Diseases that are considered rare or almost entirely wiped out, are making a deadly comeback, according to new UK study.
The identified diseases include whopping cough, scarlet fever, tuberculosis, and measles. The National Health Service found out that these types of cases have been increasing significantly over the last five years.
‘Infectious diseases including tuberculosis and measles that are almost entirely eradicated make a come back in England. Migration, malnutrition and lack of health care access are the reasons.’
AdvertisementThe authority has recorded more than 2,000 scarlet fever cases since September. Scarlet fever characterized by the appearance of pinkish rashes following a skin infection normally affects children below 10 years old.
Another disease is tuberculosis of which at least 113 people of every 100,000 are afflicted, a rate that's significantly higher than in developing countries.
There's also an increase by 300% of cholera cases and around 38% of scurvy, a disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C, characterized by swollen bleeding gums and the opening of previously healed wounds.
Experts have pointed out several reasons for their supposed resurgence. One of these is migration. Many infectious people from countries where these diseases may be rampant have recently entered the United Kingdom. Malnutrition is also another possible cause.
Lack of health care access can also be an issue. The health authority of the UK already implemented a plan that cut down as much as £200 million of NHS funding, which could have been used for monitoring of infectious diseases.