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The South African Medical Research Council (MRC) has welcomed the new fast test for TB, which can provide an accurate diagnosis in less than two hours.

The new rapid test, endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday, 8 December 2010, could revolutionise TB care and control by providing an accurate diagnosis in about 100 minutes.

The rapid test approval, follows 18 months of careful assessment of its field effectiveness in the early diagnosis of TB, as well as Multi-drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) and TB complicated by HIV infection, which are more difficult to diagnose.