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Tuberculosis Facts

Reported TB Cases, United States, 1982-2003

  • The return of TB in the mid-1980s was marked by several years of increasing cases of TB followed by a steeper rise for several years.
  • The total number of TB cases peaked in 1992. From 1992 until 2002, the total number of TB cases decreased 5% to 7% each year.
  • 2003 marked the eleventh year of decline in the total number of TB cases reported in the United States.
  • In 2003, a total of 14,874 TB cases were reported from the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This represents a 44% decline from 1992.


TB Occurrence, United States, 1999-2003.

  • The number of TB cases decreased from 17,531 in 1999 to 14,874 in 2003
  • 2003 the TB cases rate (per 100,000) also decreased, from 6.4 in 1999 to 5.1 in 2003.


TB Case Rates (per 100,000) United States, 2003

  • Twenty-four states had a rate of less than or equal to 3.5 TB cases per 100,000,
  • In 2003 California, Texas, and New York reported more cases than in 2002.


Reported TB Cases by Age Group, United States, 2003.

  • Of the reported TB cases:
    6% were children under 15 years of age
    11% were 15- to 24-years of age
    34% were 25 to 44 years of age
    29% were 45- to 64-years of age
    20% were at 65 (+) years of age


Reported TB Cases by Race/Ethnicity, United States, 2003.

  • 82% of all reported TB cases occurred in racial and ethnic minorities:
    28% in non-Hispanic black or African Americans
    28% in Hispanics
    23% in Asians
    1% in Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders
    1% in American Indian or Alaska Natives)
    19% of cases occurred in non-Hispanic whites
  • Persons reporting two or more races totaled less than 1% of all cases.

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2024 American Association for Respiratory Care