Friday, 26 February 2016

Those London TB league tables in full

Well, the figures are in, and prevalent rates of TB infection are as follows:-

TB – Infection rate per 100,000

Egypt 15
Lebanon 16
Syria 17
Turkey 18
Albania 19
Mexico 21
Iran 22
Argentina 24
Bulgaria 27
Columbia 33
Tunisia 33
Belize 37
Tower Hamlets 38
Barking 39
Libya 40
Greenwich 40
Iraq 43
Waltham Forest 44
Redbridge 52
Harrow 62
Ealing 63
Hounslow 64
Brent 90
Newham 108
(Sources: WHO 2015 stats & GLA)

Yes, Newham wins - with TB infection rates 7 times those in Egypt! Greenwich and Libya are neck and neck!

One feels a certain sympathy for all the poor young things mortgaging their lives for a broom cupboard in an old east end match factory, only to fall to multi-drug-resistant TB on the Aldgate tube. The GLA helpfully published a map of where *not* to buy:-


Ed P said...

Cultural Enrichment a La Traviata?

DeeDee99 said...

Our Establishment has imported poverty and disease in the form of sub-continent welfare claimants.

In a decade or so Victorian-era diseases will be rife all over London and that whole map will be various shades of pink - a bit ironic really when you consider that was the colour of the British Empire whence this "cultural enrichment" originated.

right_writes said...

Can't imagine why a beautiful place like Newham should be so blighted Raedwald...

Perhaps it is the often damp weather, or too many horses...?

Oh no... That's Newmarket.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

I agree, there's no possible explanation for this.

Clearly they are all isolated incidents, and nothing whatever to worry about.

Sterculian Rhetoric said...

Dying of consumption is so romantic!
Every decent Bodice-ripper from Harlequin Romances has at least one heroine/hero succumbing to the heartbreak of tubercular shadows!
Michael Caine had TB in Alfie even! It don't get any more romantic than that, Innit?

In perusing your list I couldn't help but notice that listed after Bulgaria but before Tunisia is some country named Columbia.
Where on the planet is the sovereign state of Columbia?.
Now I know where Colombia is, with its capital Bogota - City of Perpetual Spring, but Columbia? I'm flummoxed.

And MDR-TB is still easily treatable. Don't worry your paranoid little British arses about it. It's when you start recording cases of XDR-TB you have to worry. Take it from yours truly, a kitten-cute gamine and vamping courtesan, now riddled with an alphabets worth of Hep infections from years of selflessly(1) dispensing primary care medicine in the world's best shitholes.

(1) Not true. The Tutor and I have been handsomely remunerated over the years for our altruistic-on-the-surface behaviour. It's a lucrative vocation, if a tad dangerous.

Sterculian Rhetoric said...

(Sources: WHO 2015 stats & GLA) ????

The WHO(1) Data set:

As you can see, The WHO spell Colombia the correct way. Therefore, the error in your League table has its source amidst the generalized ignorance of some no-doubt Caucasoid denizen of the vile Anglosphere.

(1) NOT live at Leeds

plantman said...

"Sterculia" - a dietary fibre used in food

Or, in other words, it produces a lot of shit - sounds about right.

Budgie said...

No doubt like Emily Thornberry's cringingly patronising remarks about a white van man, Corbynasties will be tempted to make light of this serious increase in TB in London.

I am always surprised by the typical Corbynasty marxist's lack of imagination, though I should have got used to it by now: unless it has happened to them it hasn't happened at all; when it does happen it is the end of the world. A bit like their hero, who remarked that there couldn't be starvation because mothers were not eating their babies. Yet if he had been starving under a Czar he would have been frothing rightful Grauniad-style indignation.

mikebravo said...

Stinky old pet.

You seem to have veered off the point.

The post in discussion is about the prevalence of TB in London compared to other countries. Most would consider an increase of 50% since 1999 to be worrisome in one of the worlds foremost capital cities.

