UK Tuberculosis Rates Highest in 30 Years
November 4, 2010
Last year, the United Kingdom recorded 9,040 new TB cases, the highest level in nearly 30 years, the Health Protection Agency said Thursday in its annual TB report. While new drug-resistant TB infections remained low at 1.2 percent of all cases, their number had almost doubled in the past decade, HPA noted.
"We are concerned to see cases of TB at their highest levels since the 1970s," said Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar, HPA's head of TB surveillance. "TB is a preventable and treatable condition but, if left untreated, can be life-threatening."
11.03.2010; Kate Kelland
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