Nightclubs said to be cause of serious TB outbreak
- By: Helen Barratt
Last month the Daily Mail reported that young people in crowded nightclubs were spreading tuberculosis (TB) and causing a serious “outbreak.” The London Evening Standard also stated that, according to experts, “the hot, sweaty conditions of nightclubs and busy bars are ideal places for bacteria to breed. The disease can be spread by the saliva of a TB sufferer, either through kissing or sharing a drink.”
A spokesperson from the Department of Health confirmed that around 60 cases of the isoniazid-resistant TB had been seen over the past six years in Greater London. However, he explained that there was no common risk factor. Professor Francis Drobniewski, head of the Public Health Laboratory Service's national TB unit, confirmed that a link with drug misuse had been identified as a large proportion of the people were known drug takers.
The increase in the number of cases of TB reported in London is