UK sees small decrease in TB, but incidence is still high

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 26 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5885
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The number of new cases of tuberculosis has fallen slightly in the United Kingdom, but public health officials warn against complacency, as the incidence remains high relative to most other western European countries.

Last year 7892 cases of tuberculosis were notified in the UK, down from 8729 in 2012, the latest figures from Public Health England have shown.1 The UK’s incidence rose from the early 1980s until the mid-2000s and have been at a high but relatively stable level …

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