Report Identifies States with Highest Rate of Tuberculosis

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The number of new tuberculosis (TB) cases reported in the United States declined by 7 percent from 1999 to 2000, continuing an 8-year downward trend since the TB epidemic peaked in 1992, according to final data released in June by the CDC.

A total of 16,377 TB cases were reported from the 50 States and the District of Columbia in 2000, an all-time low, down from 17,531 cases in 1999. Since the 1992 peak, the rate of TB cases has dropped 45 percent, from 10.5 cases per 100,000 people in 1992 to 5.8 cases per 100,000 in 2000. CDC released the new data in preparation for the National TB Controllers Workshop 2001, a meeting last June where State and city public health officials discussed how to prevent future cases.

"While the 2000 national TB figures highlight the effectiveness of U.S. TB control efforts, the disease still remains a significant health threat in many parts of this country," said Jeffrey P. …