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Tuberculosis Spreading In Britain Thanks To Immigration

Britain will be 'swamped' by TB unless high-risk
immigrants are routinely given blood tests, experts warn

A leading doctor has warned that Britain will be ‘swamped’ by tuberculosis unless new measures to diagnose the disease in immigrants are introduced.

The disease, which was rife in Britain until the 1950s, is an increasing and worrying problem in urban areas. Rising immigration has seen a surge in cases in the last 20 years.Under current rules, new immigrants from countries where TB is common are required to have chest X-rays before being allowed into Britain.

But doctors argue this century-old method only spots active TB once it is already destroying the lungs – meaning cases are often diagnosed far too late.

Other countries such as the U.S. use a blood test, which can detect the latent TB in those not displaying any symptoms. Cases have fallen since this technique was introduced in 2007.

At the British Thoracic Society conference this week, Peter Davies of the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, said urgent changes were needed to halt the decades-long rise in TB cases.

He told The Times: ‘The tide has been coming in for 20 years, it’s been getting bigger and bigger and if we don’t do something we will be swamped with TB as we were 100 years ago.’

TB is caused by a bacterium that spreads through saliva. The disease used to be known as consumption because the bacterium ate holes in the lungs. From 50,000 cases a year in Britain in the 1950s, the rate fell to 5,000 in the 1980s.

Last year there were just over 9,000 cases of TB - a five per cent increase on the year before, according to figures from the Health Protection Agency.

The main risk area is still London with 3,588 cases reported in 2011, accounting for 40 per cent of the UK total. And nearly three quarters of those suffering the disease were those not born in the UK.

Professor Davies and his peers recommend that people from the Indian subcontinent and sub-Saharan Africa, where rates are highest, should be given the blood test when registering with a GP. Those found to have latent TB can easily eliminate it with a course of antibiotics.

Speaking about the blood test, he said: ‘It’s a no-brainer. If we screen for latent TB we would eliminate the majority of cases of people coming into this country. Now we’ve got the blood tests, for goodness’ sake let’s use them.’

He added that with TB claiming up to 500 deaths a year, the numbers were as many as HIV. The homeless and drug addicts should also be screened because new infections have become more common among these groups, he continued.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2244512/Britain-swamped-TB-unless-tests-diagnose-brought-21st-century-experts-warn.html#ixzz2EOfK2E79


Added: Dec-7-2012 Occurred On: Dec-7-2012
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  • Isnt that how the europeans killed alot of natives in south n north america. Haha we're fucked thx immigration

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  • fuck what else , gonerrha goat herpies sick heathens

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  • Also, there will be more rain due to immigration.
    Really, immigration can serve as an explanation for, uh, almost everything really. Since the Anglosaxons immigrated. And the Normans. And all those who came afterwards.

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    • @MB-UK Do you think the Britons saw the Anglosaxons as anything else but heathen rabble? That the Anglosaxons did not despise the Normans?
      Must be nice to be in a position allowing you to look down on others without anything you need to do for it. Except having been born somewhere.

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    • @MB-UK your not landlocked. your the only country that's not over there except Iceland. make them swim if they want to live there?

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    • @MB-UK you've studied this it seems. immigration seems to be haveing a more immediate negative impact in Europe than in the US. just making an over the pond observation. think it has to do a lot with land mass. it's more diffuse over here maybe. not jumping on any ethnic group.

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  • why weren't the blood tests introduced when the US did it? you mean your beauracracy is worse than ours?

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  • You are not being politically correct.

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  • I knew they would figure out germ warfare was better than car bombs sooner or later.

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  • My mom was a med-tech and many years ago she warned my sisters and I about TB. It's going to be the next possible pandemic.
    The TB pathogen can stay virulent up to 2 weeks in open air. People with active TB spit on the side walks, you step in it, get home, and by touching your shoes - just to take them off - you've run a great risk at contracting the disease.

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  • Observe the fact that food packers on farms or in factories appear to be comprised of an illegal immigrant workforce. We're truly fucked if this actually kicked off. Meanwhile our emergency infrastructure has been fucked too. Reduced cops, medical staff and even a 20% reduction of an already stretched armed forces, all of whom would take over should a pandemic sweep across Britain.

    But we can't have testing! That would be racial profiling and offensive. Therefore we can all die off safe in th More..

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