TUBERCULOSIS, THE BIGGEST KILLER OF MANKIND: WHEN, WHY, HOW AND WHAT NEXT?
Professor Keertan Dheda, Professor of Medicine and Consultant Physician; Head: Division of Pulmonology, Groote Schuur Hospital; Head: Centre of Lung Infection and Immunity
Tuberculosis has caused more deaths than any other pathogen with over one billion people killed by tuberculosis over the last two centuries. One person dies from tuberculosis every three minutes – more than 1.5 million deaths per year. Tuberculosis is the most common cause of death in South Africa and we have the highest incidence of tuberculosis globally. Highly drug-resistant and incurable, TB in now on the increase. Why do we have such a high incidence of tuberculosis in South Africa, why do some get tuberculosis and others don’t, what are the origins of this disease, how was it brought under control in Europe, can we develop an effective vaccine, how can we diagnose the disease better, and how can it be optimally treated and managed? These and other intriguing questions will be covered in this two lecture course.
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Dheda K. et al. (2017). The epidemiology, pathogenesis, transmission, diagnosis, and management of multidrug-resistant, extensively drug-resistant, and incurable tuberculosis. Lancet Respiratory Medicine.