oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Tuberculosis : a deepening crisis in South Africa : editorial
|Article Title||Tuberculosis : a deepening crisis in South Africa : editorial|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection|
|Author||Mary Edginton and Shan Naidoo|
|Publication Date||Jan 2007|
|Pages||37 - 38|
The national South African burden of tuberculosis (TB) and the rate per population are among the worst recorded in the world. In the last few years the country has been in the top seven of all high burden countries with more than 300,000 cases per annum, only surpassed by numbers from several highly populous countries - India, China, Indonesia, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The highest rates of TB in the world as reported to WHO are shown in Table 1, which demonstrates the difference between burden (incident cases) and rates. Seven of the countries with the highest global rates of TB are in southern Africa where 63% of all people with HIV infection are to be found.
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