London hits TB crisis point

London has more cases of TB than any other capital in western Europe.

TB cases highest in vulnerable groups

TB is a preventable and treatable condition, but, if left untreated, can be life threatening.

Public Health England says treatment in London is successful, with over 85% of people completing treatment at 12 months - but that controlling the spread of the infection must remai9n a public health priority. Dr Yvonne Doyle went on to say vulnerable people are most at risk.

''People with social risk factors such as homelessness and drug or alcohol misuse still

account for a significant number of TB cases in London and the figures reinforce theimportance of NICE guidance on tackling TB among hard-to-reach groups, and of thededicated outreach services in London such as Find and Treat."

– Dr Yvonne Doyle, regional director for PHE London

TB figures 'worryingly high'

Although tuberculosis (TB) cases across the country have stabilised, Public Health England says cases in London are continuing to rise at a worrying rate. New figures show 3,426 cases were reported in the capital last year - making up 40% of cases nationally.

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Chest x-ray from a mobile testing unit Credit: ITV London

The majority of London cases were among people born outside of the UK and many of these were young adults aged between 25 and 44.

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London 'TB capital of western Europe'

New figures show 3,426 tuberculosis (TB) cases were reported in London in 2012, accounting for around 40% of cases nationally.

The figures are published in Public Health England's annual "TB in the UK: 2013 report" published today.

Rates of TB have stabilised nationally at around 14 cases per 100,000 since the mid-2000s following an increase in incidence seen in the previous two decades.

However despite efforts to improve prevention, treatment and control, TB incidence in London is at 42 per 100,000, the highest rate of any western European capital.

Public Health England describes the figures as 'worryingly high'.