The Curable Disease That Is Killing South Africans

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This week marked World Tubercolosis Day, and while COVID-19 has clogged up headlines across SA and abroad, it’s important that we don’t forget about the one disease that’s been killing thousands of South Africans every year. We’ll get to the relationship between TB and COVID-19 in a sec, but for now, let’s begin with looking at TB’s impact on South Africans.

Tuberculosis, more commonly referred to as TB, is a contagious infection caused by a type of bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It’s the leading cause of natural death in South Africa followed by diabetes, other forms of heart disease, cerebrovascular diseases and HIV, respectively.

It most commonly affects the lungs, but it can also spread to other parts of your body.

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