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CDC Reports Lowest Rates Of Tuberculosis EVER In U.S.

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That's good!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Thursday that Tuberculosis cases have reached an all-time low in the United States.

In 2010 11,181 people in the U.S. were reported to have TB, meaning there were only 3.6 cases of TB per 100,000 people, which is down nearly 4% from 2009.

Unfortunately, that is still a number too high for the CDC's standards who vowed to eradicate the disease from the U.S. by the year 2010.

They may be getting closer though.

According to the report, "60% of tuberculosis cases in the United States are foreign-born," meaning the majority of the people who have TB were born in another country.

Officials believe they were infected before coming to U.S. or traveled back to their home country to visit and then contracted the disease.

Still, this is the lowest number of recorded cases since national reporting began in 1953, so let's hope next year's number is even lower!

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