Barcelona wants to enter compulsorily to patients of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, which do not follow the treatment

BARCELONA, (EUROPA PRESS) The Agncia de Salut P&number;public of Barcelona (ASPB) wants to "form sistemática" enter mandatory by court order to patients of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, which do not follow the treatment for its cure, before the health risk to p&number;public of their attitude implies, s&number;n explained’ today the head of the department of Epidemiolog’to the agency, Joan Cayl. The objective of the ASPB is that those suffering from tuberculosis, with great ability to spread into centers of expertise to accomplish the treatment. Cayl explained’ in New York admitted in hospitals prisons and in units of confinement.

Cayl cifr’ in five cases that have been found, a proportion’n "very small&bath;" with the total of patients treated by the ASPB, and said that the "sensitivity" of the judges has been changed to dictate the deprivation of liberty of patients and to solve "short term" this problemática with these patients. In his presentation at the conference ‘Tuberculosis in large cities and updates from clínico epidemiol’tragic’, held in the Parc de Recerca Biomdica of Barcelona, responsible of the Tuberculosis program of the ASPB, ngels Orcau, said that these five patients, "very complicated" we forced them to get instances jurídicas, placing the good of the community over individual freedom. However, Orcau ensuring’ to the ésuccess was "partial" because of these five patients, one escap’ of the police surveillance and the other, which habíto last for different hospitals and treatments, is found in b&menu;search-and-capture with its obvious health hazard p&number;public. INCREASE OF THE RATE IN 2007. Orcau set’ the percentage of cases of tuberculosis in the city of Barcelona has begun to increase situásure, s&number;n provisional figures, in 30 cases for every 100,000 inhabitants, representing an increase as compared to 2006, with 27.7 cases, and 2007, with 29,7 cases. The responsible of the Tuberculosis program, said that of the cases, the proportion’n of immigrants is 48%. Resalt’ that tuberculosis is a marker of poverty and inequality, and said that in three barrios of Barcelona the rate is 80 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Orcau said that the percentage of treated patients is 88%, seven points below what is recommended by the Organization’n World Health. Joan Cayl said the incidence of tuberculosis in Barcelona is lower than in european capitals such as London or París, and that the Catalan capital vivi’ its worst between 1993 and 1994, when he was 70 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. On the same day, Irene Barrabeig, Unit of Surveillance, Epidemiol’gica de Costa de Ponent, I offered’ figures of the incidence of tuberculosis in L’Hospitalet, with a rate of 42 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 2005, which meant that it was the municipality with the highest incidence. Barrabeig said that of the cases detected in 2007, 54% are foreign nationals, highlighting the 24% of bolivians and a higher incidence in women. The expert said that they find difficulties to access the collective, adhere to treatment and follow-up contacts.