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Tuberculosis, Cholera and Measles are on the Rise in England

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England is facing an increase in the number of cases of tuberculosis, cholera, scurvy, whooping cough and measles. These diseases, mostly, are related to poor health services and living conditions in developing countries. For many decades, England was having rare incidents of these diseases.

In Britain, the tuberculosis cases have declined during the recent years. According to the report, the prevalence of tuberculosis is high in certain neighborhoods and health department officials should take action.

The health conditions have worsened in some regions due to lack of access to good health care.

Some experts in England call attention to a large recent increase in malnutrition — the number of people admitted to the hospital with malnutrition listed as the primary or secondary cause doubled in three years — as part of the cause of increases in certain diseases.

Dianne Jeffrey, chairs of the malnutrition Task Force, told that older people often incorrectly think that losing weight and having a reduced appetite are just a normal part of ageing.

“Much malnutrition is preventable, so it is totally unacceptable that estimates suggest there are at least one million older people malnourished or at risk of malnourishment,” she said. “Cuts to social care mean many older people are being left to cope on their own.”

As of now, the scurvy rate in the UK is 113 per 100,000 people, up by 33% from last year. Scarlet fever in the UK is also at all-time high. In 2014 alone, numbers of cases of scarlet fever were higher since 1960s.

In recent years, the overall tuberculosis rates in England have come down but some neighborhoods in the country have higher incidence rates than countries like Iraq, Rwanda and Guatemala, where they might be expected.

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