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New CDC Guidelines Prefer Use of Blood Tests, Including QuantiFERON®-TB, to Diagnose Tuberculosis Infection in Certain Populations
Date:6/24/2010

VALENCIA, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Today 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-Guerin (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.

"In the U.S., up to 14 million Americans may be infected with TB bacteria and are at risk of developing full-blown, highly contagious TB. With these sobering numbers, complacency about TB's public health impact is not an option," said Antonino Catanzaro, M.D., professor of medicine, University of California San Diego, and Non-Executive Independent Director, Cellestis Limited. "These guidelines encapsulate the enormous body of clinical evidence on the performance of the QFT test and reflect the significant benefits this test is bringing to TB control worldwide."

The CDC report, "Updated Guidelines for Using Interferon Gamma Release Assays to Detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection — United States, 2010" along with a companion implementation guide, appears in the June 25, 2010, Volume 59, No. RR-5 issue of the CDC's Morbidity & Mortal
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