CDC: U.S. at all-time low for TB

March 24, 2011 at 10:53 PM
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ATLANTA, March 24 (UPI) -- Tuberculosis in the United States hit an all-time low in 2010, with 11,181 cases reported, or a rate of 3.6 cases per 100,000 people, health officials say.

The report, published the in Centers for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, says the CDC's National TB Surveillance System shows that although TB reached an all-time low in the United States last year, TB still affects many communities, including racial/ethnic minorities, foreign-born people and those living with HIV.

TB rates for all racial/ethnic minorities were higher than those for whites, with TB rates seven times higher among Hispanics, eight times higher among blacks and 25 times higher among Asians, the report says.

The TB rate for foreign-born people was 11 times higher than that of those born in the United States.

TB poses a particular risk to people living with HIV. Nearly 9 percent of people with TB were also infected with HIV, officials say.

Drug resistance, which makes cases of TB more difficult and costly to treat, continues to pose a threat to TB control in the United States. Approximately 1.3 percent of TB cases were multi-drug resistant in 2009, the report says.

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