Drug-Resistant tuberculosis, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 2001-2007

Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Oct;17(10):1913-6. doi: 10.3201/eid1710.100952.


In Africa, incidence and prevalence of drug-resistant tuberculosis have been assumed to be low. However, investigation after a 2005 outbreak of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, found that the incidence rate for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in KwaZulu-Natal was among the highest globally and would be higher if case-finding efforts were intensified.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Prevalence
  • South Africa / epidemiology