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Drug-resistant tuberculosis a tiny — but potent — foe in L.A. County

Drug-resistant tuberculosis a tiny — but potent — foe in L.A. County

It was unlike anything Dr. Caitlin Reed had encountered in years of treating Los Angeles County's toughest tuberculosis cases. Gary A., a Hollywood resident with a complicated medical history, had arrived at a local hospital with a high fever and what seemed to be pneumonia. As he grew sicker and sicker, doctors figured out that he had tuberculosis — but none of the standard antibiotic treatments made him better. Reed, who runs a dedicated TB unit at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, had Gary transferred into her care and sent samples of bacteria collected from his lungs to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other labs across the country, to see what...

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