Physicians in Narayanganj, Bangladesh report significant increase in tuberculosis cases

Local physicians in Narayanganj in central Bangladesh have reported a significant increase in the number of tuberculosis cases. Between January 1 and December 20 this year, 2,073 people were diagnosed with the infection. There were 7 cases that were resistant to multiple anti-tuberculosis medications. Poverty combined with industrial smoke and unhygienic living conditions were contributing causes. No deaths have been reported so far.

The risk of exposure to tuberculosis is quite low for most travellers. However, travellers who return to visit disadvantaged friends and families in village and urban settings should try to avoid crowded, poorly ventilated dwellings where transmission can take place.

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