Reported Tuberculosis in the United States, 2010
In 2010 there were 11,182 new cases of tuberculosis reported in the United States.
In 2010, the reported number of TB cases decreased slightly from the previous year. In 2010, there were 11,182 reported TB cases (3.6 cases per 100,000 persons) compared to 11,537 reported TB cases from 2009. TB case totals are now at the lowest number recorded since national reporting began in 1953. Yet, even though reported TB cases reached all-time lows in the United States, there are still disproportionately higher rates of TB among racial/ethnic minorities, especially U.S.-born blacks. TB rates are higher for some racial and ethnic groups, probably because a greater proportion of people in these groups have other risk factors for TB.
- Blacks or African-Americans born in the United States represented 40% of TB cases among U.S.-born persons.
- Hispanics accounted for the largest percentage of total cases of TB of any race/ethnicity (29%).
- The TB case rate for Asians (22.4 per 100,000) was approximately three times higher than that for Hispanics (6.5 per 100,000) or Blacks or African-Americans (7.0 per 100,000).
- In 2010, the percentage of cases occurring in foreign-born persons was 60% of the national case total, compared to 31% in 1993.
- Foreign-born Hispanics and Asians together represented 80% of TB cases in foreign-born persons, and accounted for 48% of the national case total.
- From 2006 through 2010, the top five countries of origin of foreign-born persons with TB were Mexico, Philippines, Vietnam, India, and China.