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Indicator Report - Tuberculosis Cases

Why Is This Important?

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 prevent outbreaks.

Number of Tuberculosis Cases by Race/Ethnicity, Utah, 2002-2013

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Data Notes

Prior to 2002, Asians and Pacific Islanders were combined into one race category.

Data Sources

Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology.

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Rate of newly reported cases of tuberculosis per 100,000 population.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of tuberculosis cases by count date.
Denominator: Number of persons in the population.

Page Content Updated On 10/16/2014, Published on 01/22/2015
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Content updated: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:07:58 MST