TB Rates Have Increased Every Year since 2020

April 1, 2024
The CDC updated its weekly tuberculosis report on March 28

For years, the United States has had one of the lowest tuberculosis (TB) rates in the world. In the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, reported TB case counts dropped substantially, followed by increasing case counts every year since 2020.

During 2023, tuberculosis case counts increased among all age groups, among U.S-born and non-U.S.–born persons, and in most reporting jurisdictions. Overall, cases increased from 8,320 in 2022 to 9,615 in 2023, an increase of 1,295 cases. The rate also increased from 2.5 per 100,000 persons in 2022 to 2.9 in 2023.

Continued progress toward TB elimination will require strong public health systems that are capable of maintaining essential disease prevention and control activities and prepared to withstand the next pandemic or other large-scale crisis.

CDC has the report.