Asurvey of brain TB cases reported at different hospitals reveal that most of the victims had not taken anti-TB vaccine, BCG. Helping Hand Foundation (HHF), which conducted the survey, found that many families in Old City are reluctant to vaccinate children against TB and other deadly diseases. HHF has attributed this to illiteracy, superstitious beliefs and lack of awareness about vaccination.
Unlike lung TB, brain TB is not a contagious disease.. Though it is difficult to get the exact number of cases , field data collected by HHF volunteers shows about 300 new cases approach hospitals every month in Old City.
“Between 250 and 300 new cases of TB are reported every month from Old City. About 40% of them relate to brain TB. In slums, particularly, there has been spurt in incidence of pulmonary and extrapulmonary TB. ,” HHF managing trustee Mujtaba Hasan Askari told TOI.
The survey revealed that in all types of extrapulmonary TB, brain TB (tuberculosis meningitis) has the high incidence. “Young girls and boys between 15 and 20 years are falling victim. A large government tertiary hospital in the city has reported 15 confirmed cases of brain TB during March this year,” said Askari.