Health written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour, West Bromwich East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of multi-drug-resistant TB were recorded in each region in the last three years.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in the United Kingdom is assessed through systematic analysis of notification data obtained from the Enhanced Tuberculosis Surveillance System run by Public Health England (PHE).

In 2012, a total of 81 multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) cases were reported in the UK, 84 MDR-TB cases were reported in 2011, and 66 MDR-TB cases were reported in 2010. A breakdown of MDR-TB cases by PHE region and country for the period 2010-2012 is provided in the following table.

PHE region/country 2010 2011 2012 Total
PHE region        
London 29 34 36 99
Midlands and East of England 14 24 21 59
North of England 15 15 12 42
South of England 6 6 9 21
England 64 79 78 221
Northern Ireland 1 2 0 3
Wales 0 1 1 2
Scotland 1 2 2 5
United Kingdom 66 84 81 231
Source: PHE Enhanced Tuberculosis Surveillance (ETS), Scottish Enhanced Surveillance of Mycobacterial Infections (ESMI).

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