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.

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World TB Day Graphics

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The Path to TB Elimination Is Clear

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New preliminary 2018 TB surveillance data present the lowest number of cases on record and also demonstrates the slowed progress toward TB elimination.

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TB Rates in the U.S., 1993 – 2018 (Preliminary)

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While decreases in the U.S. TB rate has continued since 1993, the decrease has slowed in recent years. Preliminary 2018 data show that the current TB rate (2.8 cases per 100,000 persons) remains at levels 28 times higher than the TB elimination target rate.

TB Cases in the U.S., 1993 – 2018 (Preliminary)

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TB case counts in the U.S. ranged from a high point of 25,102 in 1993 to a low of 9,092 in 2018 – the lowest ever reported in Unites States. However, progress has slowed in recent years.

Page last reviewed: March 21, 2019