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A total of 23 XDR and MDR tuberculosis patients who absconded from two hospitals in the Eastern Cape last month are still missing, the provincial health department said yesterday.
"Seventeen MDR and XDR patients from Jose Pearson hospital, as well as six from East London's Fort Grey hospital are still outstanding," said spokesman, Siyanda Manana.
The department has embarked on a door-to-door intervention, collecting the remaining patients from their homes.
Manana said 71 patients were traced and returned to Jose Pearson hospital and 18 to Fort Grey. However, no family members with symptoms of the disease have come forward for a screening.
"We haven't received information on families who had symptoms of the disease. We encourage those that do exhibit symptoms such as sweating, tiredness, loss of appetite and persistent coughing, to come and get tested," he said.
XDR-TB is an extensive drug resistant TB that is virtually untreatable and is spread by coughing or sneezing.
Therefore, movements of patients who carry it should ideally be temporarily restricted, because they pose a major threat to public health.
Patients escaped through holes they had cut through the perimeter fence. - Sapa