THE number of cases of tuberculosis are lower in Barnsley than the national average.

There were three cases in the town last year - which is a rate of 1.28 cases per 100,000 population.

Figures published in Public Health England's annual 'TB in the UK' report show the number of cases across Yorkshire have dropped from 661 in 2011 to 605 in 2012.

The disease affects the lungs and can be fatal.

Dr Ebere Okereke, of the Yorkshire and the Humber Public Health England Centre, said efforts to

control the spread of this infection in Yorkshire must remain a public health priority despite the slight decrease.