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National TB Surveillance System

Description: 

The National TB Surveillance System collects information on each newly reported case of tuberculosis (TB) disease in the U.S. The program is a cooperative effort of CDC and state and local health departments, who report cases of TB to CDC.

Data Years Available: 
1953-present
Periodicity: 
Annual
Mode of Collection: 
State tuberculosis (TB) programs report cases to CDC.
Selected Content: 
The initial case report includes demographic data, occupation, initial drug regimen, HIV status, substance abuse, homelessness, and residence in correctional or long term-care facilities. Follow up reports collect drug susceptibility results and reason therapy was stopped, in addition to other items.
Population Covered: 
The U.S. population.
Methodology: 
All reporting areas (the 50 states, the District of Columbia, New York City, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. jurisdictions in the Pacific and Caribbean) report TB cases to CDC using a standard case report form. Reported cases are verified according to the TB case definition for public health surveillance. Cases may be verified using the laboratory, the clinical case definition, or a provider diagnosis. Follow up reports collect information obtained after the initial case report has been submitted. Data are transmitted to CDC electronically, using CDC-supplied software.
Response Rates and Sample Size: 
In 2008, 12,904 TB cases were reported to CDC.
Interpretation Issues: 
N/A
References: 

CDC. Reported Tuberculosis in the United States, 2008. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, September 2009.

CDC - Tuberculosis (TB). Accessed August 13, 2010.