Tuberculosis in the UK - time to regain control

Ibrahim Abubakar, Marc Lipman, Charlotte Anderson, Peter Davies, Alimuddin Zumla

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Easy travel and migration have allowed tuberculosis to re-emerge as a public health problem in many European countries.1 In the United Kingdom the number of reported cases is now at its highest since the 1970s. In 2009, 9040 cases of active tuberculosis were notified, which represents roughly a 75% increase over the past 20 years.2 Most cases occur in large towns and cities (fig 1?). We present an analysis of the size of the problem, factors driving the epidemic, weakness of our current control strategies, lessons to be learnt from other tuberculosis control programmes, and the actions required to achieve tuberculosis control in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberd4281
JournalBritish Medical Journal (BMJ)
Issue numberjul29 1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2011

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