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No asylum seeker TB cases found

A GP who screens newly-arrived asylum seekers for tuberculosis has revealed that the £250,000 Home Office scheme has failed to identify a single case despite screening 4,340 people in six months.

Dr Peter LeFeuvre,

who practises in Dover, said screening was worthwhile but the Government should spend more to ease poverty and overcrowding among asylum seekers.

He said anecdotal evidence suggested most asylum seekers developed TB after arrival because of their poor living conditions.

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