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Blacks in the United States continue to have a disproportionate share of TB. The percentage of TB cases that occur in blacks or African Americans is higher than expected based on the percentage of blacks in the US population.

If looking at only people born in the US, the proportion of TB in African Americans is even greater.

Rates of TB in both blacks and whites have gone down over the past decade, but the disparity remains.

We must better target our efforts to prevent and control TB in this group.

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Stop TB in the African–American Community Summit

The Stop TB in the African–American Community Summit, May 2006 was convened to raise awareness about the problem of TB in the African-American community and create links and build networks that will lead to ongoing activities and strategies to decrease TB in the African–American community.


U.S. Case Rates, 2010

Slide 8: TB Case Rates by Race/Ethnicity, United States, 2003-2010. Click here for larger image

TB Case Rates by Race/Ethnicity, United States, 2003–2010.

Slide 9: TB Case Rates by Age Group and Race/Ethnicity, United States, 2010. Click here for larger image

Risk for TB increased with age among non-Hispanic blacks or African Americans.

Slide 10: Reported TB Cases by Race/Ethnicity, United States, 2010. Click here for larger image
In 2010, 24% of all TB cases occurred in non-Hispanic blacks or African Americans.

Slide 13: Reported TB Cases by Origin and Race/Ethnicity, United States, 2010. Click here for larger image

Reported TB Cases by Origin and Race/Ethnicity, United States, 2010.


 
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