Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

Court case highlights TB in prisons

A man who contracted tuberculosis (TB) while in prison is in a long-running court battle with the Department of Correctional Services.

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Former prisoner gets TB and takes Government to court

Dudley Lee was arrested in 1999 and spent the next four years in Pollsmoor Prison, while he was tried for fraud and other financial crimes. About 70 court appearances later, he was found not guilty. While in prison he became sick with TB.

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IFN-gamma release assay favored for finding latent TB in pregnancy

The interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) is more specific, at least as sensitive, and may better predict disease progression than the tuberculin skin test in pregnant women at risk of exposure to tuberculosis, according to a report this month in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Otsuka: Response to TB CAB letter

Otsuka's response to TB CAB letter regarding pharmacokinetic studies, paediatric studies, and compassionate use of delamanid.

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Children bear brunt of South Africa’s tuberculosis epidemic

Amid the noise of crying and moaning children, a little boy lies in a cot, curled up and silent, his eyes staring blankly at the ceiling.

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India in race to contain untreatable tuberculosis

MUMBAI—India's slow response to years of medical warnings now threatens to turn the country into an incubator for a mutant strain of tuberculosis that is proving resistant to all known treatments, raising alarms of a new global health hazard.

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India: Govt bans serological test kits for TB diagnosis

Government has banned the use of serodiagnostic test kits for diagnosis of Tuberculosis in the country, following inaccurate results which could pose a health risk.

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South Africa: First nurses trained to initiate MDR-TB treatment

South Africa will increasingly move towards nurse-initiated treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the next five years, and a programme in KwaZulu-Natal Province, which has a high HIV/TB burden, is already training nurses to manage MDR-TB patients.

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South Africa: Overcrowding fuels TB in prisons

Tuberculosis (TB) rates in South Africa's prisons could be cut by up to 94 percent if the country reduced overcrowded conditions in cells and implemented active TB case finding, according to research presented at the recent South African TB Conference.

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SA ‘has to step up TB fight’ to hit WHO target

IT WILL be many years before SA reaches the World Health Organisation (WHO) target of curing 85% of newly diagnosed tuberculosis (TB) cases if measures to fight the epidemic are not stepped up, Margo Uys, co-chairwoman of the third South African TB Conference, said on Friday.

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