New data published by Public Health England (PHE) reveals that the number of people in England diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) is at its lowest level since 1990. The incidence rate of TB in England is now 9.2 per 100,000 population, going below the World Health Organisation (WHO) definition of a low incidence country (10 per 100,000 population) for the first time. There was a 38% drop in new diagnoses from the peak in 2011 to 2017 (from 8,280 to 5,102), with a 9% fall in diagnoses between 2016 and 2017 alone.
PHE has worked with NHS England and other partner organisations to implement the ‘Collaborative Tuberculosis Strategy for England 2015 to 2020’. This strategy includes raising awareness and tackling TB in underserved populations, implementing testing for latent TB in those arriving from countries with high rates of TB and strengthening surveillance and monitoring.
Source: UK Government, 25 September 2018