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U.S. TB cases drop to record low, CDC says

03-23-2012 11:06 BJT

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Tuberculosis rates fell to an all-time low in the United States in 2011, but missed a national target of eliminating the disease as cases among foreign-born individuals persisted, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday.

A total of 10,521 tuberculosis (TB) cases were reported in the United States in 2011, a 6.4 percent drop from 2010. This translates into to 3.4 cases per 100,000 people, the CDC said in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

In addition, the report shows that infection rates were seven times higher for Hispanics, eight times higher for blacks and 25 times higher for Asians than for whites.

The report, released ahead of World TB Day on March 24, also found that the TB rate was 12 times higher among those born outside the United States.

Tuberculosis is caused by germs spread through the air from person to person. It typically affects the lungs, but can also target other organs and body parts, such as the brain, the kidneys or the spine. Left untreated, the disease can be fatal.


Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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