Are South Africa's Prisons Breeding TB?


While in prison, Dudley Lee became sick with tuberculosis. He is now involved in an ongoing court saga against the state over negligence and a violation of human rights.

Prisoner of TB? South Africa's overcrowded, poorly ventilated prisons are "melting pots" for tuberculosis infection, according to Professor Robin Wood from the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre.

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  • South Africa:  Court Case Highlights TB in Prisons

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    A man who contracted tuberculosis (TB) while in prison is in a long-running court battle with the Department of Correctional Services. read more »

  • South Africa:  Former Prisoner Gets TB and Takes Government to Court

    GroundUp, 20 June 2012

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  • South Africa:  Prisons Breed TB

    Health-e, 13 June 2012

    South Africa's overcrowded, poorly ventilated prisons are "melting pots" for tuberculosis infection, according to Professor Robin Wood from the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre. read more »

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