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Thousands hospitalised by 'Victorian diseases' gout, rickets and scarlet fever making a comeback.

DISEASES more commonly associated with Victorian times are still blighting the lives of people in Birmingham.

People in the city and the Black Country are more likely than others in England to be admitted to hospital with gout and whooping cough, and numbers may be on the rise.

In Birmingham and the Black Country, people were 1.4 times more likely to be admitted to hospital suffering from gout than the England average.

In 2015/16, there were 7,632 hospital admissions with a primary and secondary diagnosis of gout.

Gout is a type of arthritis in which small crystals form inside and around the joints, causing sudden attacks of severe pain and swelling.

During the period from August 2014 to July 2015, there were 292 admissions with a primary diagnosis of gout, but in April 2015 to March 2016, there were 350 recorded, a 20 per cent increase.

There were 36 admissions for whooping cough in 2015/16 in Birmingham and the Black Country, a rate of 1.5 per 100,000, compared to 0.9 per 100,000 in England.

In terms of admissions with a primary diagnosis of whooping cough, there were 31 between April 2015 and March 2016, up from 27 between August 2014 and July 2015 and 20 between May 2013 and April 2014.

Across England as a whole, gout was the most common 'Victorian' disease affecting people, with 115,563 hospital admissions in 2015/16 with a primary or secondary diagnosis of the condition.

England also saw 7,855 admissions with a primary or secondary diagnoses of malnutrition in 2015/16.

The cause of malnutrition in these cases may be down to dietary issues, an inability to absorb nutrients normally, or another disease affecting the patient's ability to feed normally.

There were also 5,573 hospital admissions with a primary or secondary diagnosis of tuberculosis, as well as 1,276 for scarlet fever, 529 for rickets and 473 for whooping cough.

People were also admitted to hospital with typhoid fever as a primary or secondary diagnosis of typhoid fever 186 times in 2015/16, with mumps 213 times and with measles 87 times.

There were 147 cases with a diagnosis of scurvy, 92 with diphtheria and 27 with cholera, diseases most of us would have thought consigned to the past.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:May 18, 2017
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