Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It usually affects the lungs, but can attack any part of the body, including the the kidney, spine, and brain. 

About tuberculosis

Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist:

  • Latent TB infection (LTBI)
  • TB disease

If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.

CDC resources

EXTERNAL RESOURCES
Access a wide array of TB resources including professional resources, historical data, information about TB in specific locations, and treatment.
EXTERNAL RESOURCES
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) compiled data and statistics relating to the occurrence of TB in the US.

Idaho-specific resources

MORE INFORMATION
Idaho Division of Public Health maintains an interactive tool exploring data relating to cases of TB in Idaho each year since 1970.
By the Numbers
8,920
Number of provisionally reported TB cases in the United States in 2019 (a rate of 2.7 per 100,000 persons)
7
Number of reported TB cases in Idaho in 2019 (a rate of 0.4 per 100,000 persons)