Saturday, September 02, 2006

Deadly new TB strain takes hold in SA

When we lived in South Africa TB was a huge problem.  The area where we lived had the highest incidence of TB in the world.  It was not uncommon to hear someone with a TB cough.  This new strain og TB, if it really takes off will have serious repurcussions, and many deaths.

A new, deadly strain of tuberculosis (TB) has killed 52 of 53 people
infected in the last year in South Africa, the World Health
Organisation (WHO) said on Friday, calling for improved measures to
treat and diagnose the bacteria.

The strain was discovered in
the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, and is classified as
extremely drug-resistant. Drugs from two of the six second-line
medicines, used as a last line of defence against TB, have proved
ineffective against the new strain. Read More.

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