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Tuberculosis rates in Redbridge are higher than both the national and London rates
2:59pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
Tuberculosis rates in Redbridge are among the worst in western Europe, new figures show.
The borough has the sixth highest number of people infected in London, according to Public Health England’s (PHE) annual TB report which was released this morning.
The latest available figures show the infection rate to be 56.3 people per 100,000, which is higher than the average rate in London.
The capital has the highest infection figures in western Europe.
The report says despite considerable efforts to improve prevention, treatment and control of TB, incidences of the disease in London were “worryingly high”.
The majority of cases were among people born outside the UK.
Babies in Redbridge now receive neonatal immunisation against TB.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, regional director for PHE London, said: "TB is a preventable and treatable condition, but, if left untreated, can be life threatening.
"Controlling the spread of this infection must remain a public health priority for London where the rates are consistently high."
A total of 157 of London’s 3,426 reported cases last year were in Redbridge.
Neighbouring Newham had the highest rate of TB infection, with 118.8 people per 100,000 carrying the disease.
London accounts for around 40 per cent of national cases.
TB is a bacterial infection which usually infects the lungs. It is transmitted when someone who has the infection coughs or sneezes, but requires close prolonged contact to spread from person to person.
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