1. Tuberculosis

  2. What’s the Story?

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria that affects the lungs and is spread through the air from one person to another. Preventing new TB cases for all ages is important to keep the disease from spreading.

  3. By the Numbers

    According to the CDC, country of birth continues to be a risk factor for TB diagnosed in the United States because the risk of TB exposure varies by country.  Over the previous five years in New Jersey, 81.7% (n= 1,248) of newly diagnosed cases of TB have occurred among foreign-born persons.  However, there has been a 38.7% decrease in the number of cases reported among foreign-born persons in New Jersey since 2006. There were 385 cases reported in 2006 and only 236 cases reported in 2017.


  4. Our Strategy

    The Department of Health Tuberculosis Program supports TB ambulatory care activities (clinical evaluation, treatment, prevention, and epidemiology) at the county, municipal, and institutional level through the provision of health service grant funds, staff, medication, consultation, and education.

  5. Did you know?

    The number of new TB cases in New Jersey declined 33.2% between 2008 and 2017. There were 282 newly diagnosed cases of TB in New Jersey in 2017. The Department continues to work toward the national goal of TB elimination.

    According to the CDC, a total of 9,093 TB cases (a rate of 2.8 cases per 100,000 persons) were reported in the United States in 2017.

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Progress Toward Goal

* Rate per 100,000 population

Only one year of data currently available

Exceeding Goal
At/Making progress toward Goal
Making less progress toward Goal than expected
Not progressing toward Goal
Negative progression toward Goal

Last Reviewed: 5/8/2018