Key warning signs of the ‘world’s most deadly infection’ – from swellings to night sweats

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Cases of Tuberculosis has surged in parts of the UK and could destruct the nervous system, bones and glands – here are some of the key warning signs to look out for

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Health experts have warned that one of the world’s most deadliest infections is on the rise in the UK.

Officials confirmed they have seen an increase in cases of Tuberculosis in London, which has been dubbed the “TB capital of Western Europe”, as well as areas in the West Midlands and North West. Experts were stunned when the Victorian disease spiked by 10 per cent last year in England, with cases up from 4,380 in 2022 to 4,850 in 2023.

TB is the second leading infectious killer after coronavirus, which is said to have played a part in the recent surge of infections. In 2022, 7.5 million people across the globe were diagnosed with TB, which is the largest number to ever be recorded. A university in Wales also issued an alert over an outbreak during the summer of that year.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) previously said that this could have been due to people previously struggling to get a diagnosis due to treatments and appointment delays during the pandemic.

The bacterial infection can be passed into the air through actions such as breathing, laughing, spitting, and sneezing. It can destroy areas of the body including your brain, heart and abdomen. Although the infection mainly targets the lungs, it can also affect the glands, nervous system and bones, according to the NHS.

Dr Esther Robinson, head of the TB unit at the UK Health Security Agency, recently shared the key symptoms of the bug to look out for. She explained that a cough that has mucus and that lingers for more than three weeks, could be a key sign of TB.

She warned: “Not every persistent cough, along with a fever, is caused by flu or Covid-19. Please speak to your GP if you think you could be at risk.” However, new research revealed that four in five people who catch the infection won’t experience a cough.

Other symptoms can include

  • Night sweats
  • High temperature (fever)
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • New swellings
  • Loss of appetite

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