Reversing the tide of the UK tuberculosis epidemic

21 October 2013

A primary-care based screening programme could help tackle TB in the UK according to a comment from Public Health England (PHE) published in The Lancet.

London has the highest rate of TB of any western European capital and the UK will have more TB cases than the USA within two years, if current trends continue.

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