Health workers besieged by drug-resistant TB

The Times – Urgent new infection control measures are needed to stop doctors and nurses infecting their patients with deadly drug-resistant tuberculosis. Health workers caring for TB patients are six times more likely to be hospitalised with drug-resistant TB than ordinary people, according to a new South African study. The high infection rate among health workers – which include all hospital and clinic staff – is one of several factors fanning a major epidemic of multi-drug resistant (MDR) and extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB strains. South Africa is one of the world’s worst-affected TB countries with 460000 cases of the disease, of which 16000 are drug resistant. Read article