Learn why tuberculosis quarantine is strictly enforced for drug resistant strains like XDR TB and why this is necessary to prevent epidemics from occurring.

Quarantine controversy

Critics say enforced quarantine is a violation of medical ethics and individual human rights. Health authorities say they have no choice.

Quarantine urged for XDR-TB

People with a new deadly form of tuberculosis should be quarantined - even against their will - to prevent the disease's spread, scientists argue.

XDR-TB patients face the law

The Western Cape health department says it is to take legal action to get three extreme drug-resistant TB patients back into a Cape Town hospital.

Why quarantine may backfire

XDR-TB patients are being kept behind fences. Is this sensible, or a crucial error in the fight against the epidemic?

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