National TB Surveillance System
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.
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.
In 2008, 12,904 TB cases were reported to CDC.
CDC. Reported Tuberculosis in the United States, 2008. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, September 2009.