CDC – Trends in Tuberculosis, 2012

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on November 11, 2013

How many cases of tuberculosis (TB) were reported in the United States in 2012?: A total of 9,945 TB cases (a rate of 3.2 cases per 100,000 persons) were reported in the United States in 2012. Both the number of TB cases reported and the case rate decreased; this represents a 5.4% and 6.1% decline, respectively, compared to 2011. The number of reported TB cases in 2012 was the lowest recorded since national reporting began in 1953.

Is the rate of TB declining in the United States? Yes. Since the 1992 TB resurgence peak in the United States, the number of TB cases reported annually has decreased.

How do the TB rates compare between U.S.-born persons and foreign-born persons living in the United States? In 2012, a total of 63% of reported TB cases in the United States occurred among foreign-born persons. The case rate among foreign-born persons (15.9 cases per 100,000) in 2012 was approximately 11 times higher than among U.S.-born persons (1.4 cases per 100,000)”

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