Tuberculosis In Minorities
||Tuberculosis In Minorities
Disparities in tuberculosis (TB) persist among members of racial and
ethnic minority populations. In 2006, the majority (83%) of all
reported TB cases in the United States occurred in racial and ethnic
Several factors likely contribute to the burden of TB in
- Among people from countries where TB is common, TB disease
may result from infection acquired in their country of origin.
- Among racial and ethnic minorities, unequal distribution of
TB risk factors, particularly HIV infection, can also increase
the chance of developing the disease.
Although TB rates have declined substantially
over the past decade, we must better target our efforts to prevent
and control TB in racial and ethnic minority populations.
Released October 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination - http://www.cdc.gov/tb
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