"...Britain is now the only nation in Western Europe with rising levels of tuberculosis, with more than 9,000 cases diagnosed annually. In London, where 40% of UK cases are reportedly diagnosed, the number of cases has risen by almost 50% since 1999, up from 2,309 in 1999 to 3,450 in 2009."

You seem to have wandered off into reminiscences about your earlier days and started wittering about the incorrect spellings of minor South American countries. I'm sure that your knowledge of capital cities is of great comfort to you and your mammoth ego but for the rest of us you come across as a pompous and charmless windbag.

no wot I meen?

pip pip!

Nigel Sedgwick said...

Raedwald, I agree with you on a great many things and do not (yet at least) dispute your point that increasing TB in London should be viewed with concern.

However, I must call you out on, I think, two points.

Statistical equivalence. You are comparing, small areas (presumably election constituencies, local authority boundaries or similar) with whole countries. There will obviously be more statistical variation with these small areas than there will be with the larger areas. Thus, the numerical extent of difference shown in your table of comparison is not likely to be all arising from and in support of explanation you favour.

Cherrypicking. For your comparison countries, you have chosen those outside the First World that are particularly low, comparatively, on incidence of TB. Take a look at this map from Wikipedia. You have avoided countries with really high incidence of TB (more yellow), such as all of sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian subcontinent and China.

Best regards

Anonymous said...

Sterculian Rhetoric said @ 12:35

Dying of consumption is so romantic!'

No it ain't, and you're not funny either. My grandmother's older sister had consumption in 1907, and she died horribly, age 9.

In 2014, more than 6,500 cases of TB were reported in England. Of these, around 4,700 affected people who were born outside the UK - NHS UK


Sterculian Rhetoric said...

Dearest plantman @ 26 February 2016 at 14:38,
Good for you!
Have yourself a lollie - you've earned it!
But, you're only half right.
Sterculius was/is the Roman God of fertilizer. Fertilizer in those days was cow/bull manure.
Rhetoric is/are, 'words'
Sterculian Rhetoric = bull manure words. Or in the vernacular cacophemism: "Bullshit"
Clever Innit? I done thunk it up myself.

Sterculian Rhetoric said...

Dearest Budgie @ 26 February 2016 at 14:39,
I am afraid I am forced to dismiss you - you are speaking in tongues. And I am in no way bright enough to transliterate and then translate your gibberish into a form useful to me. Perhaps if I had more experience with your culture? I don't know.

Sterculian Rhetoric said...

Dearest mikebravo @ 26 February 2016 at 15:17,

".....your mammoth ego but for the rest of us you come across as a pompous and charmless windbag....."

Don't forget gormless, and would it kill you to modify each of those descriptive adjectives, 'mammoth' 'pompous' and 'charmless' with my preferred additional adjectival modifier: f**king? The resultant alliterative volley when spoken is pleasing to the ear. Poetic even.

When we met a few days ago, I held out such promise for you and our future intercourse, but alas I fear you have proven to be a dullard. Please, please prove me wrong!

Sterculian Rhetoric said...

Dearest Anonymous @ 26 February 2016 at 16:01,
Dear oh dear
Dear oh dear oh dear.
It just goes to show the utter folly of teaching the cognitively impaired how to read and write.
You must have been, and continue to be, a terrible burden on your loved ones.

Have you ever seen a person die of consumption?
I thought not.
Well little man, little humourless dullard, I have! Too many to count! I've had babies die in my arms of simple ailments that would have be fixed in a flash with a quick trip to your local A & E on the High Street in Blighty. Don't you be lecturing me on what's funny and what's not.

Sterculian Rhetoric said...

Dearest everyone

I get the point of this post, the increase in TB cases is primarily caused by the filthy and swarthy immigrants y'all are forced to accept into your otherwise disease-free Sceptred Isle - on account of the Great Satan - EU.


Anonymous said...

To compound the tragedy, there was at one time a huge TB hospital just west of Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. In the 1960s, it closed, as it had run out of patients. None of these cases was caught from a person alive in the UK then - they are all imported.

