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The recent tuberculosis prevalence rates in Japan have been among the highest in industrialised countries. In 1997 the number of newly identified tuberculosis patients in Japan increased for the first time in 38 years. There are many underlying reasons for this resurgence, including public ignorance of the threat, epidemiological factors, insufficient medical countermeasures, and inadequate public health measures against tuberculosis. Improving the situation will require urgent scientific and political action.

Keywords: Japan; health policy; re-emergence; tuberculosis

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Department of Medicine, Mominoki Hospital, Kochi, Japan 2: Yusuhara Hospital, Yusuhara, Japan

Publication date: 2001-09-01

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  • The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease publishes articles on all aspects of lung health, including public health-related issues such as training programmes, cost-benefit analysis, legislation, epidemiology, intervention studies and health systems research. The IJTLD is dedicated to the continuing education of physicians and health personnel and the dissemination of information on tuberculosis and lung health world-wide.

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