Four killed directly by TB last year out of 315 cases reported
The deaths of four people in Ireland were directly caused by TB last year, new figures show.
The incidence of TB in Ireland has been declining but there were 315 cases last year, with five involving multi-drug resistance.
Some 44.1pc of people diagnosed were Irish and the rest were born abroad or of unknown nationality.
The latest Irish trends in TB come as a new study published today in the 'Lancet' medical journal shows TB remains the leading infectious killer of our time.
It was responsible for 1.6 million deaths worldwide in 2017, with drug-resistant forms of TB threatening control efforts in many parts of the world. In addition, in 2017, around a quarter of the world's population was living with TB infection.
The World Health Organisation first declared TB a public health crisis in 1993, and in 2018 the first-ever UN High-Level Meeting on TB made ending the disease a global priority. This included ambitious goals to treat 40 million people, and to prevent 30 million new cases between 2018-2022. A world free of TB is possible by 2045 with increased political will and financial resources.