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Johannes Khumalo has is a former miner and has contracted TB various times throughout his life. He is currently so weak that he relies on home health care workers to help feed him, bathe him and get him to the doctor's office. Once a miner has contracted TB the disease can lie in wait for more than 10 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.
- David Rochkind
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- TB in Gold Miners / South Africa