Tuberculosis

Overview

Highlights

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2008, nearly one-third of the world's population is infected with Tuberculosis (TB), which kills almost 1.6 million people per year. TB is now the second most common cause of death from infectious disease in the world after human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS). In the mid-1980s, a resurgence of outbreaks in the United States brought renewed attention to TB. An increase in high risk, immuno-suppressed individuals, particularly those infected with HIV, lead to an increase in TB cases. Drug-resistant strains of this deadly disease also contributed to the problem. However, through a broad range of Federal and community initiatives, TB rates have declined steadily. For 2010, a total of 11,182 tuberculosis (TB) cases were reported in the United States. The TB rate was 3.6 cases per 100,000 population, a decrease of 3.8% from the rate reported for 2009. More...

Standards

Tuberculosis is addressed in specific OSHA standards for recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses and general industry.

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Hazard Recognition

Provides references to aid in recognizing and evaluating hazards associated with TB in the workplace.

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Possible Solutions

Provides references to aid in implementing controls associated with TB in the workplace.

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Additional Resources

Provides links and references to additional resources related to tuberculosis.

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