Tuberculosis Increasing in Sweden

Tuberculosis is on the rise here in Sweden, new figures from the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control reveal. Immigrants coming to Sweden from countries in Africa and Asia account for most of the increase.

Last year, 643 new cases of tuberculosis were reported, a 16 percent increase over 2008. Over 80 percent of infections were found in people who were born outside of Sweden.

Despite the unsettling increase, however, Sweden can still boast one of the world’s lowest rates of tuberculosis.

“It’s still the case that TBC is limited to certain populations where there is more tuberculosis,” infectious diseases doctor Ingela Berggren told Swedish Radio News. “It’s not the case that we have a universal infectious spread among the Swedish population.”