241 CASES OF TB RE­PORTED IN IRE­LAND

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

• 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.

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