Eastern Cape treatment dysfunction boosts virulent new XDR-TB strain

Chris Bateman


At least half of all known drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) patients in the Port Elizabeth area (and possibly the entire Eastern Cape) are being treated with too few drugs, fuelling the spread of extensively drug-resistant TB and condemning them to death.

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Drug-resistant tuberculosis; Eastern Cape; Treatment; Drugs

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(3):165-167. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.9475

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Date submitted: 2015-02-10
Date published: 2015-02-10

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