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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.


Other CDC News for February 16, 2001

Companies Weigh Offer of Royalties for AIDS Drugs Aimed at Africa

Drug Makers Are Prodded on Cut-Rate AIDS Medications

TB Patient Appeals for Release: Judge Richard Boylston Put Other Action on Hold Until the Appeal Court Rules

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Adapted from:
Agence France Presse (www.afp.com)
02/15/01



  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 

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