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Tuberculosis Figures for South Dorset Improve

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7:48am 21st August 2013

Figures seen by Wessex-FM show South Dorset has one of the lowest rates of infection of a lethal disease.

An annual report into tuberculosis has been released.

In the Wessex region West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland are in the bottom 3 for TB rates with just 2 people combined affected last year.

That's an improvement on 2011 figures.

Southampton had the most tuberculosis cases reported in the region lasy year with 39.

Dorset Health Officials say, almost 3 quarters of cases were in people born in countries where TB is common, like South East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Jim O'Brien, Wessex Public Health England Centre Director, said:

"TB is a preventable and treatable condition but, if left untreated, it can be life threatening. Efforts to control the spread of this infection must remain a public health priority. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are key to reducing TB levels in the UK so we encourage local health service commissioners to prioritise the delivery of appropriate clinical and public health services for TB, especially in areas where TB rates are highest."

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