World TB Day 2020
March 19, 2020 – New CDC data highlight the need to strengthen U.S. TB control efforts.
Ahead of World TB Day, new provisional data present the lowest number of TB cases on record and highlights the need to strengthen U.S. TB control efforts. TB cases in the U.S. declined about one percent from 9,021 cases in 2018 to 8,920 cases in 2019. This marks the fourth consecutive year of decreases. However, the current TB rate (2.7 per 100,000 persons) remains 27 times higher than the TB elimination goal of one case per million persons.
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.