TALLINN - After a few years of stability, the number of Estonians with tuberculosis is increasing, and an alarming number of these new cases are resistant to treatment. Dr. Andrus Arro, chief of surgery at Kivimae Hospital, where the majority of TB cases are treated, estimated that at the end of 1998 about 60 out of 100,000 Estonians would have the disease, an increase of about 20 percent over 1997.Estonia and Latvia acquired a reputation in the early 1990's for being TB hot spots when they, along with Russia, were listed on the World Health Organization's list of 10 so-called "hot zones." ...
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