More on drug-resistant TB; it’s on the rise in the UK
Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 2, 2013
Yesterday I told you about an asylum seeker from Nepal getting across the US border infected with one of the worst strains of drug-resistant TB; now I see that there is news from Great Britain—immigrants are bringing TB to the UK.
From the Halifax Courier:
“Cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis are on the rise”, the Daily Mail reported today. The Guardian also says that a study published in the British Medical Journal has found that cases of drug resistant TB in the UK nearly doubled between 1998 and 2005. They report that rising immigration and inadequate measures to control outbreaks “among prisoners and drug users” could be to blame. The Daily Mail also says the increase is thought to be linked to immigrants, particularly from sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent, contracting drug-resistant TB abroad before moving to Britain.
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