Rates of tuberculosis (TB) declined 48% in children and teens in the U.S. between 2007-2017, according to new research led by Tori Cowger, a PhD student at Harvard T.H. Chan School who conducted the study while working for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study, however, found sharp racial and ethnic disparitiesin TB rates. “These wide-ranging and pervasive disparities [in TB rates] probably reflect structural inequalities…and unequal access to prompt diagnosis and treatment,” Cowger said in an August 22, 2019 HealthDay article.
Read the HealthDay article: TB Cases Drop Among the Young, But Racial Disparities Persist