England TB rates fall by third since 2012

England TB rates fall by third since 2012

England TB Rates Fall By Third Since 2012

England TB Rates Fall By Third Since 2012 Image copyright Science Photo Library

New figures show rates of tuberculosis( TB) in England have declined by a third in six years, and are currently at their lowest level in 35 years.

The data from Public Health England demonstrates a 38% autumn since 2012, with a 9.3% decline in cases in 2017 alone.

Improved diagnosis, treatment and awareness are being credited for the autumn.

But England still has one of the highest rates of TB in Western Europe with just under 5,200 affected in 2017.

And TB is still one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

The data has been released to coincide with World TB Day on 24 March.

The World Health Organization’s campaign Light up the World for TB will see buildings and landmarks across the world illuminates up in red across the weekend 23 -2 5 March.

It’s hoped it will highlight the continued focus that is required to meet the ultimate ambition of stimulating England TB-free.

England TB Rates Fall By Third Since 2012 Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The BCG vaccine offers protection against TB

Dr Sarah Anderson, head of the National TB Office at Public Health England, said: “People often think that TB is a Victorian disease that is no longer a problem in England, but in fact it still affects over 5,000 people a year and there is still a lot to do until the target to eliminate TB is met.

“We urge everyone to join the fight to confine TB to history. World TB Day is an opportunity for people everywhere to be informed about TB, educate others and exhort governments to take action. This global motion will make a powerful statement and show solidarity for people who have been affected by TB.”

England TB Rates Fall By Third Since 2012

Tuberculosis facts

TB is a bacterial infection spread through inhaling tiny droplets from the coughs or sneezings of an infected person It mainly affects the lungs, but it can affect any part of the body, including the belly( abdomen) glands, bones and nervous system The most common symptoms of TB are a persistent cough for more than three weeks, unexplained weight loss, fever and night sweats. TB is difficult to catch and you need to expend many hours in close contact with a person with infectious TB to be at risk of infection TB can be fatal if left untreated – but can be cured if it’s treated with the right antibiotics over a course of six months The BCG vaccine offers protection against TB, and is recommended for newborns, children and adults under the age of 35 who are at risk of catching TB At-risk groups include: children living in areas with high rates of TB and people with close family members from countries with high TB rates

England TB Rates Fall By Third Since 2012
England TB Rates Fall By Third Since 2012
England TB Rates Fall By Third Since 2012
England TB Rates Fall By Third Since 2012
England TB Rates Fall By Third Since 2012

England TB Rates Fall By Third Since 2012

England TB Rates Fall By Third Since 2012

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