Small decline in TB rates in Britain.

Some good news in the continued small decreases:

A total of 7,892 cases of TB were notified in the UK in 2013, a decrease on the 8,729 cases reported in 2012. The figures are published today (25 September 2014) in the Public Health England (PHE) annual TB in the UK Report.

Latest figures give an incidence of 12.3 cases per every 100,000 people in the UK, one of the highest rates of TB in Western Europe.

As in previous years, London accounted for the highest proportion of cases in the UK, with 2,985 cases of TB, or 37.8% of UK cases.

The rate of TB amongst the non-UK born population (70 per 100,000). remains considerably higher than the rate in the UK born (4 per 100,000), The majority of such cases occurred amongst settled migrants rather than new arrivals to the UK, with 85% of cases diagnosed more than two years after entry to the UK. (Source: UK Gov)

The hot spots remain the same as 2013:

About 75% of cases were among people born in countries where TB is more common, mostly South Asia (60% of cases) and sub-Saharan Africa (22%).

Among people born in the UK, those from ethnic minorities remain most at risk, as do the elderly and people with a history of homelessness, imprisonment or drug or alcohol abuse.(Source: Guardian)

Of course, there was a time not long ago, when TB was nearly non-existent in Britain.

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