Cases of TB are falling in latest report
THE number of tuberculosis cases have dropped in the region to below the national average.
New figures from Public Health England show 184 TB cases were reported in Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire in 2012 with a rate of 7.8 per 100,000, almost half the national average of 14.
The number is three less than in 2011 when a rate of 7.7 per 100,000 people was reported.
Despite the drop, and increased efforts to prevent, treat and control TB, UK rates remain higher than most of Western Europe.
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Dr Shona Arora, Centre Director for Public Health England in Gloucestershire, said: "TB is a preventable and treatable condition, but, if left untreated, can be life threatening. The spread of this infection must remain a public health priority.
"Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are key, so we encourage local health service commissioners to prioritise the delivery of appropriate clinical and public health services for TB."