Edward M. worked in the mines for 12 years until he was released after a medical test showed he had TB and HIV. He is now very week and gets assistance from home health care workers This is the second time he has had TB. Once a miner has contracted TB the disease can lie in wait for many years until the patients immune system is weakened and the disease becomes active. South African Gold miners are particularly vulnerable to contracting TB because of the small, poorly ventilated work conditions, high rates of TB and high rates of silicosis, a lung disease often found in miners that increases the chance of catching TB.
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