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New TB drug in development in Belgium

It is possible to cure tuberculosis, but it is extremely difficult. The only drugs that can kill the TB bacteria are toxic, can damage the liver and cause deafness.

A new drug is being developed which directly attacks the part of the bacteria that generates its energy, as Dr Shini Somara reports.

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