Tuberculosis in North Carolina: Trends Across Two Decades
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In North Carolina, we analyzed cumulative data for tuberculosis (TB) from 1980 through 1999 to determine trends in incidence, population subgroups at risk, and implications for health policy-makers. The overall incidence rates declined significantly over the study period (p = 0.0001). This decline correlates strongly with an increase in TB patients receiving directly observed therapy. Males have approximately twice the risk for disease, and persons 65 years of age are at the highest risk. For every Caucasian with TB, six blacks, six Hispanics, and eight Asians have the disease. TB incidence rates are declining in all other population subgroups but increasing in foreign-born and Hispanic persons.
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Emerging Infectious Diseases, v. 7, issue 7, p. 570-574
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Salihu, Hamisu M.; Naik, Eknath; O'Brien, William F.; Dagne, Getachew A.; Ratard, Raoul; and Mason, Thomas, "Tuberculosis in North Carolina: Trends Across Two Decades" (2001). Internal Medicine Faculty Publications. 137.