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Seventy cases of tuberculosis in province last year

By Staff Reporter

Published 24/03/2016

There were 70 cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Northern Ireland in 2015, new figures reveal
There were 70 cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Northern Ireland in 2015, new figures reveal

There were 70 cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Northern Ireland in 2015, new figures reveal.

Latest data from the Public Health Agency (PHA) reveals that the rate of TB fell 26% last year compared to 2014.

In 2014 there were 97 cases, in 2013 there were 74, and in 2012 there were 87 reported cases.

It is World TB Day today and PHA consultant Dr Michael Devine said: "People may think of TB as a disease of the past but it still causes the deaths of more than a million people each year, mostly in developing countries.

"With effective treatment TB can be a curable disease and World TB Day is an opportunity to raise public awareness to stop transmission of TB."

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