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1998 Surveillance Slides

Reported   TB Cases by Race/Ethnicity
United States, 1998

Slide 9: Pie chart showing the Reported TB Cases by Race/Ethnicity, United States, 1998.
Slides 8 and 9: Reported TB Cases by Race/Ethnicity, United States, 1998. In 1998, approximately 75% of all reported TB cases occurred among racial and ethnic minorities. Several important factors likely contribute to the disproportionate burden of TB among minorities. Among foreign-born persons from countries where TB is common, active TB disease may result from infection acquired in the country of origin. Among racial and ethnic minorities, unequal distribution of TB risk factors, such as HIV infection, may also contribute to increased exposure to TB or risk of developing active TB once infected with M. tuberculosis among racial and ethnic minorities. However, much of the increased risk of TB in minorities has been linked to lower socioeconomic status and the effects of crowding, particularly among U.S.-born persons.


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