Region sees a fall in reports of TB

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The number of reported Tuberculosis (TB) cases in Yorkshire and the Humber are lower than the national average.

New figures show 605 TB cases were reported in 2012, compared to 661 in 2011.

The figures are published in Public Health England’s annual “TB in the UK: 2013 report”.

Dr Ebere Okereke, TB lead for the Yorkshire and the Humber PHE Centre, said: “TB is a preventable and treatable condition, but, if left untreated, can be life threatening. Although we have seen a slight decrease in cases in Yorkshire and the Humber in 2012, efforts to control the spread of this infection must remain a public health priority. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are key to reducing TB levels in the UK.”