In my view, all immigrants should be tested for diseases such as this, and treated. The costs should fall on our overseas aid budget. Immigrants refusing to be tested should be sent packing, although I think treatment is better than that.

Spitting appears to have been a source of cross infection, and was if not actually outlawed seen to be a disgusting habit. We should return to that standard.

I was in a hospital yesterday, and studied the TB warning poster. I imagine that Aldershot, now swarming with Nepalese migrants probably is a risk area. One has to be aware that pyrexia is a symptom. As if (a) most immigrants can read the poster in the first place, or (b) know what pyrexia is!

TB seems to me to be a disease we could do without, and a bit of determination is all it needs to eliminate it a second time.

Perhaps we should be allowed to know what the figures are divided up on the basis of ethnicity. Fat chance!

Thud said...

So you did get the point? well you did get there in the end I suppose, but please try to keep up with the rest of us in future.

Sterculian Rhetoric said...

I'll do my best, Thud.
Thank you for your largess and patience.
Possessing the twin misfortunes of being Asian and female is often an insurmountable hindrance. Like Blanche DuBois, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers. It is quite simply horrid being part of The White Man's Burden you know.

Raedwald said...

Nigel - you're quite right on both points. I put my hands up.

In mitigation, this is a blog and I must make sometimes complex points succinctly and in a way that is easily understood. Yes, the UK overall has an infection rate of 12 / 100,000. Today.

TB is a proxy indicator for other diseases, parasites ansd infections that thrive in poor, ignorant, overcrowded slum areas where irregular immigration and tenure are disguised beneath London's overall prosperity. HIV and TB frequently occur together. Typhoid and Diptheria are starting to be seen. Scabies, head and body lice and bedbugs are so endemic in parts of London that University College can even document the bus and tube upholsterty that holds the greatest number of eggs and find a close correlation with the TB areas.

The reason these things are important is because they're infectious and transmissible. And of economic concern - treatment is hugely hungry of money and health resources at a time of unprecedented demand.

And though you're quite right, I thought the importance of the issue deserved a little red-top treatment just to notch it up our common consciousness a little.

Ed P said...

Oh dear, another site infected with the "SR" troll, aka the PNG troll. "She" is actually a teenage boy, amused by his own wit. Grow up laddy!

Sterculian Rhetoric said...
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Sterculian Rhetoric said...

Dearest Ed P @ 26 February 2016 at 19:54

You wish Ed P(1)!
In your wildest wet dreams!
I'm actually a pre-teen peri-pubescent boy named Tadzio.
But you knew that. Innit?
I'll be legal in a few more years Ed. Will you wait?
You're such a rascal.
But seriously Ed, your obsession with the film Death In Venice is sure to lead to your eventual undoing - you know, like that guitarist from The Who(2)?

1) Ed P? "P" for Paedophile?

2) This time, live at Leeds

Anonymous said...

Sterculian Rhetoric said @ 17:03

Dear oh dear oh dear.

It just goes to show the utter folly of teaching the cognitively impaired how to read and write.

Nasty piece of work, with language like that you'd be a good fit with supporters of euthanasia - Fabians, Nazis, etc.


Sterculian Rhetoric said...

Dearest Anonymous @ 26 February 2016 at 20:53
aka, "Steve",


By my phrase 'the cognitively impaired' I meant you, and you alone. I was making light of your apparent complete misreading of my satirical/sarcastic 'consumption' lampoon. I was lamenting what a waste it was teaching a humourless dolt like yourself how to read and write. Your apparent lack of reading comprehension is so severe that even the most obvious and hyperbolic of my 'funnies' escaped your notice.
As for the Nazis, they're far to 'accepting of diversity' for my tastes. I would have had those Übermensch against the wall first! I've no knowledge of the Fabians.

No comment on the rest of my word salad from 26 February 2016 at 17:03?
I thought not.

Nigel Sedgwick said...

Thanks to Raedwald for a speedy and definitive response to my point.

Best regards

Anonymous said...

