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TB Claims One Life Every 17 Seconds; Almost Two Million People Each Year
Date:6/25/2010

New CDC Guidelines Prefer Use of Blood Tests, including QuantiFERON®-TB, to Diagnose Tuberculosis Infection in Certain Populations

Valencia, CA (PRWEB) June 25, 2010 -- The United States (U.S.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new and important guidelines on the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB). In these landmark guidelines, CDC advises that Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) blood tests are now preferred over the 100+-year-old tuberculin skin test (TST) for diagnosing TB infection in certain populations, including people who typically do not return for the necessary reading of TST results, and those who have received Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) as a vaccine or for cancer therapy. Typically the TST or IGRAs, such as QuantiFERON®-TB Gold (QFT), manufactured by Cellestis Limited, should be used as aids to diagnose infection with M. tuberculosis.

Developing countries are in a constant battle against the ravaging effects of the tuberculosis crisis. With global migration and the highly contagious nature of tuberculosis, the disease remains a significant threat to public health in the U.S. Settling into the lungs, the spine, the kidneys and the brain, tuberculosis can be fatal without proper treatment. The CDC estimates that up to 14 million people in the U.S. are TB infected and asymptomatic - with three-quarters remaining undiagnosed - and at risk of progressing to highly contagious TB disease.

For more information, please visit www.TackleTB.com.

TB disease can be prevented by treating the symptomless infection before disease strikes. Convenient and trustworthy testing for TB infection is vital in order to quickly identify people needing treatment and thereby preventing the spread of TB. QF
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