Doncaster is bucking trend for deadly disease

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Doncaster is bucking the national and regional trend when it comes to cases of the potentially deadly disease Tuberculosis (TB).

New figures, published by Public Health England (PHE), show that just 22 cases were reported last year, which is 7.27 cases per 100,000 population. Many of these will have been dealt with at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

And across Yorkshire and the Humber as a whole cases have dropped from 661 to 605 between 2011-12 - that’s 11.4 cases per 100,000.

For Britain as a whole however the news is not so good as rates are so high that, within two years, it is expected there will be more new cases than the US, where the population is five times as large.

The potentially deadly disease was contracted by 8,751 people in the UK in 2012 - a slight fall on 2011 but still one of the worst rates in western Europe.

Almost three-quarters of the cases involved people born in countries - mostly south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa - where the infection is more common.

Dr Ebere OKereke, TB lead for the Yorkshire and the Humber PHE Centre, said: “TB is a preventable and treatable condition, but, if left untreated, can be life threatening.

“Although we have seen a slight decrease in cases in Yorkshire and the Humber, efforts to control the spread of the infection must remain a public health priority.”

She added good access to screening was essential.