WASHINGTON - A dramatic rise in the number of tuberculosis cases across the Russian Federation reflects a situation in which Moscow no longer has the administrative responsibility for fighting the disease but the regions do not yet have the resources to do so. Aleksandr Khomenko of Moscow's Tuberculosis Institute said that 2.5 million Russians now have the disease - a number equal to one in every 60 residents of the country. And he pointed out that this figure is up by 8.5 percent since the beginning of 1998 alone. One of the reasons for this development is the lack of money available to Ru...
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