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Tuberculosis kills 1,500 Africans daily

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MAPUTO, Mozambique, Aug 25, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Health ministers met in Mozambique to address the growing tuberculosis crisis across the continent that kills some 1,500 Africans each day.

The AIDS epidemic in Africa is increasing the spread of tuberculosis, and a lack of health infrastructure to monitor and treat the disease is hampering treatment, reported the BBC Thursday.

Treatment for tuberculosis includes taking antibiotics regularly over six months, but if an individual is carrying a multi-drug resistant strain, therapy is more difficult.

Tuberculosis is primarily an illness of the respiratory system, and is spread by coughing and sneezing.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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