New figures show 50 people treated with tuberculosis at Queen Alexandra Hospital

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NEW figures show there were 170 cases of tuberculosis across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight last year.

Officials say of these, 50 patients were treated in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth.

TB is a bacterial lung infection, which is spread through inhaling tiny droplets of saliva from the coughs or sneezes of an infected person.

Saturday marks World TB Day and specialists from QA Hospital are urging people to look out for early signs of the condition.

Nuala Whitehead, lead nurse for the Portsmouth TB Service, said: ‘The most important thing to remember is that TB is a curable disease.

‘Early diagnosis and treatment is key to preventing the spread of infection to others.’

Symptoms people should look for include:

· A cough lasting more than three weeks.

· Feeling unusually tired or ill.

· Weight loss or loss of appetite.

· Fever and heavy night sweats.