Raising awareness of TB

31 March 2016

Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious bacterial infection but it can be treated. By raising awareness of the disease and its symptoms it is hoped more people can receive the help they need to help stop the spread of TB across London.


Brent has the second highest rate of TB cases in London. In 2014 Brent had 204 confirmed cases, but this is a decrease of 25 per cent from 2013.


Eight out of ten cases in London are in people born abroad, and ten per cent of cases are homeless people or people with drug or alcohol problems. However, anyone can get TB which is why it is important to know the symptoms and to speak to your GP if you are concerned.


Symptoms of TB include:


  • a cough that last more than three weeks
  • coughing up blood
  • weight loss
  • night sweats
  • high temperature
  • tiredness
  • loss of appetite
  • swollen glands.


Public Health England has put together a film, following Emma Thompson and her son Tindy Agaba who was diagnosed and treated in 2011. 



To find out more about TB in London read the 2014 annual review of TB (.pdf)