Tuberculosis outbreak hits the UK

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 14 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:884
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The United Kingdom is experiencing its most serious outbreak of tuberculosis (TB) for 20 years, with a total of 33 cases now confirmed in Leicester. The outbreak is centred at a secondary school—the Crown Hills Community College—in Evington, Leicester.

    Four teachers tested positive for tuberculosis at the end of the first week of April; tuberculosis had been diagnosed in 19 pupils and teachers earlier in the week. Tuberculosis had been diagnosed in three other pupils and three relatives during the previous eight months. Leicestershire Health Authority screened all close contacts of those who had initially been …

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