Health Care System FactorsIt is very important that patients with active tuberculosis (TB) disease adhere to their treatment regimen. Treatment adherence is not only important for effective therapy in patients, but also to prevent an increase in cases of drug-resistant ''Mycobacterium tuberculosis''. From 2012 to 2016, drug susceptibility testing was completed on 100% (113 of 113) of the TB cases confirmed by laboratory culture. During this period, the percentage of culture isolates obtained from TB cases that had resistance to one or more anti-TB medications relative to the total number of laboratory culture confirmed TB cases has ranged from 7% to 20%, with a five-year average of 13%. These statistics highlight the need for continued drug sensitivity testing for all TB culture isolates, and the need for directly observed therapy (DOT) for all TB patients to ensure that they take all their medications.
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