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Discovering TuberculosisA Global History, 1900 to the Present$
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Christian W. McMillen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300190298

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300190298.001.0001

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Curing TB

Curing TB

Antibiotics, Drug Resistance, and Compliance in Kenya

(p.119) 8. Curing TB
Discovering Tuberculosis

Christian W. McMillen

Yale University Press

After antibiotics for TB were discovered and found to be effective in the late 1940s and early 1950s they were quickly introduced into the developing world. Kenya was one of the first places where antibiotics like isoniazid appeared in Africa. However, drug-resistant strains of TB quickly appeared as a result of inadequate monitoring of drug usage. To combat the problem of drug resistance the British Medical Research Council, at times with the aid of the WHO, ran several successful trials looking for a multidrug regimen that would be cheap and effective. The drug-resistance problem in Kenya, and elsewhere, might prove too much.

Keywords:   antibiotics, drug resistance, isoniazid, compliance, World Health Organization, Medical Research Council, Kenya

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