U.S. Tuberculosis Cases at All-Time Low

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Tuberculosis rates in the United States reached an all-time low in 2006, though progress to eliminate TB continued to slow. Drug-resistant TB, including extensively drug-resistant TB, presents significant challenges to treatment and control of the disease in the United States and abroad, according to articles in today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

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"Tuberculosis continues to have a significant and unacceptable impact on minorities and immigrant communities in the United States," said Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of CDC's National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention. "Blacks and Hispanics have tuberculosis rates that are about eight times higher than that of whites, and the rate for Asians is more than 21 times that of whites. Foreign-born individuals living in the United States have nearly 10 times the rate of TB as those born in the United States."

A total of 13,767 TB cases were reported in the United States in 2006, down from 14,085 cases in 2005. The 2006 national TB case rate

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