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ATLANTA ― Just three years ago, a tuberculosis outbreak here put Georgia on the verge of a public health emergency.

The drug-resistant TB had quietly spread for the better part of a decade among this city’s homeless population. Then in 2014, the stubborn strain turned fatal, killing at least three men and infecting dozens. The deadly “Atlanta strain” also cropped up in more than a dozen states nationwide. Alarmed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention intervened with emergency aid.

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