TB rate drops

2012-06-13 16:09

South Africa may be turning the tide against tuberculosis but it’s too early to rejoice about this warned David Mametja, the department of health’s chief director for TB control and management.

“The data for 2011 indicate that there is a decline in the number of new confirmed cases of TB but we still have a major problem on our hands where at least 1% of the population is infected with TB every year,” said Mametja.

The latest official statistics released by Mametja at the third TB conference in Durban today show that the number of confirmed TB cases decreased from 404 929 in the 2010 to 389 974 last year. It also showed that hotspots including KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Gauteng recorded a slight decrease even though case detection and contact tracing was intensified.

KwaZulu-Natal remains the hardest-hit province with 118 911 cases last year – a slight decrease from 122 960 in 2010. Eastern Cape, which ranked second, reported 60 046 and Gauteng had 55 450 confirmed cases.

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