Spain has worst record on tuberculosis in Europe

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24 March 2005, MADRID-The number of people suffering from tuberculosis in Spain is one of the highest in Europe.

24 March 2005

MADRID-The number of people suffering from tuberculosis in Spain is one of the highest in Europe.

Numbers of tuberculosis are five times that in Germany or Holland.

In a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) said globally 5,000 people die each day from the disease – the equivalent of 15 aircraft crashing.

And in Spain there were 25 cases per 100,000 people or between 10,000-12,000 cases of the disease each year.

Along with Portugal, Spain has the worst number of cases in western Europe.

"This number is an estimate. It would be good to know exactly the number of people who suffer and how many have had treatment and what happened to them," said Joan Caylà, head of epidemiology at the Barcelona public health authority.

"In Spain we have not prioritised treatment of tuberculosis and as such we do not have exact data. We think that 40 percent of cases are never recorded."

But between 20-30 percent of new cases involve immigrants to Spain, said Cayla.

Barcelona is running a pilot scheme making contact with immigrants from Africa and Asia in particular to try to stop the disease spreading.

In 1993, the WHO declared the rise of tuberculosis had become a global emergency.

Since 1994, 17 million people have been treated and cured. The WHO programme involves only 22 countries, among them Spain.

More than 60 percent of the world's cases are found in India, South Africa, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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