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Rates of TB across Europe are not falling quickly enough, officials warn

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 26 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1661
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Rates of tuberculosis (TB) are declining too slowly for Europe to eliminate the disease this century, public health officials have warned.

A joint report from the World Health Organization’s Europe office and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control showed that the number of new TB cases in Europe fell from an estimated 380 000 in 2012 to about 360 000 in 2013.1

The majority (85%) of cases of TB occur in the former Soviet bloc, which has seen a decline in cases …

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