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TBC dead in Brandenburg: mass test arranged
Every year, more than 4,000 people in Germany contract tuberculosis. As a rule, the patients become healthy again without suffering any major damage. A 40-year-old from Brandenburg has now died of it. A mass test should now be carried out to determine whether there are other infected people.
The result of the autopsy is expected next week. In Brandenburg, a 40-year-old woman has died of tuberculosis (TBC). This is what the Neuruppiner health office assumes. A spokeswoman for the district administration said on Wednesday: "One hundred percent security should result in an autopsy of the body." The result should be available next week. It was initially said that this was expected on Wednesday of this week. The woman reportedly died on Monday. The health department had already been informed of her illness on Thursday last week. The authority made no further details about the woman with reference to the medical confidentiality. At first it was unclear whether it was open tuberculosis, which is considered to be particularly contagious.
Skin tests arranged for 200 people Skin tests were arranged for 200 people in the Ostprignitz-Ruppin and Prignitz counties. These may have been in contact with the deceased from Heiligengrabe, as a spokeswoman confirmed a report by the "Märkische Allgemeine". However, no further case of tuberculosis has been found so far. According to the authority, the district of Ostprignitz-Ruppin registers about ten TBC diseases per year. There are around 90 cases every year in Brandenburg. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), over 4,000 people fall ill nationwide each year. According to the RKI, 127 people died of the disease in Germany last year. The previous year there were 162 people. Scientists have observed that the years-long decline in diseases has weakened.
Hamburg had the most TBC diseases last year According to the RKI, in 2013 most cases, measured in terms of population, were reported in the city-state of Hamburg (10.62 cases per 100,000 inhabitants). In Brandenburg there were 3.93 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Last November, several TBC cases of asylum seekers in the state's central reception center and a teacher in Frankfurt (Oder) became known in Eisenhüttenstadt, Brandenburg. Back then, more than 300 people had to be examined.
TBC is one of the most dangerous infectious diseases. Although it is curable, tuberculosis is still one of the most dangerous infectious diseases worldwide. As a rule, TBC can be successfully treated with antibiotics. The disease, also known as consumption, usually occurs as an infection of the lungs. Various symptoms such as persistent cough, chronic fatigue, weight loss, fever with night sweats, and a prick in the chest can be signs of tuberculosis. In the event of such symptoms, a doctor should be consulted urgently, because untreated tuberculosis in most cases leads to death. (sb)