Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Tuberculosis more common in parts of London than in Rwanda, Eritrea and Iraq

Daily Mirror
The report, issued by the London Assembly, found a third of London boroughs exceed the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) “high incidence” threshold with more than 40 cases per 100,000 people.
And some borough wards are recording markedly more - areas of Hounslow, Brent, Harrow, Newham and Ealing have rates of more than 150 incidents per 100,000 people. ......Prisoners, refugees, migrants, people with substance abuse issues and homeless people were found to be most at risk of the disease."

How do you catch it?

TB is passed through the air and can be caught from being exposed to an infected person coughing and sneezing. It is usually caught off people who live together and affects mainly those with low immune systems. The most at risk are prisoners, drug addicts, refugees and migrants. People should not worry about travelling on public transport as the disease requires a consistent and close proximity, said Dr Sahota."

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