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World TB Day is March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB).

World TB Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about TB-related problems and solutions and to support worldwide TB-control efforts.

This year, CDC's theme is "Find TB. Treat TB. Working together to eliminate TB." to highlight that TB is still a life-threatening problem in the United States, despite the declining number of TB cases. Anyone can get TB, and our current efforts to find and treat latent TB infection and TB disease are not sufficient. Misdiagnosis of TB still exists and healthcare professionals often do not "think TB."

TB Quick Facts

  • In the U.S. in 2012, both the number of TB cases reported and the case rate decreased; representing a 5.4% and 6.1% decline, respectively, compared to 2011.
  • There were 569 U.S. deaths from TB in 2010, the most recent year for which these data are available. Compared to 2000 data, when 776 deaths from TB occurred, this represents a 27% decrease in TB deaths over a decade.
  • The highest rates of TB in the U.S. are in Asians, followed by Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

Take Action

  1. Educate your community about TB.

  2. Get involved in local coalition education and awareness activities.

  3. Work with your local HIV/AIDS program to raise awareness about the threat of TB for people living with HIV/AIDS. Learn more about TB and HIV/AIDS:

  4. Ensure that efforts to eliminate TB continue.

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