Published on September 25, 2009 by

Tuberculosis in South Africa: Pandora’s box?

Since 1990 the pre-eminent factor contributing to the current massive TB epidemic in South Africa is HIV infection. But the risk of TB in HIV-infected adults and children can be reduced by taking HAART. The WHO Stop TB Department now proposes the 3I’s strategy (Intensified Case Finding, Isoniazid preventive treatment, and TB Infection Control) to halt the rise of the TB epidemic. However, the 3I’s strategy has some pitfalls.