Having some family experience of tuberculosis, your article 'King's Evil reigns again' (news focus, page 14, 29 April) made chilling reading.

Whether or not we are likely to experience the epidemic that beset New York 10 years ago, there is indeed a serious public health issue to be addressed here.

Health authorities might do well to have a word with sporting organisations in view of the fashionable trend among young people to emulate their sporting icons in spitting.

And perhaps we should dust down the old notices which used to appear in public places after the war.

LWM Arrowsmith

Bromley

Kent