South Africa: Survey Finds 'Blind Spot' in Diagnosing People With TB
[spotlight] An estimated 390 000 people became ill with tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa in 2018, according to the country's first-ever National TB Prevalence Survey released on Friday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - February 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Many South Africans Are Living With Undetected TB, Survey Finds
[SAnews.gov.za] Many South Africans are living with undetected tuberculosis (TB), while those who show symptoms delay seeking medical care, a survey has shown. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - February 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: 400 People in SA With Highly Drug-Resistant TB to Get New Three-Drug Regimen
[spotlight] Treatment of drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (DR-TB) in South Africa has been transformed over the last decade. Most people with DR-TB no longer have to take daily injections and treatment is often completed in nine months, compared to 18 to 24 months in the past. Maybe most importantly, fewer people are dying of DR-TB and fewer people are suffering hearing loss, a common side effect of injections used in the past. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - February 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Eritrea: Eritrea - Insight Into Tuberculosis (TB)
[Shabait] Last week, Sister Hiwet Neguse, Head of the National Tuberculosis (TB) Controlling Program at Eritrea's Ministry of Health, revealed that Eritrea has made considerable progress in combating TB over the past several decades. This news is extremely positive and highly encouraging. It is worth noting, as well, that it comes not too long after recent reports were shared revealing that the country had achieved great success in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In the following few paragraphs, I provide a brief introd (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - December 23, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Eritrea: Significant Reduction in TB Incidence Rate
[Shabait] Asmara, 15 December 2020 - Tuberculosis (TB) incidence rate in Eritrea has significantly reduced in the last 10 years, Sister Hiwet Neguse, head of national TB controlling program at the Ministry of Health stated. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - December 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Government Intensifies TB Research
[The Herald] Fungai Lupande Mashonaland Central Bureau (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - December 15, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Sub-Clinical TB - Fascinating SA Research Helps Push Frontiers of TB Science
[spotlight] As much as 80% of adults in the Western Cape may at some point have been infected with the tuberculosis (TB) bacterium. While estimates are uncertain, rates are believed to be high in the rest of the country as well, with likely millions of people having been infected with TB. Most people's bodies, however, manage to suppress the infection and they do not actually fall ill. People who have been infected but who do not fall ill are traditionally classified as having latent TB infection. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - December 14, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: X-Rays and AI Could Transform TB Detection, but Red Tape Might Delay Things
[spotlight] Around ten million people developed tuberculosis (TB) in 2019. TB is the leading cause of death by an infectious disease globally, causing 1.4 million deaths last year--although in 2020 deaths due to COVID-19 will likely surpass deaths from TB. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - December 11, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Kirinyaga County Steps Up Fight Against TB With New Isolation Ward
[Nation] Kirinyaga County has stepped up efforts to prevent and manage tuberculosis (TB) following a reported rise of the disease in the region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - November 30, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Government Should Be Buying Its Pharmaceuticals Locally - - Especially Now
[Daily Maverick] Someone very special to me is ill with multidrug-resistant TB. As TB is the leading cause of death in South Africa, and a particularly unpleasant disease, this is a scary diagnosis. But she is young, receiving the best of care and will survive. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - November 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Buhari Calls for Urgent World Response to TB Cases
[Premium Times] Buhari calls on the international community to use the latest technology and tools to address the Tuberculosis (TB) epidemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - November 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Millions 'Still Being Diagnosed, Treated Based on Outdated TB Tools'
[allAfrica] Johannesburg -- According to the Step Up for TB 2020 report, millions of people are still diagnosed and treated based on outdated policies and using old tools and approaches - impacting the TB response and achievement of the UN's TB targets agreed by heads of state in 2018. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - November 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: What Is Behind SA's Higher TB Numbers?
[spotlight] A World Health Organization (WHO) report published last week showed more people are falling ill with tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa than previously thought - but also that the country's treatment success rate for dangerous drug-resistant forms of the disease have improved. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: TB Catch-Up Plan Underway in WC but Old Challenges Linger
[spotlight] In 2019 around 360 000 people in South Africa fell ill with tuberculosis (TB) and about 58 000 people died due to the disease, according to a World Health Organization Report released last week. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: The Slow Motion Race for a TB Vaccine
[spotlight] If the world had forgotten the importance of vaccines, COVID-19 has served as a stark reminder. Less than a year after the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), over a hundred vaccine candidates are under development and several large clinical trials are already under way, including some in South Africa. It is plausible that a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be available within the next year or two, although only time and properly conducted trials will tell. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 19, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news