TB in Blacks
||TB in Blacks
Black, non-Hispanic persons continue to have a disproportionate
share of tuberculosis (TB) in the United States.
- In 2006, TB was reported in 3,737 black, non-Hispanic
persons – 27% of all persons reported with TB nationally.
- In 2006, the rate of TB in black, non-Hispanic persons was
10.2 cases per 100,000 population, which is more than 8 times
higher than the rate of TB in white, non-Hispanic persons (1.2
cases per 100,000 population).
The proportion of TB in black, non-Hispanic persons is even
greater if only U.S.-born persons reported with TB are examined.
- U.S.-born persons represented 43%
of all TB cases reported in the United States in 2006.
- And among these U.S.-born persons reported with TB, 44% were
black, non-Hispanic persons.
Although rates of TB in both blacks and whites have declined
substantially over the past decade, the disparity remains. We must
better target our efforts to prevent and control TB in this minority
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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