Tuberculosis Control Program

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Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Tuberculosis Control Program
2615 S. Grand Avenue, Room 507
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 745-0800
Fax: (213) 749-0926

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Tuberculosis Control Program

Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
Tuberculosis Control Program
2001 Epidemiology Fact Sheet
Hispanic Tuberculosis Cases

  1. In the United States, in the year 2000, 3,805 TB cases were reported in Hispanics representing 23.2% of total 16,377 TB cases in the nation. The incidence of tuberculosis in the Hispanics was 11.5 cases per 100,000 population. 1
  2. In California, in the year 2001, 1,252 TB cases were reported in Hispanics representing 37.6% of the total 3,332 TB cases in the state. This represented a 4.5% (54 cases) increase compared to the year 2000 (1,198). 2
  3. In 2001, there were 1,046 TB cases reported in Los Angeles County (LAC). Of these, 489 were Hispanic TB cases representing 46.7% of the total TB cases in LAC. Hispanics have represented the racial/ethnic group with largest number of TB cases in LAC for the past several years. There has been no significant change in this proportion since 1996 (45%). 3
  4. In 2001, of the 489 Hispanic TB cases, 306 (62.6%) were male and 183 (37.4%) were female.
  5. The highest number of Hispanic TB cases was in the 15-34 year old age group with 174 cases (35.6%), followed by the 65 years and older age group with 82 cases (16.8%), the 35-44 year old age group with 71 cases (14.5%), the 45-54 year old age group with 66 cases (13.5%), the 55-64 year old age group with 56 cases (11.5%), the 0-4 year old age group with 24 cases (4.9%), and the 5-14 year old age group with 16 cases (3.3%).
  6. Of the 489 Hispanic TB cases, 398 cases (81%) were foreign-born. Most, 273 cases (55.8%), were born in Mexico, 43 cases (8.8%) in El Salvador, 35 cases (7.2%) in Guatemala, 14 cases (2.9%) in Peru, and 11 cases (2.3%) in Honduras. Eighty-nine Hispanic TB cases (18.2%) were born in the U.S.
  7. In 2001, there were 47 (9.6%) Hispanic TB cases co-infected with HIV. Hispanic TB cases co-infected with HIV accounted for 56% of the total 84 HIV co-infected TB cases in LAC.
  8. In 2001, of the 489 Hispanic TB cases, 43 (8.8%) were homeless. Of these, 31 cases (72.1%) were male and 31 cases (72.1%) were foreign-born.
  9. Four hundred and eight cases (83.4%) were diagnosed as pulmonary TB, and 81 cases (16.6%) as extra-pulmonary TB only.

1 CDC. Reported Tuberculosis in The United States, 2000

2 California Health and Human Services Agency: Report on Tuberculosis in California, 2001.

3 Epidemiology Services, TB Control Program, Department of Health and Services, Los Angeles County. Tuberculosis Epidemiology Assessment (TEAM) Report 2001; Volume 2002.

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