Ministry: 170 Syrian Refugees Hit with TB in Jordan

Jordanian Health Ministry confirms 170 cases of tuberculosis among Syrian refugees

The Jordanian Ministry of Health has confirmed 170 cases of tuberculosis among Syrian refugees, including five cases of contagious tuberculosis.


 

According to the Director of Chest Diseases Directorate and Migrant Health, Dr. Khalid Abu Rumman, 40 cases were discovered inside Zaatari camp, with more than 110 cases outside it.


 

Abu Rumman predicted the number of TB cases to rise to more than 200 patients, particularly as medical reports indicate the rate of the disease among Syrians is 20 cases per 100,000 people.


 

Tuberculosis is a curable disease, although cases of contagious tuberculosis are often resistant to treatment, taking much longer to heal.

 

Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer

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