Health Highlights: March 17, 2015

March 17, 2015 2:14 PM

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Since 2007, a more sensitive test for tuberculosis has detected the infectious disease in nearly 2,200 immigrants and refugees bound for the United States who might otherwise not have been diagnosed with the illness, according to federal health officials.

With the sputum culture test, people cough deeply and spit material from their lungs into a container. The sample is placed in a culture dish and checked for TB bacteria growth, NBC News reported.

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