TAXIS in Nelson Mandela Bay are carrier vessels for tuberculosis (TB) bacteria and play a huge role in the spread of the disease if no proper infection control measures are followed. So says Ruth Mufalali, the coordinator of the Red Cross Society's multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) programme.
"TB is an airborne disease and if a person in a taxi is infected they could infect others," Mufalali said yesterday on the eve of a historic campaign to test Port Elizabeth's taxi drivers for the disease.
"Imagine having to take a 20-minute taxi ride every day and your taxi driver has TB. You are at a high risk of contracting the disease. So we say to taxi drivers and conductors, prevent the spread of TB and open your windows."
Tomorrow will be the first time TB screening is done at Port Elizabeth's taxi rank in the CBD.
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