Introduction to Health and Disease/HCS245
August 9, 2010
Tuberculosis Trends in the United States
In an article entitled Trends in Tuberculosis---United States, 2007 published by the Center for Disease Control, reports that tuberculosis in the United States for 2007was the lowest recorded since the tracking of the disease started in 1953. However, despite the measures that have already been taken to control tuberculosis, the rate at which the decline of tuberculosis case-trends have slowed, is in a decline. This has proved a need for advanced case organization and contact scrutiny, “intensified outreach and testing of populations at high risk, better treatments and diagnostic tools, and improved understanding of tuberculosis...” that required global attention to reach the common goal of total tuberculosis eradication here in the United States (CDC.gov, March 2008). To understand this article better one needs to understand the purpose of the article, treatment solutions for the disease that the Center for Disease Control claims and have a better understanding of the national or global perspective the disease may have.
The article has a main purpose of showing trends in the United States dating back as far as 1953 when the National Tuberculosis Surveillance System was concerned of tracking tuberculosis trends. It also looks at the different racial/ethical issues and discusses in detail the differences of foreign- born persons versus. United States born persons. (Foreign-born is understood as being born in a country other than the United States). The Center for Disease Control points out in the article that the tuberculosis “incidence rate in 2007 was the lowest recorded since national reporting began” (CDC.gov, March 2008). Even though there has been a significant improvement and a decline of the number of cases over the years, there is still a considerable concern of foreign-born persons...