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Submitted by Mario Raviglione on
Community workers at the grass-root level are truly essential in TB care, and this report from Kenya furher strenghens the need to expand community care of TB as this facilitates support and eventually guarantees cure. At the same time, this approach may be very important for a true impact on the epidemic. In fact, emphasis on early identification of potential cases in a community will cut the chain of transmission, thus preventing infection to others, especially children and young people. In the end, it is the transmission to others that will determine if TB gets eliminated from a community and society in the future. Therefore, I hope that a special effort is made to educate people about the importance of seeking care when symptoms consistent with TB emerge. This will be the key to guarantee both the cut in transmission, a better care of people in early stages of disease and, ultimately,4fjc4 less suffering.