ETHIOPIA: Addis Ababa TB Risk

Health officials in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, are concerned about the spread of tuberculosis in the city’s crowded public transport networks and tightly packed “DSTV [satellite television] houses” where ardent fans come to watch English and Spanish football. During big matches, a single “DSTV house” can hold up to 100 people.

“I sometimes open windows to avoid bad smells but on most occasions people say they will catch cold and TB… [they think that the] cold that comes through the window gives them the disease, so the windows and doors remain closed most of the time,” said Daru Shifa in Addis’s Merkato area.

Health officials say there is an urgent need to address the misconceptions about how TB is spread in order to curb the further spread of the disease in the city, whose population is more than 2.7 million.

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