Monday, October 30, 2006

Bad news, directly from Africa

The recent crash of an airplane in Nigeria, killing lots of people, is not the only bad news coming from Africa lately.
An article published today in The Globe and Mail (click here to read it) mentions the rise of a new kind of tuberculosis (TB), highly resistant to the drugs and antibiotics administered today to TB patients (which, by the way, are quite the same that were given to people a century ago). This disease, also referred to as XDR-TB, was diagnosed to more than 50 persons in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. According to reports, all of them but one died within a month.
A new drug is being reportedly developed, which will help fight this kind (and even more) of TB; however, the organization working on it (Doctors Without Borders) needs more funds and support to be successful on this project.
Would you like to help? Visit their web page to find more information about it.


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