Foreign-Born TB Patients in Japan Hit All-Time High in 2018

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Tokyo, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)--The number of foreign-born people diagnosed with tuberculosis in Japan hit a record high of 1,667 in 2018, data from the Japanese health ministry revealed Monday.

Meanwhile, the total number of TB patients newly confirmed in Japan last year fell by 1,199 from 2017 to an all-time low of 15,590, of which 10.7 pct were foreign-born people.

By age group, the number of patients in their 80s was the highest, at 4,534, or 29.1 pct of the total. People in their 70s followed, at 2,995, or 19.2 pct.

Of the total, 2,204 patients died, down by 102.

The number of foreign-born patients rose for the fifth straight year, with those in their 20s believed to be students particularly noticeable.

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