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TB is Still Here – CDC Data Show U.S. Cases Increased Again in 2022 – March 23, 2023

Preliminary TB data show that the number of U.S. TB disease cases increased by 5% in 2022, with considerable increases in some groups. CDC is calling on healthcare providers and communities disproportionately affected by TB to Think. Test. Treat TB.

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COVID-19 likely had a substantial effect on U.S. TB disease trends – March 24, 2022

Preliminary CDC data, released on World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, show that TB disease diagnoses fell 20% in 2020 and remained 13% lower in 2021 than pre-pandemic levels. These declines may be related to factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including a true reduction in incidence as well as delayed or missed TB diagnoses.

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

Although TB cases have fallen steadily since 1993, progress toward elimination has recently slowed and the COVID-19 pandemic has further strained TB prevention and control services.

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51st Union World Conference – October 20-24, 2020

CDC and partners will present results from Study 31/A5349 – a landmark TB trial identifying a shorter-course treatment regimen – at the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health. The conference will be held virtually from October 20-24, 2020 and feature new science and research on lung health topics.

Media Statement | Fact Sheet

CDC Releases Latest Data on Tuberculosis – March 19, 2020

Ahead of World TB Day, new CDC data shows that TB case counts are the lowest number on record, and also highlights the need to strengthen U.S. TB control efforts.

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Updated Recommendations for TB Screening, Testing and Treatment of U.S. Health Care Personnel – May 16, 2019

Historically, U.S. health care personnel were at increased risk for latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease from occupational exposures, but recent data suggest that this is no longer the case. CDC and the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association have updated the 2005 CDC recommendations for health care personnel.

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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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