- One fourth of the world’s population is infected with TB.
- In 2016, 10.4 million people around the world became sick with TB disease. There were 1.7 million TB-related deaths worldwide.
- TB is a leading killer of people who are HIV infected.
A total of 9,272 TB cases (a rate of 2.9 cases per 100,000 persons) were reported in the United States in 2016. This is a decrease from the number of cases reported in 2015 and the lowest case count on record in the United States. The case rate of 2.9 per 100,000 persons is a 3.6% decrease from 2015. While the United States continues to make slow progress, current strategies are not enough to reach the goal of TB elimination in this century.
CDC estimates that about 14% of U.S. TB cases with genotype data are attributed to recent transmission. Distinguishing the numbers of cases attributed to recent transmission from those likely due to reactivation of longstanding, untreated latent TB infection is one of many tools state and local TB programs can use to design and prioritize effective public health interventions.
Above is from: https://www.cdc.gov/tb/statistics/default.htm
5 hrs · (approximately 3PM, May 18, 2018)
There has been a diagnosed case of Tuberculosis (TB) at Belvidere North High School. Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease that is transmitted from an ill person to others through the air. People who are in direct and prolonged contact with the ill person and share the same airspace for a prolonged period of time can become infected with the germ (bacteria) that causes TB.
You can only get infected by breathing in TB germs that a person coughs into the air. You cannot get TB from someone’s clothes, drinking glass, eating utensils,
handshake, toilet, or other surfaces where a TB patient has been.
Skin testing for every student attending Belvidere North High School is not necessary. Students and staff who have come in direct and prolonged contact in the classroom setting are considered school contacts that need to have a TB skin test. Those students and staff received a letter about their need for a skin test. We will be taking appointments for skin tests for the targeted students and staff on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call 815-544-9730 for more information.