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TB cases down, but not out in US

from Infectious Disease News

The United States recorded a record-low number of tuberculosis cases in 2016, but progress toward eliminating the disease in the U.S. by the end of the century has lagged, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experts said. According to provisional data released by the CDC ahead of World TB Day, there were 9,287 new TB cases in the U.S. last year, the lowest number since reporting began in 1953 and a 2.7 percent decline from 2015. There was a 3.4 percent drop in the incidence rate to 2.9 cases per 100,000 people, but these declines were categorized as sluggish in a new MMWR. more

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