Better Control of TB seen if a faster cure is found

The World Health Organization1 estimates that about one-third of all people are infected with bacteria that cause tuberculosis . Most times, the infection remains inactive. But each year about eight million people develop active cases of TB, usually in their ____1____. Two million people die ____2____ it. The disease has ____3____ with the spread of AIDS and drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis.

Current treatments take at least six months. Patients have to ____4____ a combination of several antibiotic drugs daily. But many people stop ____5____ they feel better. Doing that can ____6____ to an infection that resists treatment. Public health experts agree that a faster-acting cure for tuberculosis would be more effective. Now a study estimates just how ____7____ it might be. A professor of international health at Harvard University2 led the study. Joshua Salomon says a shorter treatment program would likely mean not just more patients ____8____. It would also mean ____9____ infectious patients who can pass on their infection to others.

The researchers developed a mathematical model to examine the effects of a two-month treatment plan. They ____10____ the model with current TB conditions in Southeast Asia. The scientists found that a two-month treatment could prevent about twenty percent of new cases. And it might ____11____ about twenty-five percent of TB deaths. The model shows that these ____12____ would take place between two thousand twelve and two thousand thirty. That is, if a faster cure is developed and in wide use by two thousand twelve.

The World Health Organization ____13____ the DOTS3 program in nineteen ninety. DOTS is Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course. Health workers watch tuberculosis patients take their daily pills to make ____14____ they continue treatment.

Earlier this year, an international partnership of organizations announced a plan to expand the DOTS program. The ten-year plan also aims to finance research ____15____ new TB drugs. The four most common drugs used now are more than forty years old. The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development4 says its long-term goal is a treatment that could work in as few as ten doses.


bacterium ( pl. bacteria  ) n. 细菌
tuberculosis n. 结核(病)
inactive  adj. 不生动的,非活动性的
antibiotic  adj. 抗生的  n. 抗生素
alliance  n. 同盟,联盟


1.  World Health Organization (WHO):世界卫生组织  
2.  Harvard University ( = Harvard ):(美国)哈佛大学
3.  DOTS ( Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course ):短期直接察看治疗
4.  Global Alliance for TB Drug Development:全球结核病药物开发联盟


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4.  A) make             B) take           C) try               D) test 
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8.  A) cured            B) to cure        C) being cured       D) having been cured 
9.  A) many             B) more           C) few               D) fewer 
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11.  A) bring about     B) contributed to C) promote           D) prevent 
12.  A) increases       B) reductions     C) creations         D) collections 
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14.  A) easy            B) uneasy         C) sure              D) unsure 
15.  A) with            B) to             C) onto              D) into 





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