It has been revealed in a recent report that the UK has been facing a huge outbreak of tuberculosis these days and fears have been raised as drugs are failing to treat the same.
A survey by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has shown that there was a significant increase in the drug-resistant cases of the disease in 2011 as compared to that a year before. While in 2010, the count was 8,410, it had risen by more than 500 cases in the following year.
TB is a disease that is easily spread through coughs or sneezes and mainly affects one's lungs, leading to fatal consequences.
However, the number of cases of TB on a whole has been noted to remain at ease since 2005 with total diagnoses almost 9,000 in count each year. But, the country alone has been showing a drastic data year by year.
Professor Ibrahim Abubakar and colleagues, who held the analysis, have told that the number of cases not responding any traditional antibiotics had increased from 342 in 2010 to 431 in 2011.
"It's very important that health commissioners, especially in parts of the country with the highest rates of TB, prioritize the delivery of appropriate clinical and public health TB services", says Abubakar, TB surveillance's head.