World TB Day 2019
March 21, 2019 – Latest analysis of tuberculosis trends demonstrates progress has slowed in recent years.
New preliminary 2018 TB surveillance data present the lowest number of cases on record and also demonstrates the slowed progress toward TB elimination. In 2018, 9,029 new cases of TB were reported in the U.S, a -0.7 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.
TB is still a life-threatening problem in this country. TB knows no borders, and people here in the United States are suffering from TB. Anyone can get TB. View TB Personal Stories for insights into the experiences of several people who were diagnosed and treated for TB disease, as well as the work of TB control professionals.
*Updated data will be available in CDC’s annual TB surveillance report later this year.