Tuberculosis Cases


Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)

Key information

The number of cases of tuberculosis (TB), the crude notification rate per 100,000 of population, cases in indigenous population and in foreign-born persons, culture positive cases, smear positive pulmonary cases, multidrug-resistant cases, mono-resistant to isoniazid, deaths attributable to TB, outcomes reported in cases, TB meningitis cases. TB cases by year, Health Services Executive (HSE) area, sex, age, county, local health office (LHO), disease site and geographic origin/country of birth. Sputum smear and culture status for pulmonary TB cases, disease sites for extrapulmonary TB cases. TB meningitis cases classified by HSE area, age, history of BCG and culture status. Sensitivity results of drug resistant TB cases, treatment outcome by HSE area, method of case finding.


TB notification forms completed by public health doctors. These forms summarise all available clinical, microbiological, histological and epidemiological data. The completed dataset for Ireland is supplied to the TB Surveillance Unit at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and also the TB unit at the World Health Organization (WHO).


All notified cases of TB.



Reference period

Calendar year

Start date



21 months (full report), 9 months (provisional data), after the end of the reference period


  • HSE area
    Eastern; Midland; Mid-Western; North-Eastern; North-Western; South-Eastern; Southern; Western.
  • Age
    0-14 years; 15-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-54; 55-64; 65+ years.
  • County
    The 26 geographic counties, except that Tipperary NR and Tipperary SR are distinguished.
  • Local health office
    Dublin South; Dublin South East; Dublin South City; Dublin South West; Dublin West; Dublin North West; Dublin North Central; Dublin North; Kildare/West Wicklow; Wicklow; Longford/Westmeath; Laois/Offaly; Clare; Limerick; Tipperary Nth East Limerick; Cavan/Monaghan; Louth/South Monaghan; Meath; Donegal; Sligo/Leitrim; Carlow/Kilkenny; Tipperary South; Waterford; Wexford; Kerry; North Cork; North Lee; South Lee; West Cork; Galway; Mayo; Roscommon.
  • Country of origin
    Africa; America; Asia; Europe; Oceania; Unknown; Individual countries listed.
  • Disease site
    Pulmonary; Extrapulmonary (Pleural; Lymph, extra-thoracic; Other; Genitourinary; Lymph, intra-thoracic; Spinal; Bone; Disseminated; Meningeal; Peritoneal; CNS; Site not specified).
  • Treatment outcome
    Completed; Lost to follow up; Died, attributed to TB; Died, not attributed to TB; Still on treatment; Interrupted, >2mths; Defaulted; Transferred; Unknown.


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