Category Archives: IDSA 2010

IDSA Annual Meeting, Vancouver

IDSA’s 48th Annual Meeting: South African Physician Offers Update on Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis from One of the World’s Highest Burden Countries

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Dr. Andreas Diacon from Stellenbosch University in South Africa offered an update on MDR and XDR Tuberculosis from his vantage point as a clinician and researcher in South Africa.  One percent of the South African population is diagnosed with active tuberculosis every year—a huge disease burden.  He noted that when they are able to treat […]

HIV and Drug-Resistant TB in South Africa: A Perfect Storm

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“These are not accidents or random events, but predictable consequences of complex interactions,” said Gerald Freidland, MD, as he painted a frightening picture of the emergence of extensively drug resistant (XDR) tuberculosis in Tugela Ferry, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. He spoke to a packed audience at the 48th annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society […]

The Power of PEPFAR

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AIDS mortality in South Africa has seen an observed decrease at the population level from 2006-09 — the first time since the epidemic began, according to Jeffrey Klausner, MD, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Pretoria. He presented on the impact of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) […]