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Gold miners in Southern Africa are probably the group worst affected by tuberculosis (TB) in the world. This is according to Dr David Mametja of South Africa’s National TB Programme. In a recent interview, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi compared the country’s TB burden to a snake, and said that TB among mineworkers the fangs of the snake. Speaking at a briefing earlier this week, Mametja also emphasised government’s concern about the high prevalence of the disease among miners, and said that it is holding an entire region back in the fight against TB.