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Tuberculosis cases in England will outnumber US in two years unless trends are reversed

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h355 (Published 20 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h355
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Public Health England and NHS England have launched a joint strategy that aims to eliminate tuberculosis as a public health problem in England.

The five year £11.5m (€15m; $17.4m) strategy, launched on Monday 19 January, is expected to achieve year on year decreases in tuberculosis incidence and a reduction in health inequalities, to eventually end the transmission of tuberculosis in England’s communities.1 A 10 point plan for accomplishing this is outlined in the strategy.

The plan includes improving access and early diagnosis; better treatment; improving contact tracing; tackling tuberculosis in under-served groups, such as homeless people and prisoners; and improving new migrants’ screening and treatment for latent tuberculosis infection. The plan will target urban centres that have the …

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