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TB Awareness Month

March is South African TB Awareness Month. Tomorrow is World TB Day. I cannot remember a time in my life that I was unaware of this disease, or a time where I was not afraid of it.

I want my patients to be more aware of the risks. I want people to stop thinking that just because they are wealthy or HIV-negative, they cannot get it.

I have seen too many people struggling through horrible drug side-effects.

Today, please do yourself a favour and become more aware of TB warning signs. Night sweats, unexpected weight loss and an unremitting cough should warrant a visit to the doctor.

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