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October 22, 1997

Tuberculosis Morbidity—United States, 1996

JAMA. 1997;278(16):1309. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550160029016

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DURING 1996, a total of 21,337 cases of tuberculosis (TB) (8.0 cases per 100,000 population) were reported to CDC from the 50 states, the District of Columbia (DC), and New York City; this total represents a 6.7% decrease from 1995 (22,860 cases [8.7 per 100,000 population]).1 This is the fourth consecutive year that the number of reported TB cases has decreased, resulting in the lowest number and rate of reported TB cases since national reporting began in 1953. This report summarizes TB surveillance data for 1996 and compares these data with selected data for previous years. The findings indicate a continuing decrease in the number of TB cases among U.S.-born persons and a leveling or slight decrease in the number of cases among persons born outside the United States and its territories (i.e., foreign-born).

During 1996, a total of 29 states reported