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Tuberculosis resurfaces - a disease on the rise

Tuberculosis resurfaces - a disease on the rise

Infectious disease

Janet Gibson
Nurse Consultant
Communicable Disease Control Unit
Institute of Pathology
Newcastle General Hospital
Newcastle upon Tyne

There has been a rise in the number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the UK in recent years, as well as the emergence of drug-resistant strains of TB. This article examines the facts about the disease, including occurrence, transmission, treatment and prevention. Basic facts about TB are summarised in Table 1.


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