Published: Thursday 15 November 2001

A controversial report has finally been released by South Africa's leading medical research body, detailing the shattering impact of the hiv virus on the country. The report by the Medical Research Council (mrc) warns that between five and seven million South Africans could die from aids by 2010. The mrc says that about 40 per cent of adult deaths in South Africa are now caused by aids. These findings, however, have been denied by government officials, who say that mrc methodology is not reliable. Africa is believed to have the highest number of aids patients in the world, with official estimates showing that 4.7 million South Africans suffer from the deadly disease.

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