241 CASES OF TB REPORTED IN IRELAND
• CASES of TB continue to be reported in Ireland — although the disease is under control. • Between January and September last year there were 241 TB cases notified here . • The HSE East reported the highest number of cases at 136 (56.4pc of total). • The male to female ratio was 1.3:1. • The highest proportion of cases occurred in those in the 3544 year age group (22.0pc) and in those aged 65 years and older (21.6pc). • Nearly one in two who contracted the disease were born in Ireland, 41.9pc were foreign born and 12.4pc did not report country of birth. • TB is a serious condition that can be cured if treated with the right antibiotics. • BCG vaccine stock, to protect against TB, ran out in Europe in 2015. The HSE said it continues to experience ongoing delays with the supply of BCG vaccine.