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CDC Releases U.S., Global Tuberculosis Data, Analysis; Declines Seen But More Effort Needed To End Disease Worldwide

CIDRAP News: TB in U.S. at all-time low, but global decline small
“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new numbers [Thursday] about tuberculosis (TB) in the United States in advance of World TB Day, which takes place on March 24, noting that cases have reached an all-time low. … The findings were published today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). … In a separate study on the global scope of TB, CDC authors said 2017 brought a slight decline to TB incidence and deaths worldwide, but the declines are not significant enough to meet U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and the World Health Organization (WHO) End TB Strategy targets for 2030 and 2035…” (Soucheray, 3/21).

IDSA’s “Science Speaks”: CDC U.S., global TB data highlight worldwide needs for extended screening, preventive treatment, access to newest medicines
“Releasing the most recent domestic and global data on tuberculosis incidence in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasized that while rates of new cases continue to drop, they are not declining swiftly enough to reach important and achievable goals. Those goals include ones agreed to by international health leaders and policymakers to end the most devastating public health impacts of the disease, and to eliminate the disease in the U.S. — a goal defined as one case or less per million people — by the end of this century…” (Barton, 3/21).