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When the drugs stop working

First case of highly drug-resistant tuberculosis is found in U.S.

January 2, 2010
By MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press Writers

(Editor's note - Once-curable diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria are coming back, as germs rapidly mutate to form aggressive strains that resist drugs. The reason: The misuse of the very drugs that were supposed to save us has built up drug resistance worldwide. Given Saranac Lake's heritage as a TB cure haven and the fact that the village's Trudeau Institute is actively engaged in trying to control these drug-resistant TB strains, we considered this story of local interest.)



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