I'd say woman under thirty. A preposterous self confidence only alumni of North East Ivy leaguer's or alien Oxbridge provenance - would possess maybe but of Caribbean extraction (and maybe lived over here a tad) She has never been near a working ward or a grindstone come to that but probably knows someone close who did.

Narcissistic, endless propensity for self love, self promotion - probably an only child and always with the Socialistas conscience, so twee but knows not of hard graft, sooo daddy's money will sort all those blues out.
Nothing better to do, idle hands and with a big gob, wind up and is her secret thrill.

Sterculian Rhetoric said...

Dearest Anonymous @ 27 February 2016 at 00:02

Lord T'underin' Jaysus B'y, but are you off the mark.

I am Asian and born 1979 in the country formerly known as Burma while me Mam was peddling her ass "on the road to Mandalay" and me Pa was being anal raped by Aung San Suu Kyi and her kin. So as a S.L.O.R.C. enthusiast by default ("cause we hate Suu Kyi and her half-breed crotch fruit), it is unlikely I would have Socialist sympathies. I gots me no book learnin' but I wrangled me 8 letters after my name and 2 before it by fellating the right people in the frozen wastelands of Soviet Canuckistan(That's Canada for you retards) after I emigrated from Myanmar via Paris,France and Bogota, Colombia to Toronto, Canada.
No family money, but I did make a few bob peddling my ass and coca in Bogoata for a few years. I still to this day curse my youth for being too young to have appreciated my meetings with Pablo Escobar.

You were wrong on all counts except the narcissist bit. And you sir, are my able Enabler.
Oh and the self-love bit too, I've oft' been accused of engaging in acts preparatory to Onanism. You know, polishing the pearl, slapping the little man in the canoe? The Queen's is such a wonderfully idiomatic language for describing those sorts of activities - ain't it great?

You completely forgot arrogant too!
I am woefully arrogant - and for very good reason if I might add. You sir, conversely are a modest man, also for good reason.


Sterculian Rhetoric said...

You can ogle photographs of me:


I'll keep the two Dr M. posts visible for a day or so, but not much longer. I's tres shy, doncha know.

I'm the one in red.

Anon 2 said...

Dear Raedwald ... Oh dear!

PS: Your post puts me in mind of all we went through to eliminate the disease through BCG vaccines, etc. Then that all came into disrepute, for some odd reason, and so now we appear to be importing someone else's 'square one' and unable to do a thing about it.

Perhaps hardest to bear of all is this sense that the once super-capable British are now utterly incapable of getting on and sorting anything out. It's too pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Linking images - of someone who could or could not be something of anyone. Divination of the truth, is ever the task.

Whereas, weaving words colour textured thick with pretentious, sardonic imagery. Words wrapped in with egotism and exhibitionism are by their very nature fantasists, and ship gladly with pedlars of deception.

Whatever you do, whosoever you are, what the fuck are you doing on here?

Surely you deserve a more appreciative audience?

Surely are a big heads, a mini monster doubtless and indeed big heads need devotees, you won't get that - hereabouts. All you'll receive in this place are disbelief and ladles full of derision.


Or, in plain verse, start talking sense and be welcomed Madame.

For, if all you say is true (above, ) then quite evidently it sits up on the page that, you have a tale to tell.
Maybe, you are a person of vast experience gained through a life of arduous and quite appalling adversity and I perceive have, underneath the facade - a rather a sharp and good brain betwixt your ears.

Thus, speak but cast aside the drollery and speak not in tongues.

Sterculian Rhetoric said...

Dearest Anonymous @ 27 February 2016 at 08:35.

"......Whatever you do, whosoever you are, what the fuck are you doing on here?......"

Profanity is acceptable?
In that case, your above biblical-esque lexical fodder above?
Yawny yawny cunt cunt.

Ed P said...

Dear SR/PNG, why not start your own blog instead of besmirching others? That way, you might reign in your massive ego and discover if anyone cares for your rambling nonsense. However, you'll first have to wash out your mouth with soap & water, as my mother used to say - the obscenities add nothing whatsoever and would put off all but the idiotic.