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October 24, 2019
Brigida Simaniz checks the homework of her son Nicolas, 7, in her apartment in the shantytown of Bajo...
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Wider Image: 'White death' in Argentina: The hunger of poverty feeds tuberculosis
Brigida Simaniz checks the homework of her son Nicolas, 7, in her apartment in the shantytown of Bajo Flores in Buenos Aires, Argentina August 19, 2019. Brigida Simaniz finished her TB treatment earlier this year in May. She works in a textile workshop on 70 pesos ($1.19) an hour and lives with her two children, all three sharing the same bed. Her fear was passing the infection to her kids. "I was scared when they told me the diagnosis because I did not know it existed. I always followed the treatment as the doctors said for fear of infecting my children," said Simaniz. "Even though it was cold at night, I opened the windows of the room to circulate the air." 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 grappled with repeat recessions and inflation. REUTERS/Magali Druscovich SEARCH "ARGENTINA TB" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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