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US alarmed over rise in tuberculosis among immigrants

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 15 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:140
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    With tuberculosis surging in developing countries and immigration to the United States from those countries at a record high, public health officials are alarmed at the rising incidence of pulmonary tuberculosis among immigrants.

    In 1998, immigrants, who accounted for only 10% of the population, accounted for nearly 42% of the 18 371 cases of tuberculosis reported throughout the United States.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that from 1986 to 1997 the number of tuberculosis cases among people born outside the United States …

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