A new test promises to tell Americans within hours, instead of days, if they have tuberculosis. The

A new test promises to tell Americans within hours, instead of days, if they have tuberculosis. The Food and Drug Administration approved Gen-Probe Inc.`s new spit test for tuberculosis, called the Mycobaterium Tuberculosis Direct Test. Now, doctors diagnose TB through an intensive laboratory test that takes a week, and sometimes more, to get test results. The FDA said the Gen-Probe test is 95 percent accurate and gives results in 4-5 hours. That means treatment can begin almost immediately.

A new test promises to tell Americans within hours, instead of days, if they have tuberculosis. The Food and Drug Administration approved Gen-Probe Inc.`s new spit test for tuberculosis, called the Mycobaterium Tuberculosis Direct Test. Now, doctors diagnose TB through an intensive laboratory test that takes a week, and sometimes more, to get test results. The FDA said the Gen-Probe test is 95 percent accurate and gives results in 4-5 hours. That means treatment can begin almost immediately.

Judi Hasson

Washington Correspondent

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