World TB Day 2021

March 25, 2021 – Progress Toward Tuberculosis Elimination Has Slowed in Recent Years

The number of TB disease cases in the United States has fallen steadily since 1993, due to the dedicated work of TB programs to detect, treat, and prevent TB disease. However, progress toward TB elimination has slowed in recent years and the COVID-19 pandemic has further strained public health services, including TB prevention and control services.

New provisional data show there were 7,163 cases reported in 2020, compared to 8,902 cases reported in 2019. While COVID-19 pandemic mitigation efforts and reduced travel might have contributed to the decline, the size of the decrease among different groups also raises concerns about missed or delayed diagnoses for TB disease. CDC is conducting further analyses to understand the impact of COVID-19 on TB case reporting. Timely TB diagnoses save lives and prevent the spread of TB disease.

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.

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The Path to TB Elimination is Clear

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The graphic includes a bar graph showing that TB cases in the U.S. ranged from 25,104 in 1993 to a low of 7,163 in 2020.

The graphic also includes a line graph showing that the U.S. TB rate ranged from 9.7 in 1993 to 2.2 in 2020.

And, the graphic also shows a close-up of TB data from 2015 to 2020, which shows a plateau in the decline of both cases and rates during this period.
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TB Rates in the U.S., 1993 – 2020 (Provisional)

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The graphic includes a line graph showing that the U.S. TB rate ranged from 9.7 in 1993 to 2.2 in 2020.


TB Cases in the U.S., 1993 – 2020 (Provisional)

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The graphic includes a bar graph showing that TB cases in the U.S. ranged from 25,104 in 1993 to a low of 7,163 in 2020.

Page last reviewed: March 25, 2021