colleagues at Johns Hopkins has identified an agent and regimen that can prevent the disease among many people who've been exposed. Chaisson says the strategy works both in this country and abroad.
CHAISSON: Here in the US we recently completed a study sponsored by the CDC that looked at the same regimens that we used in African patients with HIV amongst people more commonly treated in this country such as household contacts of a tuberculosis case and we found that this short, very potent regimen worked as well or better than the standard regimen and it's likely that here in the US that the guidelines for preventing tuberculosis will change in the coming months to incorporate this new regimen. :31
Previous regimens for treating TB contacts were often abandoned because of their complexity, Chaisson says. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.