XDR-TB Spreads in KZN

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Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) has now

spread to most parts of KwaZulu-Natal after first being

detected in the Tugela Ferry area. Bruce Margot, head of the

provincial TB programme, said that the aim of the Health

Department is to have 86 mobile teams operational in the

province by June to treat drug-resistant TB patients in their

homes to contain the epidemic. KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni

Dhlomo said that interruption of patients' treatment caused

drug-resistant TB.

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