Tuberculosis cases in the UK reached 9,040 in 2009, the highest level in 30 years, according to the Health Protection Agency’s annual TB report.

The number of cases of the new drug-resistant TB almost doubled during the last ten years to 389 in 2009 from 206 in 2000.

According to the report, although the proportion of multi-drug resistant cases of TB remains low at 1.2%, the number of cases doubled in the last ten years to 58 in 2009 from 28 in 2000.

HPA Health Protection Services executive director Dr Paul Cosford said that the agency is taking the increases in TB infection seriously and is working closely with public health and NHS colleagues to tackle and eventually eliminate the disease.