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World TB Day: New U.S. Data for 2012

In advance of World TB Day, CDC has released preliminary national TB surveillance data for 2012. The new data show that after 20 consecutive years of declines, TB is at an all-time low in the United States.

  • Despite this progress, we must continue to address TB among disproportionately-affected communities, especially among racial/ethnic minorities and foreign-born individuals.
  • Drug-resistant TB currently accounts for a small proportion of overall TB cases; however, it still remains a serious threat to our ability to treat and control TB, both in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Although TB prevention and control efforts have averted an estimated more than 200,000 TB cases in the U.S. over the past 20 years, we must remain vigilant against this serious disease.

One way people can protect themselves from TB is by understanding what TB is and how it is spread. If you think you have been exposed to someone with TB disease, you should contact your doctor or local health department about getting a TB skin test or a special TB blood test.

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  • World TB Day March 24

    World TB Day poster

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  • TB Rates by Ethnicity

    Under a high magnification of 15549x, this colorized scanning electron micrograph depicts some of the ultrastructural details seen in the cell wall configuration of a number of Gram-positive Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria.

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  • Proportion of TB Cases by National Origin, 2102

    This pie chart shows the proportion of reported TB cases in the United States broken down by national origin in 2012. The proportion of TB cases among foreign-born persons was 63% and 37% among U.S.-born persons.

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  • Reported TB cases in the United States, 1982-2012

    This line graph shows the number of reported TB cases in the United States between 1982 and 2012.

    There was a resurgence of TB in the mid-1980s with several years of increasing case counts until its peak in 1992. In 1993, case counts began decreasing again. Since the peak, 2012 marks the 20th year of decline in the total number of TB cases reported in the U.S.

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  • TB Rates by Ethnicity

    This bar graph shows the rate of reported TB in the United States broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012. Rates for Asians (19.8/100,000), blacks (5.7), and Hispanics (5.2) were 25, seven, and seven times higher than among whites (0.8), respectively.

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Tom Frieden, MD, MPH


Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH

While it’s encouraging to see 20 consecutive years of decline in TB cases in the United States, we are reminded on this day that the disease has not gone away and is still a major threat to health in many parts of the world. Globally, TB continues to kill more than 3000 people every day despite it being almost 100% curable.

Drug-resistance continues to be a major threat to our ability to stamp out TB. Some strains of TB leave very few treatment options for those infected and that’s why prevention is so important. It is critical that we remain vigilant in our fight.

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH - Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kenneth G. Castro, MD


Kenneth G. Castro, MD

TB prevention and control work. In fact, estimates suggest that our efforts to fight TB in the U.S. have helped to prevent more than 200,000 cases of the disease since 1993.

Kenneth G. Castro, MD - Assistant Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service Director, Tuberculosis Elimination Program

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