States With Highest Concentration of Illegals Experiencing Record TB Outbreak

WASHINGTON POST — The number of tuberculosis cases in the United States rose last year for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia each had more cases in 2015 than 2014, raising questions — but no definitive answers — about a possible resurgence of one of the world’s deadliest diseases.

The overall increase was relatively small: 157 more cases, bringing the 2015 total to 9,563. Two-thirds of the total were among people born abroad, with Asians accounting for the most cases (3,007) and the highest rate (28.2 cases per 100,000 persons). By comparison, there were only .5 cases per 100,000 whites last year.

Cases of TB in 2015

Number of cases is based on provisional data from the National Tuberculosis Surveillance System — as of March 4, 2016.

[Vast majority of U.S. tuberculosis cases come from abroad]

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