TIRUCHY: Some years ago, it seemed rare for women to contract TB in the district, but the trend has apparently reversed now, as the number of women infected with TB is gradually on the rise in the last two years.
Data available with the District Tuberculosis Centre here shows that one woman in every three male patients (1:3) is affected with TB. Health officials attribute the increase in TB-affected women to intake of non-nutritious food.
The data indicates that 1,117 men were detected with TB in 2013, while 367 women were affected with the disease. Health officials identified 867 men as TB-affected in 2014, while there are 271 affected women, which some years ago was between 50 and 100.
“The number of women affected by TB is remaining the same with a ratio of 1:3. Women are more prone to contract this disease mainly because they do not consume a balanced food,” said Dr Savithri, deputy director of District Tuberculosis Centre.