Tuberculosis In Minorities
Disparities in tuberculosis (TB) persist among members of racial and
ethnic minority populations. In 2006, the majority (83%) of all
reported TB cases in the United States occurred in racial and ethnic
Several factors likely contribute to the burden of TB in
- Among people from countries where TB is common, TB disease
may result from infection acquired in their country of origin.
- Among racial and ethnic minorities, unequal distribution of
TB risk factors, particularly HIV infection, can also increase
the chance of developing the disease.
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Although TB rates have declined substantially
over the past decade, we must better target our efforts to prevent
and control TB in racial and ethnic minority populations.
Last Modified: 09/09/2008
Last Reviewed: 05/18/2008
Content Source: Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention