Tune in to the NewsHour tonight for a much-anticipated story on HIV-TB co-infection. Here’s a teaser from the NewsHour touting tonight’s segment:
An Old Killer Finds Foothold in South Africa
Tonight on the NewsHour: Tuberculosis is an old disease that has been given new life by HIV. In the second report in the NewsHour global health series from South Africa, Ray Suarez travels to Durban and rural KwaZulu-Natal province to investigate HIV-TB co-infection.
Although HIV infected patients are living longer due to antiretroviral drugs, their weakened immune systems make them particularly susceptible to TB, which has become their number one killer. Complicating matters, strains of TB are now resistant to many drugs, leaving researchers scrambling to battle the resurgent disease.
For more information on the series, produced by Merrill Schwerin, and to watch previews of the reports, visit the NewsHour’s global health Web site, Global Health Watch, at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/globalhealth/