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TB cases on the rise

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

MORE tuberculosis cases were recorded last year with 67 registered cases of the disease in the fourth quarter.

This is a significant increase from the fourth quarter of 2012, an operational research has revealed.

The increase in cases however is a reflection of improved services in detecting the air-borne disease, the research observed.

"The significant increase (40 per cent) in TB cases notified compared to 2012 indicates an intensified effort in detecting active cases and that the current strategies in place are effective and beneficial to the TB program," the summary report read.

The most recent statistics have shown that of the 67 cases, 345 were from the Central Division, 19 from the Western Division and 13 from the North.

In presenting her research paper titled Demographic and Clinical Profile of TB Patients in Fiji, TB nurse co-ordinator Central/Eastern Anna Alo said they had a success rate of about 80 per cent.

"My data from 2010-2012 came to about 80 plus percentage of treatment success rate and then we have default rates, so we're fortunate in Fiji that there are no multi-drug resistance strands," Ms Alo said yesterday.

She said in Fiji, the most common form of TB was known as pulmonary TB, which was TB of the lungs.

"This is important because these are the people that are spreading the disease, because when people cough, it spreads through the air."

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