Tuberculosis in Edmonton almost triples the national average

The rate of tuberculosis in the Edmonton area is almost triple that of the national average.

Now judged to be a “high risk area” it is estimated that almost 41 people in every 100,000 are infected with the disease in Edmonton.

In some areas in the east side of the borough the rate of infection exceed 150 in every 100,000 people.

To the west of the borough and Enfield local health authority has a rate of 27 people per 100,000 which still surpasses the national average of 14.

Edmonton MP Andy love has expressed his concerns about the exceedingly high levels of TB.

He said: “People tend to think of TB in the UK as a disease of the past and one that now only affects countries in the developing world, but, as these figures show, that’s simply not the case.

“The reality is that unless the Government really pushes for a coherent, cross-departmental policy on tuberculosis, we will be unable to achieve a reduction in the economic and human impact of the disease, which would be a tragedy.

“I look forward to hearing back from the Public Health Minister on what the Government is doing to reduce the alarmingly high levels of TB in my constituency.”

Mr Love has written to Public Health Minister, Jane Ellision and Enfield’s Clinical Commissioning group, asking them to take action against the figures.

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