Vast majority of U.S. tuberculosis cases come from abroad, but rate still down

March 19, 2015 7:56 PM

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Vast majority of U.S. tuberculosis cases come from abroad, but rate still down

Tuberculosis continued its slow slide toward elimination in the United States last year, but with most cases now likely brought into the country from abroad, ridding this country of the infection depends on progress against it elsewhere, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

There were just 9,412 new cases of active tuberculosis in 2014, a 2.2 percentage point decline from the previous year, the CDC reported in its weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Of those, more than half appeared in Asians and Hispanics, the vast majority of whom were born abroad, accordin...

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