Friday, March 28, 2008

TB and electric fences

So you think TB is a forgotten disease, like leprosy?
Unfortunately in some parts of the world it is alive and thriving.

"I've seen people die and die. The only discharge you get from this place is to the mortuary" - 20 year old Siyasanga Lukas, a TB patient at the Jose Pearson TB hospital in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on how how patients are kept behind electrified razor-wire fences to keep them from infecting others.

(Source: The New York Times, 25 March).

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