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WHO issues new recommendations for TB prevention

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The World Health Organization (WHO), in its latest set of guidelines for combating tuberculosis, has recommended scaling up access to testing and treatment for TB infection, especially among groups who are at risk, such as children and people living with HIV.

The recommendations are aimed at expanding access to testing and care for people with latent TB infection (LTBI) as they may develop active tuberculosis in the future if they do not receive appropriate treatment, Xinhua reports.

Dr. Tereza Kasaeva, the director of WHO’s Global TB Programme said, “The new guidelines will help countries catalyze TB prevention and contribute to ending the tuberculosis epidemic.”

Making sure everyone can obtain the treatment they need to prevent latent TB developing into active TB, according to Kasaeva, will save lives and reduce suffering.