London hit by drug-resistant outbreak of TB

GPs in north London have been told to be on alert for patients with a drug-resistant strain of TB.

The outbreak of isoniazid-mono-resistant TB, which was first recognised in 2000, is continuing to spread among at-risk groups in Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Islington.

To date, 261 cases have been reported, of which 222 were diagnosed in London.

The Health Protection Agency said prompt access to healthcare and early diagnosis were essential and recommended all cases be given directly observed therapy.

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