National tuberculosis Indicators 2015 state comparisons
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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects information from state and local health departments about

    each newly reported case of tuberculosis (TB) in the United States (U.S.). Reporting areas (i.e., the 50 states, the District of Columbia, several large U.S. cities, Puerto Rico, and other U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions in the Pacific and Caribbean) submit their information about TB cases to CDC’s National TB Surveillance System (NTSS) with a standard form, the Report of Verified Case of Tuberculosis (RVCT). The initial case report includes a patient’s demographic data, occupation, initial drug regimen, and information on HIV status, substance abuse, homelessness, and residence in correctional or long term-care facilities. Follow-up reports collect drug susceptibility test results for Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates and treatment status, among other items.

    CDC also collects information from reporting areas about their contact investigation activities: finding and examining persons who have had contact with TB cases, and treating those found to have TB disease or latent TB infection (LTBI). Data for contact investigation are reported by each TB control jurisdiction annually through the Aggregate Reports for Program Evaluation (ARPE).

    National TB Indicators are key process and outcome measures for TB control programs in the United States. These indicators are selected by CDC in cooperation with partners in state and local health departments. Data for calculating these indicators are derived from existing surveillance systems such as NTSS and ARPE. CDC publishes TB indicator data to assist in evaluating progress toward achievement of national objectives through monitoring of TB program performance, assessment of needs for education and technical assistance, and identification of areas that need improvement.


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