Posted Date: 26th Mar 2012
The latest provisional figures on TB in the United Kingdom, released by the Health Protection Agency to mark World TB Day, show that there were 9042 reported cases of TB in 2011. Of these, 24.6% (1516 of the total) were in people born in Sub-Saharan Africa.
These figures show that African people and communities in the UK continue to be disproportionately affected by TB. More needs to be done to ensure that people within these communities are aware of the risks and treatment of TB. Stigma against tuberculosis must also be combated so that people do not fear being tested and receiving treatment.