Clinical update

Tuberculosis

Read our essential clinical update on a new tuberculosis quality standard from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
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Read our essential clinical update on a new tuberculosis quality standard from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Essential facts Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection caused by a bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. While it can affect any part of the body, only pulmonary TB is infectious. According to the charity TB Alert, there were 5,758 cases of TB in the UK in 2015 and 39% of them in London. This has dropped from a peak of 8,919 cases in 2011. Left untreated, TB is life-threatening, but is usually curable with antibiotics. The sooner the illness is diagnosed and treated, the better, both in terms of the individual’s health and in preventing them from passing it on to others.

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