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Harvard: TB Declining Among U.S. Youth, But Sharp Racial Disparities Persist

Rates of tuberculosis (TB) declined 48 percent in children and teens in the U.S. between 2007-2017, according to new research led by Ms. Tori Cowger, a PhD student at Harvard T.H. Chan School who conducted the study while working for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study, however, found sharp racial and ethnic disparities in TB rates. “These wide-ranging and pervasive disparities [in TB rates] probably reflect structural inequalities…and unequal access to prompt diagnosis and treatment,” Ms. Cowger said in an August 22, 2019 HealthDay article.

The study was published August 21 in The Lancet Public Health.

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