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CDC Sends Nurses Home with Some TB Patients

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CDC Sends Nurses Home with Some TB Patients

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CDC Sends Nurses Home with Some TB Patients

CDC Sends Nurses Home with Some TB Patients

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Tuberculosis patients who don't have private doctors to oversee therapy, or who seem unlikely to take pills with unpleasant side effects for several months, get daily visits from a nurse who watches them take the medicine in their homes.

It's called Directly Observed Therapy, and it's a major tool for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the fight to curb TB in the United States and around the world.