HPA Press Release 2nd November 2006
“Cases of Tuberculosis rise steeply during 2005”
The cost of treating a drug-sensitive case of tuberculosis has been estimated to be £6,040, rising to £60,000 if the organism is multi-drug resistant. In 2004 7% of cases died, mostly among those aged over 65.
In 2005 8.7% of TB cases were resistant to at least one first line drug. Drug resistance was highest in London and lowest in Northern Ireland but did not vary with country of origin.