XDR-TB

25th March 2017

Report: Global increase in drug-resistant TB threatens to ruin efforts to eradicate the disease

Although a small number of repurposed and new drugs have recently become available to treat drug-resistant TB (including bedaquiline, delamanid, and linezolid), the authors warn that […]
30th January 2017

Fears over rise of incurable TB

URGENT action, including rapid diagnosis, better access to medication, improved home-based care and more community-stay facilities for patients, is crucial in addressing the rising transmission and […]
23rd January 2017

DNA sequencing used to track transmission of incurable TB in South Africa

Cape Town | TB researchers suggest that urgent action, including rapid diagnosis, wider access to newer and repurposed drugs, and bolstering home-based care and building long term […]
20th January 2017

DNA-based detection test improves battle strategy against TB by finding undiagnosed cases in the community

Cape Town |  A recent randomized controlled trial revealed that 53% more patients initiated therapy for tuberculosis (TB) after a new diagnostic tool (GeneXpert MTB/RIF) was […]
2nd June 2014

South Africa: The TB Time Bombs

“My life has stopped. I don’t want anyone to go through what I’m going through,” 36-year-old Kirt tells me through the facemask that holds back the […]
22nd January 2014

Patients with deadly TB released in South Africa

The spread of a virtually untreatable form of tuberculosis in South Africa is being fueled by the release of infected patients into the general community, according […]
17th January 2014

SA grapples to mitigate drug-resistant TB – study

Patients with contagious and highly drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) are being routinely discharged from hospitals across South Africa, exposing others in their communities to potentially deadly infections, researchers […]
17th January 2014

Long-term outcomes of patients with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa: a cohort study

Long-term treatment-related outcomes in patients with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis are unknown. We followed up a cohort of patients to address knowledge gaps. Download article The […]
10th May 2011

XDR-TB

Radio Interview with Prof Keertan Dheda on SAFM
15th April 2011

Nuwe masjiene kan MDR-TB gou raaksien (New MDR-TB diagnostic tool)

Splinternuwe masjiene wat vir die eerste keer middelweerstandige tuberkulose (MDR-TB) in staatshospitale kan diagnoseer,isdeurdiedepartementvangesondheid aangekoop. Download article Die Burger, 15 April 2011
21st September 2010

SA Health Workers Getting Deadly TB

UCT researchers have shown that health workers in South Africa are contracting extensively drug-resistent tuberculosis (XDR-TB), the most serious form of the disease that is extremely […]
19th May 2010

XDR tuberculosis in South Africa: old questions, new answers

In The Lancet today, Keertan Dheda and co-authors present an interesting report about early treatment outcomes of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis (resistant to isoniazid, rifampicin, any […]
1st May 2010

Early treatment outcomes and HIV status of patients with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa: a retrospective cohort study

Data from Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, suggest that almost all patients with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis are HIV-positive, with a fatal outcome. Since, there are few […]
1st May 2010

Multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis: a threat to global control of tuberculosis

Although progress has been made to reduce global incidence of drug-susceptible tuberculosis, the emergence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis during the past decade […]
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