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Report on health of migrants to UK shows high risk of TB and HIV

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7578.1088-b (Published 23 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1088
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Nearly three quarters of cases of tuberculosis, HIV, and malaria reported in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland in 2004 were in people born outside the United Kingdom. This is the finding of a report on infectious diseases among migrants published by the UK Health Protection Agency.

    The report analysed surveillance data for 2004 on a variety of infections in people born outside the UK. It showed that 70% of cases of tuberculosis and HIV reported in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland were in people born outside the UK. It also said that 70% of cases of malaria reported throughout the United Kingdom in 2004 were in people born outside the UK.

    Most of the newly recorded cases of chronic hepatitis B in England and Wales were also in people not born in the UK.

    Jane Jones, a consultant epidemiologist and head of the travel and migrant health section of the Health Protection Agency's Centre for Infections and one of the report's authors, said: “Migrants clearly have a disproportionate burden of infectious …

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