Sunday, November 12, 2006

Extreme TB cases gets worse

By Odette Ismail
12 November 2006

Over 200 new cases of the extreme drug resistant TB (XDR-TB) have been detected in KwaZulu-Natal.

More alarming information is that the disease has been found in 10 of the province’s health district.

Reports reveal that the disease is not confined to only the Tugela Ferry area.

Doctors told the Sunday Argus that this causes huge repercussions for people at high risk of catching the disease, especially those living with HIV/Aids.

The World Health Organisation has called on government to retest samples for indications of XDR-TB.

A survey done last month revealed that 68 people died from the disease in the province.

The Tugela Ferry’s Church of Scotland Hospital had 181 cases while 10 other health districts had 86 cases.

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