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Public Health - Seattle & King County

General information about tuberculosis

Reports and data summary

2015 TB Data Summary 2015 TB Data Summary
In 2015, 98 new cases of TB were reported in King County, for an incidence of 4.8 cases per 100,000 population. This case count is comparable to case counts in 2014, but the rate is still 1.6 times as high as the Washington and United States (US) rate of approximately 3.0 cases per 100,000 population.
2014 TB Data Summary 2014 TB Data Summary
In 2014, 100 new cases of TB were reported in King County, for an incidence of 5.0 cases per 100,000 population. This case count represents a twelve percent decrease from 2013, but the rate is still 1.7 times as high as the Washington and United States (US) rate of approximately 3.0 cases per 100,000 population.
2013 TB Data Summary 2013 TB Data Summary
In King County, 114 cases of TB were reported in 2013. The rate of TB (5.8 cases per 100,000) increased 6% from 2012. On average, more than two cases of tuberculosis are diagnosed in King County each week. Another 100,000 residents are infected with TB, but the microbe lies dormant.
TB 2012 Annual Report 2012 Annual TB Report
In King County, 108 cases of TB were reported in 2012. The rate of TB (5.5 cases per 100,000) was unchanged from 2011 -- the lowest rate over the past 30 years in Seattle and King County. While the rate of TB was unchanged, there are an estimated 100,000 people with latent (or dormant) TB infection (LTBI) in King County.
TB 2011 Annual Report 2011 Annual TB Report + Supplement
106 cases of TB were reported in King County in 2011, and the TB Control Program provided more than 9,000 patient-visits at its clinic. The rate in 2011 was the lowest over the past 30 years in Seattle and King County, with the number of TB cases in the homeless community at an all-time low.
TB 2010 Annual Report 2010 Annual TB Report + Supplement
In 2010, we explored alternative methods of service delivery and started providing directly observed therapy (DOT) in two Public Health pharmacies. We are exploring ways we can use web-based technology to provide observed therapy while carefully assessing the protection of privacy.
TB 2009 Annual Report 2009 Annual TB Report
The TB Program narrowed its focus in 2009 to managing the highest-priority cases of public health significance in response to funding cuts due to budget deficits. In addition to redesigning its case-management model, the TB Control Program also began work to shift the care and management of less-severe TB cases to local community partners.
TB 2008 Annual Report 2008 Annual TB Report + Supplement
In 2008, due to an all time high of reported active TB cases and a large outbreak in individuals from the Marshall Islands the previous year, two full-time public health nurses and an outreach worker were added to the staff in the last half of 2007 with supplemental county funding. The supplement contains additional programmatic and epidemiologic data.
TB 2007 Annual Report cover 2007 Annual TB Report
In 2007, King County reported 161 cases of active tuberculosis (TB) disease, representing an 11% increase from the 2006 count. King County had a TB rate of 8.6 cases per every 100,000 individuals; this rate remains higher than the national rate (4.4 per 100,000 in 2006).
TB 2006 Annual Report cover 2006 Annual TB Report
In 2006, King County reported 145 cases of active tuberculosis (TB) disease, representing an 18% increase from the 2005 count. King County had a TB rate of 7.9 cases per every 100,000 individuals; this rate remains higher than the national rate (4.8 per 100,000 in 2005).
TB 2004 Annual Report cover 2005 Annual TB Report
In 2005, King County reported 127 cases of active tuberculosis (TB) disease. This represents a 5 percent decrease from the 2004 count and marks a continued decline since 2002 when 158 TB cases, a 30-year historic high, were reported.
TB 2004 Annual Report cover 2004 Annual TB Report
In 2004, King County reported 133 new cases of confirmed tuberculosis. This represents a decline of 14% from the 2003 rate due to the TB Control Program’s intensive efforts to reduce the TB burden among at-risk populations, particularly aimed at the homeless population.