Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

U.K. Organizations Gear Up to Fight TB. (EH Update)

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

U.K. Organizations Gear Up to Fight TB. (EH Update)

Article excerpt

New cases of tuberculosis have been emerging at a worrying rate. There were around 8,000 last year in Britain and Ireland alone, an increase of 10 percent over 1999, and the disease shows no sign of abating. Globally, the situation is one of continuing severity. In 2000, more than 23,000 new cases were reported, and a staggering 5,000 people died.

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland is joining the United Kingdom's leading charity, TB Alert, to increase awareness of the killer disease and to raise funds to combat it.

TB Alert was founded in 1998, the first TB-specific charity in the United Kingdom since the 1960s. It aims to increase awareness and to raise funds to support work at home and abroad in combating the disease. Rotary sees its support of this work as being entirely in line with its philosophy of helping causes that have a major impact on the community.

David Liddiatt, Rotary's president, says: "Part of the problem is that everyone assumes the disease went away a long time ago, and that the recent cases we've heard about are just an aberration. But that's not the case."

TB Alert's Paul Sommerfeld confirms that TB is not just a disease of deprivation and poor living conditions. "A vital message of our joint campaign is that TB can strike anyone at any time, as the infections suffered by children at a London-based private nursery recently showed. …

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