Tuberculosis Rise in Britain Linked to Immigration
February 16, 2001
A survey of the United Kingdom's population found that more than 6,000 cases of tuberculosis (TB) were diagnosed in 1998, an increase of 11 percent since 1993. London holds the highest rate of infection, reporting an increase in cases of 71 percent over 10 years. Over 50 percent of all the patients were immigrants who had come to the United Kingdom in the past five years, many from sub-Saharan Africa. The report suggested more effective efforts and methods of diagnosis and treatment of TB among immigrants is needed. The report, published in the journal Thorax, was conducted by the British Thoracic Society with the Public Health Laboratory Service and the Department of Health.Adapted from:
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