Health Protection Agency warns TB cases 'too high'

The number of cases of TB in the UK is beginning to stabilise but is still too high, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has warned.

A total of 8,417 cases of TB were reported in the UK in 2007 compared with 8,495 in 2006, a small decline of 0.9 per cent.

Dr Ibrahim Abubakar, head of the tuberculosis section at the Agency's Centre for Infections, said: ‘While the apparent stabilisation of TB incidence in the UK is encouraging, rates remain at their highest since the late 1980s, and efforts to control and accelerate the downward trend must be kept up.

 ‘The key to reducing levels of TB is early diagnosis and appropriate treatment. TB is a preventable and treatable condition but if left untreated it can be life threatening.'

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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