TB incidence in UK decreases for first time in two decades

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 09 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8033
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Last year saw a decline in new cases of tuberculosis in the United Kingdom, reversing a 20 year trend of increasing incidence, according to new figures released by the Health Protection Agency.

In 2010 a total of 8483 cases of tuberculosis were reported in the UK, a rate of 13.6 cases per 100 000 population. This is a decrease of 4.9% in the number of cases and a 5.6% decline in the rate from 2009.

The research also found, however, that one in 20 patients with tuberculosis was failing to complete the full treatment for their infection because they were “lost to follow-up.”

The …

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