Winning the battle against infectious TB

The number of cases of the potentially fatal infectious disease tuberculosis are down by around 31 per cent in the county.

Latest figures show that 109 people were infected in 2011 but last year it dropped to 75 – putting Herts reassuringly below the national average.

However, despite considerable efforts to improve prevention, treatment and control, TB incidence in the UK remains high compared to most other Western European countries.

Nationally, London continued to carry the burden of the infection in 2012, with 3,426 accounting for almost 40 per cent of the UK total, followed by the West Midlands with 12 per cent. As in previous years, almost three quarters of cases were in people born in countries where TB is more common. Of these the majority were from South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

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