The German equivalent of the Centers for Disease Control says the number of active cases of tuberculosis (TB) diagnosed in Germany increased 30 percent in one year, jumping to 5,852 in 2015, up from 4,488 in 2014. That dramatic increase slowed significantly in 2016, when 5,915 cases were reported.
The two consecutive years of increases in TB are a marked contrast to the decade of steady annual declines from 2002–when about 7,700 cases were diagnosed–to 2012, when about 4,100 cases were reported. (See pages 210 and 211 of The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Annual Report released by Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on July 12.)
The stunning increase in the incidence of TB in 2015 came at the same time Germany experienced a massive wave of immigration from high TB burden countries in Africa and the Middle East.
“Net migration of foreign people amounted to 1.14 million. This is the highest net immigration of foreigners ever recorded in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany,” DW.com reported…
- Migrants Continue to Enrich Germany with TB, Leprosy, Rubella, Typhus & Whooping Cough.