Reported Tuberculosis in the United States, 2020

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In 2020, the United States reported 7,174 TB cases and an incidence rate of 2.2 cases per 100,000 persons, which represents a 19.4% and 19.7% decrease, respectively, compared with 2019 (TB Incidence and Mortality (Vital Statistics): 1953–2020).

The decline in reported TB cases is larger than observed in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic has probably affected reported TB incidence in the United States in several ways, including a combination of TB underdiagnosis and a true reduction in incidence.

The National Vital Statistics System collects information on the reported TB disease-related deaths. Data are released after a 1-year lag.

There were 526 TB-related deaths (0.2 deaths per 100,000 persons) reported in 2019, the most recent year for which data are available (TB Incidence and Mortality (Vital Statistics): 1953–2020).

  • This represents a 3.0% decrease in deaths and a 3.4% decrease in mortality rate from 2018.
  • Since 1992, TB disease-related deaths have declined by 69.1%, and TB disease-related death rates have declined by 75.9%.

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