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Tuberculosis Is Leading Cause Of Death Among Black South Africans, S. African Institute Reports

“Tuberculosis (TB) is the number one killer of the black population in South Africa, the S.A. Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Thursday,” South Africa’s Times Live reports. “Spokeswoman Lerato Moloi said the population group was also most affected by flu, pneumonia and intestinal infectious diseases such as cholera” and that “colored people died predominantly of TB, followed by diabetes and chronic lower respiratory diseases,” the news service writes.

“‘Heart disease is often linked to unhealthy lifestyles associated with middle- and upper-class living standards, whereas intestinal infectious diseases, such as cholera, are linked to things such as contaminated drinking water typically associated with poor living standards,’ it said,” according to Times Live. The news service notes that “data was taken from a Statistics S.A. November 2010 report and analyzed from a socio-economic perspective for the SAIRR’s 2010/2011 S.A. Survey” (2/2).

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