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South Africa takes TB battle to mine shafts

South Africa is shifting its lines in the battle against tuberculosis to mines, where lung-attacking dust, crowded working conditions and a pan-African workforce make the industry a focal point for spreading the disease.

Drug resistant TB strains, associated with cramped urban conditions, are spreading among miners, who have infection rates about three times higher than the general population, according to South African officials.

The disease is further spread when foreign-born miners - tens of thousands from Lesotho, Swaziland and other neighbouring countries work in South Africa's mines - return to their homes.

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