California: State's TB Rate Lowest on Record
March 24, 2009
California posted its lowest number of TB cases on record in 2008, but health officials say the state continues to have one of the highest rates in the country.
According to CDC, California's TB rate remains substantially higher than the national rate, which was 4.2 cases per 100,000 people in 2008. In a report released Friday, CDC called for "intensified efforts to address the slowing decline" in TB cases. The declining rate of the disease and its relative rarity in the United States have made it difficult for some doctors to diagnose the infection in patients.
Los Angeles Times
03.22.2009; Rong-Gong Li II
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