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Tuberculosis in Inner London: evidence for an increase in young adults and immigrants

  • T. M. S. Barkham (a1), A. Drury (a2), A. D. Pearson (a1), R. Dybowski (a1) and H. Atkinson (a1)...

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We report a marked increase in the rate of notifications of tuberculosis in young adults in the London Borough of Lambeth. Analysis of notifications made to the Proper Officer over a 10-year period showed that the age specific notification rate in the cohort aged 20–44 years increased from 30/100000 in 1983 to 51/100000 in 1992. Analysis of St. Thomas' Hospital laboratory records of patients seen between 1984 and 1991 from whom Mycobacterium tuberculosis was isolated showed an increase in the number of patients of African origin from five in the first half of the study period (1984–7) to 25 in the second half (1988–91): 21 of these 25 had immigrated into England within 4 years of their illness. This finding is being further investigated in a prospective study of ethnicity, travel history and date of immigration of Lambeth residents notified with tuberculosis.

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