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Epi Profile Section 1 - An Overview of Tuberculosis in Texas

In 2017, Texas reported 1,127 new active tuberculosis (TB) cases, which is 12% of the nation’s total TB cases. Texas reports the second highest number of cases in the United States.

The Texas TB incidence rate is 4.0 per 100,000 populations, which is the sixth highest rate in the country, compared to 2.8 per 100,000 nationally.

Figure 1 TB Case Count and Rate per 100,000 Population, Texas, 2008-2017 

Figure 1. TB Case Count and Rate per 100,000 Population, Texas, 2008-2017. See link below for FIgure 1 data.

Data for Figure 1


Tuberculosis Challenges in Texas

Child Morbidity

In Texas, the TB diagnosis rate for children aged 0-4 years old is 2.6 per 100,000. Texas’ rate more than doubles the national rate for the same age group, which is 1.14 per 100,0001.


Among those diagnosed with TB in 2017, 18.9% also reported diabetes mellitus, which is close to the national rate at, 19.9%.  People with diabetes are at a higher risk of progressing from TB infection to active TB disease.


Approximately 36 people died while on TB medication in 2017.  Furthermore, 19 people were diagnosed with TB upon autopsy.


Table of Contents | An Overview of Tuberculosis in Texas | Distribution of Tuberculosis in Texas | Affected Populations | Case Diagnosis | Recent Transmission | Mortality | Risk Factors Associated with Tuberculosis | Drug Resistant TB | Targeted Testing | Reporting Requirements | References

Last updated October 15, 2019