Tuberculosis Prevention: Health Disparities and Ethnic Populations

Tuberculosis has a disproportionate impact on certain populations, including immigrants, ethnic minorities, and health care workers in the US. Despite efforts to eliminate the disease, over 13 million Americans have untreated latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). The disease is more prevalent in certain states and major cities, as well as among specific racial and ethnic groups. Dr. Sierra recommends enhanced screening and targeted interventions to address disparities and improve access to care. It is important for health care providers to be aware of the prevalence and risk factors for TB in different populations. For more information on active TB cases, visit the World Atlas of TB.

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