[Comment] Remembering the basics: interventions to improve sputum collection for tuberculosis…

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WHO estimates that 30–50% of people with tuberculosis are untreated, in part because of underdiagnosis.1 Patients with undiagnosed (or diagnosed and untreated) tuberculosis are most likely to transmit infection, so strategies to reduce disease burden should focus on improving the pathway to care for patients. The past decade has seen welcome innovations in diagnostic technology, notably the Xpert MTB/RIF assay, which is significantly more sensitive than smear microscopy and provides rapid identification of rifampicin resistance.

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[Comment] Remembering the basics: interventions to improve sputum collection for tuberculosis…