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Poverty, Food Insecurity Contribute To TB Becoming Leading Cause Of Death In Madagascar

Al Jazeera: Madagascar: The vulnerability to tuberculosis
“…While many people imagine the country as a wildlife mecca, it is one of the poorest in the world, with at least 80 percent of the population living in extreme poverty and half of all children under five years old suffering from chronic malnutrition. The associated problems, particularly the struggle for food — as malnutrition increases susceptibility to the disease, according to the World Health Organization — have contributed to TB becoming the leading infectious killer in Madagascar…” (Worley, 7/14).

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