King County tuberculosis rates reach 30-year low

December 4, 2012

By Staff

The tuberculosis rate in King County has reached a 30-year low due to local efforts to fight the disease, public health officials announced Oct. 25.

The county still faces a higher risk for cases in the United States, due to the county’s status as a global crossroads.

The latest TB report from Public Health – Seattle & King County details the findings, as well as information about the agency’s efforts to fight the disease.

The countywide TB rate fell to a 30-year low at 5.5 cases per 100,000 people, but the rate in King County remains significantly higher than the rates in Washington (3) and the United States (3.4).

The public health agency’s TB Program identified 106 cases of active TB last year.

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