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epidemic, though they would help many healthcare workers, say the researchers. Reducing time spent in the hospital and shifting to outpatient therapy could prevent nearly one-third of cases, they note. About half of XDR TB cases could be prevented by addressing hospital overcrowding, improving ventilation, enhancing access to HIV treatment, and providing faster diagnostic tests, say the study authors.

Basu said that the problem is compounded in South Africa where there are long waiting lists of up to 70 patients hoping to gain admission to hospitals, and crowded wards with as many as 40 people packed into one room. Some of these patients have to sleep on the floor, and many travel for days to reach the hospital.

We can do a lot to change what is going on, said senior author Gerald Friedland, M.D., a professor of medicine at Yale. This is a train crash between the two epidemics of HIV and TB, and we have to address both problems together to fix this situation.


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Contact: Karen N. Peart
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Yale University
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