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TUBERCULOSIS - UGANDA: DEADLY STRAIN

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Mon 1 Oct 2007 Source: AllAfrica New Vision (Kampala) report, [edited] <http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/200710010036.html>

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Date: Mon 1 Oct 2007
Source: AllAfrica New Vision (Kampala) report, [edited]
<http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/200710010036.html>


A deadly strain of tuberculosis (TB) is on the increase in Uganda, the
Uganda National Association of Nurses and Midwives has warned.
Janet Obuni, the association's president, on Saturday [29 Sep 2007] said
each carrier of the drug-resistant disease [with active pulmonary
tuberculosis] was capable of infecting about 20 people in a lifetime.
"Without strict precautions, a bigger number of people will be infected
because this type of TB is dangerous as most of the infected people stay
with their families. The congestion in urban area and other places may also
add to the infection risks."

A medical staff at Mulago Hospital revealed that they had recorded 71 cases
of the deadly TB strain. "So far, there is no clear medication for the
patients. The strain threatens to cause a global pandemic, but in Uganda its
magnitude is not yet established. "Other cases were reported in Arua,
Mbarara, Kabale, Mbale, and Soroti districts, Obuni said. Addressing
journalists in Entebbe, Obuni appealed to the Government to intervene, [and
reported that] 10 members of the association from different districts
returned from Kenya's capital, Nairobi, where they were trained in methods
of tackling the serious disease. "Although we have received some training in
the management of multi-resistant TB from an international body, we still
need the Government to avail us drugs in order to check the disease before
it runs out of hand," Obuni said.


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