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Drug-resistant TB cases double in a decade

14th September 2011

Experts have warned that the number of cases of a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis have doubled over the last ten years.

Figures from the Health Protection Agency showed that there were 58 cases of this type of TB in 2009, compared to only 28 in 2000. Dr Ibrahim Abubakar, a TB expert at the Health Protection Agency’s centre for infections, said: "I think without a doubt there’s a need to make all healthcare workers, but GPs and A&E staff in particular, aware of the signs and symptoms of TB so they can recognise this earlier."

 

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