Research brief: Treatment of excluded groups key to tackling TB

TB must be tackled among socially excluded groups if the disease is to be controlled in the UK, public health experts have warned. Homeless people, problem drug users and people with HIV have the highest rates of TB infection and are the most likely to have delayed presentation. To tackle the problem, homeless people with TB need to be admitted to hospital to ensure treatment continuation, and all patients in socially excluded groups should be allocated a key worker.

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