We're not ready for Ebola

We're not ready for Ebola

We’re not  ready  for Ebola ...if the way we’re handling TB is anything to go by.

South Africa’s record in its initial handling of the HIV/Aids pandemic – without antiretroviral drugs – and the burgeoning spread of extremely/extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) casts doubt on the country’s capacity to cope with Ebola.

The known daily TB death rate in South Africa is nearly 14 times the average daily Ebola death rate across the four affected West African countries since March. XDR-TB, which kills 90% of its victims, is out of control in South Africa – a sobering thought when contemplating how we are likely to deal with – or more likely not cope  with – an Ebola outbreak.

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