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# tb - Friday 30 December, 2016

Tuberculosis-fighting vaccine delayed again

It is now 18 months since supplies ran out worldwide.

# tb - Friday 15 July, 2016

The 'War On Drugs' is driving a global epidemic of HIV, TB and hepatitis

Major new study says jails hothouse infectious diseases, which are then passed on to the wider community.

# tb - Wednesday 9 September, 2015

BCG scars could become a thing of the past for most people

Only children in high-risk groups could be vaccinated.

# tb - Sunday 24 May, 2015

# tb - Friday 13 March, 2015

Travellers are three times more likely to get TB

And they get it much, much younger.

# tb - Thursday 8 January, 2015

A new antibiotic could finally turn the tide against superbugs and drug-resistant infections

And it could be just start of the discovery of dozens of new antibiotics.

# tb - Friday 14 November, 2014

Irish scientists have figured out ANOTHER way smoking is bad for you

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have discovered exactly how smokers are more at risk of TB.

# tb - Tuesday 9 September, 2014

The Government needs 25,000 badger body bags

The Department of Agriculture regularly carries out culls of the animals, as they carry TB.

# tb - Tuesday 26 August, 2014

Good news for babies: The BCG vaccine shortage is over

The HSE has said in June that it has problems with its supplier.

# tb - Monday 4 August, 2014

Ireland culled up to 39,000 badgers in six years

The Department of Agriculture is trialling a vaccination programme in a number of counties to see how effective it is but most badgers captured are shot.

# tb - Wednesday 7 May, 2014

As TB re-emerges, a link is found to low vitamin D in children

TB is re-emerging disease in Europe, and the study is the first study in children with a matched control group.

# tb - Monday 24 March, 2014

TB hasn’t gone away – it’s a silent killer

The disease affects 9 million people around the world every year.

Column: I can’t bear to look into someone’s eyes and tell them they will probably die

My patients see my white coat as a lifejacket. But the truth is that the chance of surviving drug-resistant TB is down to the roll of a dice, writes Dr Jennifer Hughes.

# tb - Friday 28 February, 2014

‘Thousands at risk’ after Doctors Without Borders expelled from Myanmar

The government defended its decision, accusing the group of creating tensions and instability.

# tb - Thursday 7 November, 2013

Column: Why is lung disease so prevalent in Ireland?

Ireland has one of the highest death rates from lung disease in Western Europe – only Belgium, Moldova, Hungary and Kyrgyzstan have higher mortality levels. Dr Edward McKone examines why.

# tb - Saturday 19 October, 2013

On patrol with Britain’s badger cull saboteurs

The cull in Gloucestershire is aimed at tackling the spread of TB in cattle but opponents say this will do little to combat the disease.

# tb - Tuesday 27 August, 2013

5,000 badgers to be killed as cull begins

Farmers say the cull will help curb tuberculosis in cattle, but animal rights groups say that the cull will not help eradicate TB in UK.

# tb - Tuesday 26 March, 2013

Worldwide fears over drug-resistant tuberculosis TB

Worldwide fears over drug-resistant tuberculosis

As Ireland notes record-low levels of TB, global experts have warned of an untreatable strain emerging in a number of other countries.

# tb - Friday 12 October, 2012

Rats recruited to hunt for TB in Mozambique

The trained rodents are going to sniff out the disease, apparently.

# tb - Thursday 30 August, 2012

‘Extensively drug-resistant’ tuberculosis on the rise worldwide TB

‘Extensively drug-resistant’ tuberculosis on the rise worldwide

A large international study has revealed alarming levels of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis across the globe.

# tb - Monday 20 August, 2012

Higher rate of infection among homeless ‘put overall population at risk’

New data published in The Lancet shows much higher infection rates of TB, HIV and Hepatitis-C among homeless people.

# tb - Monday 13 August, 2012

VIDEO: How the Black Death (and potato blight) came to Ireland Disease This post contains videos

VIDEO: How the Black Death (and potato blight) came to Ireland

Ireland was badly hit by fatal diseases over the centuries. These videos look at the history – and how Ireland coped – with some of these diseases.

# tb - Wednesday 2 May, 2012

Tuberculosis case confirmed at Griffith College in Dublin

One case of TB has been confirmed at the Dublin 8 campus.

# tb - Saturday 24 March, 2012

‘Shocking’ data confirms growing number of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis cases

On World Tuberculosis Day, health professionals have expressed their alarm over new research that exposes the levels of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

# tb - Thursday 24 November, 2011

Major Aids treatment fund suspends further grants over financial issues

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said today that global financial woes mean it can’t pledge any more funding until 2014.

# tb - Saturday 22 October, 2011

Cloverhill inmates, staff being screened for tuberculosis

Staff and inmates at the prison in Clondalkin are being tested after a number of prison officers tested positive for TB.

# tb - Friday 21 October, 2011

Patient at Louth hospital diagnosed with TB

The HSE has told a local radio station that the patient suffering from TB spent five days on a trolley in the emergency department.

# tb - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

Smoking could lead to 40 million TB deaths by 2050

Researchers warning about a significant increase in smoking-linked TB deaths worldwide have insisted that “tobacco control is tuberculosis control”.

# tb - Tuesday 2 August, 2011

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things to know this morning…

# tb - Saturday 16 October, 2010

HSE screens 336 people after TB outbreak in Cork school TB

HSE screens 336 people after TB outbreak in Cork school

HSE investigating the TB outbreak which infected 48 pupils and staff in Ballintemple.

# tb - Monday 23 August, 2010

SCREENING FOR TUBERCULOSIS has begun at St Finbarr’s Hospital in Co Cork for hundreds of children and adults today, following an outbreak.

Over 220 people will undergo emergency tests to detect the disease, after three children at the Ballintemple National School tested positive for TB in the past three weeks.

Although the disease is potentially fatal, the Health Service Executive has said that TB can be cured if antibiotic treatment is taken for at least six months.

Speaking on RTÉ radio, Public health consultant Dr Margaret O’Sullivan said that all children and the staff of the school would be screened over the next two weeks.

O’Sullivan outlined the screening process, saying that people would be given an survey to complete, followed by a Mantoux skin test, and – if necessary – a chest X-Ray.

She explained the symptoms of TB, saying that if people develop a protracted cough for longer than three weeks (perhaps containing blood), experience weakness, lethargy or night sweats to contact their GP.

On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Dr Kevin Kelleher called for the national screening programme to be expanded, and Fine Gael’s Health Spokesman Dr James Reilly has called on Minister for Health Mary Harney to set-up an immediate review of TB services.

The Ballintemple National School will delay opening for classes until the results of all tests are confirmed.