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UK government acts to curb rise in tuberculosis

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:877
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

The government has launched an action plan to curb a 25% rise in cases of tuberculosis in England over the past decade. A series of measures will target groups at high risk, such as homeless people, prisoners, drug misusers, and recent arrivals from countries with high prevalence.

The chief medical officer, Liam Donaldson, announced a batch of measures including new tuberculosis clinical networks, along the lines of cancer networks; named case managers for every tuberculosis patient; and higher vaccination coverage of babies in high risk groups.

Modern techniques to tackle the disease will be focused on, to bring about quicker and more effective screening, …

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