CDC: US TB Cases Hit Record Low
POSTED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 4:44am
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 8:47am
Federal officials said the rate of tuberculosis fell to an all-time low in the United States in 2010. However, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also noted that the disease continues to affect racial and ethnic minorities at a disproportionate rate.
There were over 11,000 cases of TB that were reported in the U.S., last year-- that's a 3.9 percent drop from 2009.
Despite the decline, infection rates were seven times higher for Hispanics, eight times higher for blacks and 25 times higher for Asians than for whites.
TB is caused by germs that are spread through the air from person to person. It usually affects the lungs, but can also target the organs and other body parts. Symptoms include feelings of sickness or weakness, weight loss, fever and night sweats.