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Norfolk scientist praises ground-breaking meeting on deadly disease

PUBLISHED: 08:25 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:51 25 September 2018

The United Nations meeting focused on TB could catalyse significant progress toward tackling the deadly disease. Photo: Gareth Fuller

The United Nations meeting focused on TB could catalyse significant progress toward tackling the deadly disease. Photo: Gareth Fuller

The United Nations is to hold their first ever meeting on a deadly disease which affects more than 5,000 people in England yearly.

On Wednesday, September 26, global attention will be focused on finding ways to fight Tuberculosis at a High-Level meeting in New York.

Mark Pointer, who works in the microbiology department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital said: “TB has a low profile and has become neglected. TB is a horrible disease and those affected can face years of treatment, consisting thousands of pills that can cause severe and permanent side effects.”

“[In Norfolk] We live only two hours away from Stratford in London, which is actually the TB capital of Western Europe.

“We cannot be complacent as anyone can catch TB – especially with the emergence of multi-resistant TB strains.”

Mr Pointer hopes this historic UN meeting on TB, will see ambitious commitments from global heads of states, including our own prime minister, Theresa May.

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