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S.Africa urged to isolate “killer” TB patients

South Africa should forcibly isolate patients infected with a highly drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis to stop the disease from spreading on the AIDS-hit continent, researchers said on Monday. South Africa’s outbreak of extreme drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), which has killed at least 74 people in the last several months, may force authorities to override patients’ personal rights in favor of the greater public’s health, the study in the journal PLoS Medicine said. Full Story

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