Tuberculosis, Cholera And Measles Are On The Rise In England

Posted: Dec 26 2015, 2:11am CST | by , Updated: Dec 28 2015, 10:51pm CST, in News | Latest Science News


Tuberculosis, Cholera and Measles are on the Rise in England
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Scarlet fever, scurvy and cholera has risen in England. Tuberculosis rate has reduced a bit in recent years but still it is significantly higher than other developed countries.

It has been assumed that Victorian diseases are completely eliminated from developed countries but in reality this is not the case. Britain is particularly facing the resurgence of ancient diseases like tuberculosis, cholera, measles, whooping cough, scurvy and scarlet fever and the situation is getting worse with every year gone by. 

Over the past five years, scarlet fever has risen 136%, scurvy by 38% and cholera by 300% in England. Though, tuberculosis rate has come down a bit recently but still it’s alarmingly high in comparison to other developed countries. It is even considerably higher than many developing countries like Guatemala, Iraq and Rwanda. Last year, 5,457 people were diagnosed with tuberculosis in England.

“We think TB is a disease of developing countries or of days gone by, but TB is a disease of today. It certainly was a disease of yesterday, and we need to make sure that it isn’t a disease of tomorrow.” Dr. Onkar Sarhota, chairperson of London's Health Committee said.

An unusual spike has been seen in other ancient diseases.“There has been a huge rise in scarlet fever – 14,000 suspected cases in the last year, the highest since the 1960s,” London-based immunologist Dr Nuria Martinez-Alier told CNN. “We have seen a rise in the cases of tuberculosis, we’ve seen a rise in the cases of whooping cough, we have seen more measles in the last 10 years than in the last 10 years before that.”

Experts believe that the main causes could be immigration, malnutrition, increased poverty and lack of access to health care.  

According to National Health Service, around 7,366 patients have been admitted to the hospital due to malnutrition between 2014 and 2015, compared to 4,883 cases from 2010 to 2011.

“We meet families from across the UK struggling to put enough food on the table and at the extreme end you get people who are malnourished.” Chris Mould from Trussell Trust, which runs a nationwide network of food banks in Britain, told The Independent.

“We often see parents who are going without food so that they can feed their children and these parents often struggle to afford enough nutritious food for their children, too. We don’t think anyone should have to go hungry in the UK, which is why we’re working to engage the public, other charities and politicians across parties to find solutions to the underlying causes of food poverty.” 

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