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WHO paper: TB vaccine could kill babies with HIV

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GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says a study has shown that babies with HIV could die if given a standard tuberculosis vaccine.

WHO says a three-year study in South Africa found babies born with HIV had a higher risk of contracting a deadly form of TB if given the widely used BCG vaccine.

The study recommends not vaccinating babies with HIV and delaying vaccination for those babies whose HIV status is unknown.

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The study was published Wednesday in the journal Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

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On the Net:

http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/87/7/08-055657.pdf

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