volume 73, issue 3, P263-270 2004
DOI: 10.5025/hansen.73.263
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Abstract: Mycobacterial diseases, including tuberculosis, leprosy, and disease due to nontuberculous mycobacteria, are the major cause of death from infectious diseases around the world. About one-third of the world population is latently infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Over 8 million new cases and nearly 2 million deaths occur each year. Tuberculosis presents a significant health threat to the world. The pathogenicity of mycobacteria is related to their ability to escape killing by ingested macrophages, laten…

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