CDC Sends Nurses Home with Some TB Patients 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.
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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

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.