World TB Day

Find TB. Treat TB. Working together to eliminate TB. -

World TB Day, held on March 24 each year, is an occasion for people around the world to raise awareness about the devastating health and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB) and to elicit support for TB control activities.

Many people think that TB is a disease of the past – an illness that no longer threatens us today. One reason for this belief is that the occurrence of TB is declining in the United States. However, TB continues to be one of the deadliest diseases in the world. Although TB can be cured with proper medical care, it still kills almost 2 million people every year, including more than 500 in the United States.

In 2014, 25 Minnesota counties reported a total of 147 new TB cases. No cases of active TB disease were reported among residents of the remaining 62 (71%) counties. The number of new TB cases in Minnesota has decreased 38% since 2007, when 238 cases were reported. There likely are many reasons for the recent decline in TB, including the strong efforts of local and state health departments, health care providers and facilities, laboratories, community groups and others to address this disease. Largely because of these collaborations, Minnesota meets or exceeds most of the national TB control benchmark indicators. We must remain dedicated to the collaborative work that is reducing TB rates if we are to avoid the resurgence of TB that occurred in the United States over two decades ago.

The number of active TB cases is only the tip of the iceberg. For every person with active TB, dozens more have latent TB infection (LTBI). One-tenth of them will develop active TB unless they receive preventive treatment. In addition to treating people with active TB, we must promote screening and treatment of persons at risk for LTBI. Treating LTBI protects people against TB before they become sick.

  • World TB Day 2015
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) World TB Day site.
    Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Stop TB Partnership
    This site is hosted by the World Health Organization.
    Attention: Non-MDH link


Updated Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 02:43PM