New Mexico Sees Small Rise of Tuberculosis Cases
March 25, 2002
The number of tuberculosis cases in New Mexico, after decades of decline, increased by four last year, according to state health officials. The increase from 48 cases in 2000 to 52 in 2001 is statistically insignificant, but it does raise questions about the reversal of hard-won gains against the disease.Adapted from:
The greatest concern for an increase in cases comes from the area along New Mexico's border with Mexico. "Old Mexico has a very high rate of TB. And the reality of TB in Old Mexico is also our reality," said Dr. Gary Simpson, medical director for infectious disease with the New Mexico Department of Health.
The Department of Health is working with colleagues in Dona Ana County; El Paso, Texas; and Juarez to develop a regional strategy to manage the disease. Simpson said that Juarez has a high rate of drug-resistant TB, with about one-third of cases showing some degree of resistance to antibiotics used to treat the disease. According to Simpson, in New Mexico about 10 percent to 15 percent of cases have shown some drug resistance.
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.