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For centuries Britain’s image has reflected its glitz and glamour, but now as much the country’s as its healthcare. A landmark study has found there is no other country in Europe with a higher rate of people dying of blood poisoning than Britain.
The startling revelation comes from the British Journal of Surgery , which analysed more than 5,000 deaths in the UK from 2000 to 2015. The UK had the highest rate of death of all 19 European countries studied.
Still, it’s important to note the study only reports deaths with external diagnoses, such as AIDS, sepsis or tuberculosis. It does not include the deaths of suspected or confirmed infections or cardiovascular disease.
A typical 5.9% of the population dies of a blood-borne disease, suggesting that the UK is 2.3 times more likely to suffer a fatal infection than the European average.
1 / 5 – Lyme Disease: United Kingdom England is among three western European countries — Belgium and the Netherlands being the others — with the highest prevalence of Lyme disease, according to WHO figures published in 2008. This cartoon shows an illustration of an Essex town bathed in sunlight, the symbol for Lyme disease in the US. An international team of researchers says the number of individuals in Britain with the debilitating condition may be twice as high as previous estimates. Credit: JOINX Photography/Getty Images
Blood-borne infections are increasingly prevalent because of a rise in multidrug-resistant strains, according to the report.
Jo Dipple, from Imperial College London, one of the scientists who carried out the study, said she was surprised by the surprising results, especially since the UK is traditionally renowned for its relatively high quality healthcare.