RIGA, March 21 (LETA) - The number of tuberculosis (TB) cases dropped by 61 from 2015 to 560 cases in Latvia last year, Anete Jansone, a representative of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, told LETA.
According to the data of the center's infectious diseases monitoring, the TB incidence continues to decline in Latvia, but it still remains one of the highest in the EU.
TB cases in children have also been on decline lately. In 2016, TB cases in children aged 0 to 14 years was down by two from 2015 to 22 cases. Although the number of TB cases among teenagers aged 15 to 17 rose from four in 2015 to eight in 2016, overall, the TB incidence in adolescents has also been dropping in recent years.
In 2016, the highest number of TB cases was recorded in the age group of 40 to 49 year-olds, with men tending to get the infection more often than women.