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Tuberculosis infection rates in Latvia remain some of the highest in EU

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTuberculosis infection rates in Latvia continue to decline. Nevertheless, specialists say that Latvia’s indexes remain some of the highest in the European Union, as reported by Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

SPKC infectious diseases monitoring data shows that there were 560 infection cases last year, which is 61 cases less than 2015.

Tuberculosis infection cases among children continue to decline. In 2016, tuberculosis was registered for 22 children under the age of 14. Although eight cases of tuberculosis had been recorded for teenagers from 15 to 17 in 2016, data for the past several years shows that tuberculosis infection rates among teenagers tend to decline, specialists explain.

Last year’s largest number of tuberculosis cases was registered among residents aged 40 to 49.

«The most common type of tuberculosis is lung tuberculosis. People who regularly use narcotics and toxic substances, people who drink alcohol or smoke a lot, people suffering from chronic illnesses that impact their immune system (HIV, lung or kidney illnesses, sugar diabetes, gastric and duodenal ulcer) and people who suffer from stress are under the highest risk of getting tuberculosis,» SPKC specialists explain.

Doctors note that strengthening immune system and maintaining a healthy lifestyle play a major role in preventing tuberculosis.

In the event of getting tuberculosis, it is necessary to commence treatment as soon as possible.

Symptoms of tuberculosis include creeping cough that lasts for several weeks, increased body temperature, loss of weight and sweating at night. In rare cases of tuberculosis patients may cough up blood, lose breath or experience intense pain in the chest area.

Residents in Latvia have access to free lung specialist consultations if they experience symptoms typical for tuberculosis.

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