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Child's case of drug-resistant TB provides lessons

Child's case of drug-resistant TB provides lessons

Doctors at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center successfully treated a young child with drug-resistant tuberculosis, which may suggest ways to tackle a growing global scourge — and highlight the need for more study of the disease in the young.

Tuberculosis, a bacterial infection that usually afflicts the lungs, was once rampant in Baltimore and nationwide but has diminished, thanks to antibiotics. But TB remains a top infectious disease worldwide, sickening 9.6 million people and killing 1.5 million last year, including 140,000 children, according to the World Health Organization.

And the problem is becoming more troublesome as new strains of drug-resistant TB emerge...