Tuberculosis Data

Kentucky TB data are collected via the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System by all local health departments. All confirmed cases of TB meet the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists case definition.

Kentucky conducts enhanced surveillance on all suspected cases of TB. While suspected cases of TB are not reportable in the U.S., Kentucky presents this data in an additional report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a suspected case of TB as a person currently under TB disease evaluation for whom there is a high suspicion for active TB. High suspicion for active TB can be based on factors including known contact with a person with active TB or showing signs or symptoms consistent with TB.

Disclaimer: All TB-related data are considered preliminary until finalized and released by CDC. Finalization of yearly data typically occurs late the following year. Case data for 2018 should be finalized in late 2019. All reports clearly identify whether the included data are preliminary or final in the heading of each page. 

How to Calculate the Burden of TB for Annual Facility Risk Assessments

Review the following metrics to assess the true burden of TB at your facility and assist with the completion of annual facility risk assessments:

  1. Annual TB case rates for your county or district
  2. Annual TB case rates for surrounding counties
  3. Annual TB case rates for other counties served by your facility (i.e., patient catchment area)
  4. Annual suspected cases of TB
  5. Five-year average TB incidence
  6. Ten-year average TB incidence

Tuberculosis In the United States

For national-level information, see the latest CDC data on reported TB in the United States.

TB Incidence Returning to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Nationally, TB incidence appears to be gradually returning to pre-pandemic levels, but ongoing effects of the pandemic persist. In 2022, reported TB cases and incidence rates (number of TB cases per 100,000 persons) in the United States increased for the second year in a row, but remained lower than levels reported prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Increases are attributed to increase in migration and post-pandemic travel and other illnesses, such as COVID-19 that weaken the immune system that allows LTBI to surface and allows activation of disease.

Annual Confirmed TB Case Statistics

2022 (PDF, 378 KB)
2023 (PDF, 809 KB)

Annual Confirmed and Suspected TB Case Statistics

2022 (PDF, 596 KB)
2023 (PDF, 862 KB)

10-Year TB Case Statistics

2014-2023 (PDF, 1.0 MB)

2020 RVCT and TBLISS Resources

Additional Information