Tuberculosis Facts & Figures

  • Each year there are more than 3 million TB-related deaths worldwide
  • Worldwide, TB is the leading killer of people who are HIV infected, accounting for one-third of AIDS death
  • TB causes more death among women worldwide than ALL causes of maternal mortality
  • On average, someone in the world is newly infected with TB every second of every day 86, 400 every day-31,536,000 per year
  • Overall, one-third of the world’s population is infected with TB bacillus
  • Each year, 8 million people become sick with active TB disease
  • Every day, 21,000 people develop TB disease and 5,000 people die
  • On average, one person dies of TB disease every 15 seconds
  • More people died of TB disease last year than any other year in history
  • The whole world fears Ebola virus, but last year Ebola killed 244 people, TB killed 2.8 million
  • There are currently at least 15 million people with latent TB infection in the United States
  • Illinois is the only midwestern state with above average TB infection rates-it is the 5th state in the nation for total cases of active TB disease
  • Multiple Drug Resistant(MDR) TB is the ticking time bomb of the world-one case can cost as much as $200,000 to treat.
  • Russia leads the world in Multiple Drug Resistant TB-104 cases per 100,000 population
  • MDR TB is human-made due to improper treatment

Ogle County only has an occasional active case of TB disease. However, latent TB infection is on the rise due to our immigrant population and more frequent travel to countries with endemic TB cases. If traveling out of country to an endemic region, contact the Ogle County TB Nurse.

You will need a TB test before prior to leaving and again three months after returning. Report classic signs of TB to your physician: productive cough lasting three weeks or more: coughing up blood: night sweats: unexplained fever or chills:unexplained anorexia or weight loss.