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CDC Releases Preliminary 2018 TB Data – March 21, 2019

Preliminary 2018 data, released today in advance of World TB Day, show that while TB case counts are the lowest on record, there is slowed progress toward TB elimination.

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CDC Releases Updated Recommendations for Treatment of Latent TB Infection – June 28, 2018

CDC released updated recommendations for use of once-weekly isoniazid-rifapentine for 12 weeks (3HP) for treatment of latent TB infection. The updated recommendations support expanded use of an effective, shorter, treatment regimen to reach even more people with latent TB infection.

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Tuberculosis continues to decline in the U.S., but progress toward elimination is slowing – March 22, 2018

Preliminary 2017 data, released today in advance of World TB Day, show that while TB case counts reached a record low in 2017, the rate of decline is too slow to eliminate TB during this century.

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Latest analysis of TB trends in US indicates progress is slow – March 23, 2017

New preliminary data of tuberculosis cases in the United States indicates progress is too slow to eliminate TB in this century.

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CDC Statement on USPSTF Latent TB Screening Recommendation – September 6, 2016

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a recommendation encouraging providers to test for latent tuberculosis infection in populations at increased risk.


Latest National Tuberculosis Trends – March 24, 2016

In advance of World TB Day (March 24), CDC has published new data about tuberculosis incidence in America.


Progress Slows as CDC and Public Health Partners Steer the U.S. Towards TB Elimination – March 19, 2015

In advance of World TB Day, CDC released preliminary national surveillance data for 2014 that reaffirms TB control is working, but also suggests progress is slowing, which is a reminder that TB should not be underestimated.

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Huffington Post Op-Ed Blog by Dr. Jonathan Mermin, NCHHSTP Director “Decades-old Tools No Match for Today’s Drug-Resistant TBExternal – August 11, 2014

Fast Facts
  • 2018 preliminary data show that 9,029 TB cases were reported in the U.S. Cases declined slightly between 2017 and 2018 by -0.7% this progress is too slow to eliminate TB in this century.
  • TB continues to occur in every state and region in the U.S. with a 2018 incidence rate of 2.8 new cases per 100,000 people.
  • The nation’s TB elimination goal is less than one case per million people. Currently, there are 28 cases per million people in the U.S.
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