Saturday, 8 December 2012

‘The tide has been coming in for 20 years, it’s been getting bigger and bigger and if we don’t do something we will be swamped with TB as we were 100 years ago.’

Britain will be 'swamped' by TB unless high-risk immigrants are routinely given blood tests, experts warn

  • 9,000 cases of tuberculosis in the UK last year - up 5% on the year before
  • Immigrants currently screened using chest X-ray
  • But experts argue this 100-year-old method only spots people with advanced disease, meaning many with no symptoms are missed
  • Calling for blood test used in the U.S. to be standard test 
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