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Thousands with TB lack treatment

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A third of tuberculosis (TB) sufferers in Thailand are not receiving proper treatment, increasing the risk of spreading the disease and their chances of becoming resistant to multiple treatment drugs. 

About 80,000 TB cases were reported in 2012, but about 26,000 were missing out on proper treatment, Department of Disease Control (DDC) deputy director-general Somsak Akksilp said yesterday.

This was because they do not have access to treatment, were not aware that they need to have continual treatment, or could not keep up with the drug regimen required to treat them, he said.

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