Our TB work in Vietnam in the media spotlight

Centenary Scientist Dr Greg Fox in Vietnam

Centenary Scientist Dr Greg Fox in Vietnam – a young researcher taking the fight against a global killer to the next level

130 years ago TB was Australia’s biggest killer – with a greater impact than cancer today.

In Vietnam 290,000 people have active TB and 54,000 people are killed by it every year.

One of our young researchers,  Greg Fox is working in Vietnam to understand how TB spreads in communities, and to work out the genetic factors that contribute to survival.

On Wednesday Greg and his work appeared on the Australia Network, which broadcasts across the Asia-Pacific.

In the run-up to World TB Day on Saturday March 24, Greg has also been talking on ABC Radio Australia, which broadcasts to Asia.

Listen to his radio interview here.

Find more about Greg’s latest work here:PDF format Vietnam release and background

Or his other Vietnam work here.

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  • yossef aelony, MD, FACP, FCCP

    This message is for Greg Fox & others involved with TB control in VietNam. While rounding in HCMC, Vietnam for 2.5 weeks in November 2013 & 10days in November 2012, at the Gia Dinh Govt Hospital, I have seen several TB patients who had sufficient reasons to be treated for TB long before the current admission The most obvious cases are those with a lymphocytic pleural effusion which does not recur after tapping so are discharged from medical care. In the industrialized nations, we treat all lymphocytic effusions in young people with a + tuberculin test (which applies to most people in VietNam), but the physicians told me on several occasions that the government pays for medication on all proven cases of TB (culture or biopsy) but forbids Rx on unproven cases. In the USA, about half of childhood TB cases are based on clinical picture & the disappearance of symptoms & xray findings on RIPE. I suggest that the failure of TB to diminish in VN is the official program of providing treatment for advanced disease but not for early disease.


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