Many South Africans are living with undetected tuberculosis (TB), while those who show symptoms delay seeking medical care, a survey has shown. This is according to the country’s first TB Prevalence Survey Findings released on Friday.
The study estimated that 390 000 people had TB in 2018, with 235 652 notified cases, while 154 348 were “missed TB patients” or undetected.
The survey, conducted by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and National Institutes for Communicable Disease (NICD), enrolled 55 000 participants, who were older than 15, across all province in 110 clusters.
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