What’s the Story?
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria that affects the lungs and is spread through the air from one person to another. Preventing new TB cases for all ages is important to keep the disease from spreading.
By the Numbers
New Jersey adults 25 to 44 years old have the highest rate of new TB cases compared to other age groups statewide. Those at greatest risk for TB include individuals who have travelled to areas of the world with high TB rates and those with medical conditions that weaken the immune system. The number of TB/HIV co-infection cases has declined over the last six years. In 2013, there were 24 documented co-infection cases in New Jersey, this marks a 51 percent increase in TB/HIV co-morbidity since 2006.
The Department of Health Tuberculosis Control Program (TCP) supports TB ambulatory care activities (clinical evaluation, treatment, prevention and epidemiology) at the county, municipal and institutional level through the provision of health service grant funds, staff, medication, consultation and education.
TCP also conducts research for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and supports the New Jersey Medical School's Global TB Institute at Rutgers University (Newark).
Did you know?
While the number of new TB cases in New Jersey declined between 2006 and 2013, the Department continues to work towards further the reduction for all ages.
According to the CDC, a total of 9,558 TB cases (a rate of 3.2 cases per 100,000 persons) were reported in the United States in 2013.
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* Rate per 100,000 population
† Only one year of data currently available