World TB Day
March 22, 2018 – Latest analysis of tuberculosis trends shows continued decline in the U.S., but progress toward elimination is slowing.
New preliminary data released today by CDC show tuberculosis (TB) cases declining in the U.S, but at a rate too slowly to eliminate TB during this century. In 2017, 9,093 new cases of TB were reported in the U.S, a 1.8 percent drop from the prior year. However, the current TB rate (2.8 cases per 100,000 persons) remains at levels 28 times higher than the TB elimination target rate.
- Press Release: Tuberculosis continues to decline in the U.S., but progress toward elimination is slowing
- MMWR: Tuberculosis — United States, 2017
- Fact Sheet: TB in the United States: A Snapshot
- Audio Clips: Dr. Jonathan Mermin Discusses World TB Day
From this page, you may download graphics highlighting major findings from CDC’s preliminary analysis of 2017 national surveillance data. For your convenience, we have included a table that contains the specific data from the report used to generate these charts.
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Trends in TB Cases, 1992-2017
A total of 9,093 TB cases were reported in the United States in 2017 according to preliminary data from the CDC National TB Surveillance System. This analysis of TB trends in the United States indicates progress is slowing.
TB Rates in the United States, 1982-2017
In 2017, preliminary data indicate a rate of 2.8 per 100,000 population. This is the lowest rate on record, representing a 2.5% decrease in from 2016 to 2017. However, the TB rate remains at levels 28 times higher than the TB elimination target rate.
Reported TB Cases in the United States, 1982-2017
In 2017, preliminary data indicate that 9,093 new TB cases were reported in the United States, representing a decrease in case count of 1.8% from 2016 to 2017. This is the lowest case count and rate on record.
Illustration of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Audio Clips: Dr. Jonathan Mermin Discusses World TB Day
Below are audio clips featuring NCHHSTP Director Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH. To save the audio clip, right click the audio player and select the “Save audio as…” option.
World TB Day Full Audio
On World TB Day
Approach to Progress
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- Page last updated: March 22, 2018
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