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Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis

This issue of MMWR Recommendations and Reports contains three reports about tuberculosis (TB), which were stimulated by the recent emergence of institutionally based outbreaks of multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB. A national meeting was held at CDC on January 22-23, 1992, on "Meeting the Challenge of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis." Results of the discussions at this meeting (summarized in this issue) were an important component in the deliberations of the TB Task Force convened by the Director of CDC. The Task Force developed the "National Action Plan to Combat Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis," which was first released in limited circulation in April 1992, and which supplements the 1989 "Strategic Plan for the Elimination of Tuberculosis in the United States." The Action Plan is now forming the basis for strategies at federal, state, and local levels in both the public and private sectors. This issue of Recommendations and Reports concludes with practical guidelines for clinicians who manage persons exposed to patients infected with MDR-TB organisms.

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