London Surpasses Somalia in Active Tuberculosis Rates


Experts behind the health study said there was a “clear link” between the potentially fatal infectious disease and migration, and revealed that 80 per cent of sufferers were born abroad.

More than 2,500 new cases of TB were recorded in the capital last year, nearly half of the UK’s annual total.

Dr Onkar Sahota, chair of the London Assembly Health Committee which published the report, called the findings “astounding” and demanded Mayor Boris Johnson take action.

The study said the capital had the unwanted title of “TB capital of Western Europe” for over a decade.

It found infection rates in one in three city boroughs crossed the World Health Organisation’s “high incidence” threshold with more than 40 cases per 100,000 people.

In the worst hit areas, Hounslow, Brent, Harrow, Newham and Ealing, the rate was more than 150.

Official statistics show rates in Iraq are 45 per 100,000 while Rwanda had 69 and Eritrea 92.

  • Londoner

    Yes! Finally we did it in something!
    We’re number one! We’re number one! We’re number one! We’re number one!

    • Exile1981

      yes but being #1in TB cases is not as diverse as being #1in rape cases, so you need to knock sweden out of the top diversity slot.

      • Yo Mama

        And they don’t even come close to Saudi Arabia in terms of being #1 in beastiality!

  • The Butterfly

    This is the “progress” of Progressivism.

  • simus1

    TB is not “marketed” by the left as one of the scary, very scary, catastrophes just like globull warming, waiting to pounce on innocent snowflakes when unworthy governments are in power.
    Strange about that.
    Of course infectious antibiotics resistant TB is a different matter. Costs about a million dollars of taxpayer money and a year of treatment to beat.
    If the mostly “visiting” third world clients can even be persuaded to hang around to complete a cure once they decide they are “now fine”.

    • UCSPanther

      The various species of TB bacteria are notoriously difficult to treat, and have always been since day one. It can take years to recover, and victims can be left with permanent damage…

  • UCSPanther

    Ah, the old classic dread disease TB, also known as the White Plague and Consumption.

    Wonder how long before Cholera and the Black Death start reappearing with a vengeance in Europe…

  • ontario john

    Gee. and when the little part time drama teacher brings over 25 thousand refugees by Christmas, we can share in the fun.

    • Exile1981

      Assume 2/3 will be infected with something contagious… and 100% will be muslims.

  • FactsWillOut

    No link?

  • PapayaSF

    About five years ago I got rather sick and the doctor insisted I get a chest X-ray to check for TB. I was surprised, but he said TB was “epidemic” in San Francisco due to illegal immigration. Once I passed the tests, I got a pre-printed card from the city certifying me as TB-free, so it’s obvious that they deal with this often.

  • marty_p

    Polio may make a comeback if enough P@kis and Afghani’s arrive.