Monday, September 18, 2006

Health officials to discuss TB

By Chanel September
18 September 2006

Western Cape health officials are to attend an emergency meeting to formulate a plan to fight the deadly strain of extreme drug resistant tuberculosis. This extreme form of TB has already claimed the lives of at least 52 people. A special task team will now be formed.

Despite a provincial cure rate of 70% of ordinary TB, the disease is still growing in the province at an alarming rate. Keith Cloete, head of the TB/AIDS Programme in the Western Cape told the Weekend Argus that health authorities were still not close to curbing the spread of the disease.

The emergency meeting, which is assembled by provincial government, will take place on the 28 of this month.

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