Tugela Ferry’s extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis – 10 years on

Chris Bateman


For 3 stormy years from the time Tugela Ferry’s doctors first uncovered what turned out to be an alarming countrywide extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) prevalence (2005 - 2007), they diagnosed 110 new XDR-TB cases per year. Yet by implementing a combination of interventions with a remarkable team, the tap was turned down to less than 10 cases in 2012, making the Church of Scotland Hospital an international beacon of best practice. Izindaba returned there after 6 years to find out how they are helping to quell the general TB epidemic itself. 

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Chris Bateman, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa

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Tugela ferry; South Africa; Tuberculosis epidemic; Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis; Church of Scotland Hospital

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(7):517-520. DOI:10.7196/SAMJnew.7838

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Date submitted: 2015-09-21
Date published: 2015-09-21

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