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Migrants in UK have low rate of infectious diseases

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Migrants in the UK have a low rate of infectious disease, according to the first report into migrant health by the communicable diseases watchdog published today.

Migrants in the UK have a low rate of infectious disease, according to the first report into migrant health by the communicable diseases watchdog publishedtoday.

The Health Protection Agencyreport states that most migrants are healthy young adults who have come to the UK to work or study.

But migrants are disproportionately affected by infectious disease. In 2004, 70% of TB and HIV cases reported in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 70% of malaria cases reported in the UK were in patients born outside the UK.

Jane Jones, one of the authors of the HPA report, said: 'There is little evidence that the general UK-born population are at risk of catching disease from affected migrants, although some UK-born ethnic minority communities may be at increased risk.

'Migrants may also continue to be at risk of infectious diseases after they have arrived in the UK, either because of exposure here or as a result of travel back to their country of origin.'

'Migrant health: infectious diseases in non-UK born populations in England, Wales & Northern Ireland'

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