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ARGENTINA-ELECTION/TB
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October 24, 2019
In a poor Buenos Aires suburb, Cristian Molina's jeans and denim jacket hide his unhealthily slight frame,...
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Wider Image: 'White death' in Argentina: The hunger of poverty feeds tuberculosis
In a poor Buenos Aires suburb, Cristian Molina's jeans and denim jacket hide his unhealthily slight frame, his legacy from years of a poor diet that left him susceptible to the tuberculosis infection he contracted earlier this year, a disease of poverty that is making a comeback in Argentina. Molina, 26, lives in the shantytown of Lujan near the wealthy capital with his parents, six siblings and four nephews. Doctors think one brother contracted the disease in prison before spreading it around the family when he returned home. Cases of the "white death" illness, closely linked to poverty, malnutrition and poor housing, have been on the rise since the turn of the decade as Latin America's third largest economy has been battered by repeat recessions and inflation. Currently, fast-rising prices and recession are driving more people below the poverty line. The poverty rate stood at above 35% in the first half of the year. REUTERS/Magali Druscovich SEARCH "ARGENTINA TB" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: ARGENTINA-ELECTION/TB
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