Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a type of bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB is typically spread through the air
when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat expels tiny airborne particles (droplet nuclei). People nearby may breathe
in these particles and become infected. People who have latent TB infection do not feel sick, do not have any symptoms, and
cannot spread TB. But they may develop active TB disease at some time in the future. The bacteria usually attack the lungs
but may attack any part of the body. The U.S. experienced a resurgence of TB disease between 1985 and 1992, when the number
of TB cases increased by 20%. Early detection and treatment of TB are essential to control the spread of the disease and to
Number of Tuberculosis Cases by Race/Ethnicity, Utah, 2002-2013
Prior to 2002, Asians and Pacific Islanders were combined into one race category.
Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology.
Rate of newly reported cases of tuberculosis per 100,000 population.
How We Calculated the Rates
Number of tuberculosis cases by count date.
Number of persons in the population.
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Published on 01/22/2015
Treatment and Care Services Program, Bureau of Epidemiology, Division of Disease Control and Prevention, Utah Department of Health, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2104,
Telephone: 801-538-6191, Fax: 801-538-9913, Website: http://www.health.utah.gov/epi/diseases/TB, Contact: Amelia Self, Program
Manager; Jerry Carlile, Epidemiologist, email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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