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World TB Day — March 24, 2012

March 24 is World TB Day, which commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB), a leading cause of death from infectious disease worldwide. World TB Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about TB-related problems and solutions and to support worldwide TB control efforts. The U.S. slogan for the 2012 observance is Stop TB in My Lifetime.

Despite the continued decline in U.S. TB cases and rates since 1993, the 2011 rate of 3.4 per 100,000 population has not achieved the 2010 goal of TB elimination (less than one case per 1,000,000) established in 1989 (1). Although TB cases and rates decreased among foreign-born and U.S.-born persons in 2011, foreign-born persons and U.S.-born racial/ethnic minorities continue to be affected disproportionately (2).

CDC is committed to a world free of TB. Progress toward TB elimination in the United States will require ongoing surveillance and improved TB control and prevention activities. Sustained focus on domestic TB control activities and further support of international TB control initiatives are needed to address persistent disparities between whites and nonwhites and between U.S.-born and foreign-born persons. Additional information about World TB Day and CDC's TB elimination activities is available at


  1. CDC. A strategic plan for the elimination of tuberculosis in the United States. MMWR 1989;38(No. SS-3).
  2. CDC. Trends in tuberculosis—United States, 2011. MMWR 2012;61:181–5.

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