In 2012, a total of 9,951 new tuberculosis (TB) cases were reported in the United States, an incidence of 3.2 cases per 100,000 population. This represents a decrease of 6.1% from the incidence reported in 2011 and is the 20th consecutive year of declining rates. Of the 3,143 counties in the United States, 1,388 (44.2%) did not report a new TB case during 2010–2012. Want to take bets on the 2015 incidence?

So let’s look at the details: The TB rate in foreign-born persons in the United States was 11.5 times higher than in U.S.-born persons (a U.S.-born person is defined as a person born in the United States or its associated jurisdictions,) or a person born in a foreign country but having at least one U.S.-citizen parent).

What do you think that means?

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