From the BBC:
"Cases of tuberculosis (TB) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland rose by 10.8% in 2005, figures show. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) recorded 8,113 cases during the year, compared to 7,321 in 2004.
Levels of TB have been increasing year on year in the UK since the late 1980s, but this is the largest single year increase since 1999.
London recorded 3,479 cases, up from 3,129 in 2004. The North West recorded the biggest proportional increase.
The highest proportion of cases - 38% - were reported among people from an Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi ethnic background.
Dr John Watson, head of the HPA's Respiratory Diseases Department, said the largest increase was seen among patients not born in the UK, who accounted for 5,310 cases.
Levels of TB in the UK-born population remained stable.
However, he said only 22% of these non-UK born patients in 2005 arrived in the UK during the past two years.
"This suggests that the increase is not a result of a large number of individuals arriving recently with TB but rather a combination of TB disease developing in individuals who may have been infected for some time and new infections acquired in the UK, or as a result of travel to other countries where TB is common."
TB was the biggest killer in the UK in the 19th century. Centre for Infections director Professor Peter Borriello said it was a "bogeyman that was returning".
He said: "An increase of this magnitude over the course of one year is a concern, and as a result we will be monitoring the situation closely over the next few years."
So poor immigrants aren't bringing it over, they're contracting it in Britain. Sure sounds like a public health situation to me. Substandard housing leads to more environmental exposure, which means more cases of Tb. I hope the dear old UK has a good enough health care system to give these people antibiotics, we really don't need MDR-TB hanging out in the Anglo-sphere.