Drug Resistant TB in London, higher than 3rd world

A report has been published by the Chairman of the London Assembly Heath Committee, DR. Onkar Sahota on Tuberculosis (“TB”) in London. The report showed that cases of TB in London were higher at 150 per 100,000 people versus than Rwanda (63 per 100,000) or Iraq (43 per 100,000).  London accounts for 40% of the nations TB cases.

The web article on the London.gov.uk site is titled “Drug-resistant Tuberculosis – London’s shame”.

DR. Sahota also commented it is not due to migrants but more likely something that would be picked up when coming to the country.

An except from the report sums up the issue faced by the rising inequality and unhealthy populous. As food housing and food quality decrease so the increase in diseases increases. That disease base and increasing drug resistance will spread to other parts when the findings below are considered.  This is not surprising when it is common to go to work and find at least one person who has Flu type symptoms or a “bug”.  The pressure to be at work, even if ill, is greater than the consideration of one’s fellow workers.  Air conditioning serves as airborne illnesses agents.  The rising cases of Legionaires disease in the UK is also a direct result of “aircon”.

Quote “A new survey[3] commissioned by the London Assembly Health Committee found that one in five Londoners (18%) said that they don’t know what the symptoms of TB are, when presented with a list.
• Over half of respondents (56%) thought TB was transmitted through spitting – untrue, yet widely believed.
• Astonishingly, 17 per cent of survey respondents thought that TB can be transmitted through unprotected sex.
• More than two in five (43%) agreed that they would be worried if they had to tell their employer they had TB.
Stigmatisation of TB is widespread – for example, only 30% of Londoners said that they would be happy to spend time with someone who has TB. This means many people won’t seek diagnosis and treatment, even when they are very unwell, which can increase the chance of wider transmission, unknowingly passing TB onto family members and friends.
Drug resistance can arise when people fail to complete the full course of antibiotics to kill the infection. It is much more complex and expensive to treat, and the number of drug-resistant cases of TB in London is set to rise.” endquote