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Budget cuts hit TB clinics at the border

Even though many Californians think of tuberculosis as a foreign problem, experts say the cough and sneeze-surfing bacteria remains a risk in the state. Funding for disease control is shrinking, but tuberculosis is still spreading, and mutating new and increasingly lethal strains. The most drug-resistant variety of tuberculosis or TB known to science emerged a few months ago in India. Because it appears immune to every TB drug out there, scientists have dubbed it TDR TB, short for totally drug-resistant tuberculosis.