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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Tuberculosis Stalks Cellar-Bound Chechens
Melikyan, Karina
February 11, 2000
Fox News Online (02/10/00)

In Chechnya's war-torn capital of Grozny, tuberculosis (TB) is threatening many individuals who have been forced to stay in damp cellars with little food. At the only specialist hospital in Russia's Ingushetia, which borders the rebel region, many supplies are lacking, and physicians there warn that "the tuberculosis situation is catastrophic." Most patients at the hospital came from Chechnya after rebel fighting, and already nine people have died from TB. The clinic has few beds and also lacks bandages, syringes, and drugs, including TB treatments.