Tuberculosis cases down 6.1 percent in United States

TB can be fatal

Tuberculosis is a dangerous disease that is widespread around the globe.

And at least in the United States, there is reason to cheer.

Tuberculosis, or TB, is a bacterial infection that most often affects the lungs.

It is spread by coughing and sneezing and can be fatal.

It was once much more common in the United States, but not the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said we are winning the war against TB.

The CDC reports just 9,951 new cases in the U.S. in 2012.

That's down 6.1 percent in just one year, the 20th year in a row that the TB rate went down, and that makes for an all-time low of 3.2 cases per 100 people.

There is more work to do.

The foreign-born have higher rates than U.S. born citizens.

And racial and ethic minorities have higher raters than whites.

But the new figures show that the concerted public health effort to stamp out Tuberculosis is making very healthy strides.

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