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California Tuberculosis Cases up Slightly but Rate the Same in 2001

March 25, 2002

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The number of TB cases reported in California rose slightly in 2001, but the TB rate -- the number of cases per 100,000 residents -- remained the same, state officials said. There were 3,332 new cases reported last year, up from 3,297 in 2000. That means there were 9.5 cases for every 100,000 residents both years. The number of TB cases has declined since 5,382 were reported in 1992. "TB is an age-old disease and eliminating it is a fight that public health workers are waging around the world," said Diana Bonta, the state's health director.

Despite the stable rate of new TB cases, California still has the highest number of cases in the United States, and there are wide differences in the TB rate among the state's ethnic groups. The rate of cases per 100,000 residents is 33.8 for Asians and Pacific islanders; 12.4 for blacks; 11.4 for Hispanics; 7.7 for Native Americans; and 2.1 for white non-Hispanic residents.


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Associated Press
03.22.02

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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Tuberculosis (TB) Fact Sheet
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