Britons Battling With Record Rise of TB Cases

It seems that the contentious issue of spiraling incidence rate in pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) cases in Britain has sent shocker waves in the society. Adding to the concern, Health Protection Agency’s report has claimed that incidence rate of TB has crossed the record of 9,266 cases in 1972 to a 30-year high with 9,040 infections in Britain in 2010.

Even immigration from India, South-East Asia and Africa compounded by prevalence of TB infection among the homeless and drug users are reported to be contributing factors in spiraling TB rates.

With the shocking reports making reverberation in Britain, clan of doctors and health mangers in London has made their intention clear to rein in the rate of TB incidence in the near future.

Even a proposal is being drafted by London Health Programmes under the supervision of front-line workers and managers that works with local health trusts, to stabilize the existing dithering health situation.

As part of their proposal, GPs would be giving Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine within six weeks of birth of babies and furthermore, health staff, midwives and housing workers would be put through training to combat the culprit bacteria causing TB.

Welcoming the TB proposal, Department of Health spokesman stated: "We recognize that tuberculosis is a serious issue in London, particularly in more deprived boroughs and among the migrant community”.