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HIV-Positive Babies More Likely to Contract Deadly TB if Given BCG

July 1, 2009

A three-year study in South Africa found that babies who were born HIV-positive had a higher risk of contracting a deadly form of tuberculosis if given the widely used BCG vaccine, the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The study, which was published Wednesday in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, recommends "not vaccinating babies with HIV and delaying vaccination for those babies whose HIV status is unknown," writes the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer (7/1).

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