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U.S. Tuberculosis Rates at Record Low

By Staff



4/18/2014

US Pharm
. 2014;39(4):7.

Atlanta, GA—According to the CDC, the number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the United States has hit a record low, with fewer than 10,000 cases reported last year. In 2013, a total of 9,588 new TB cases were reported, with an incidence rate of 3.0 cases per 100,000 population, a decrease of 4.2% from 2012. Despite strict screening policies, immigrants are still 13 times more likely to be diagnosed with TB than native-born Americans. Four states (California, Texas, New York, Florida) accounted for approximately half of the reported cases. Multidrug-resistant TB remains unusual in the U.S., with only 86 cases in 2012, but is still a concern because it is difficult and expensive to treat and more often fatal.

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