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    TB Services Branch

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    P.O. Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78756-9347

    Phone: 512-533-3000
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The Big Picture

In 2012, 1,233 cases of tuberculosis (TB) were reported in Texas, a rate of 4.7 per 100,000 population. TB can affect anyone but is more likely to be diagnosed in people born in a foreign country where TB is prevalent, people living with diabetes or HIV/AIDS, the homeless, and health care workers. Alcohol abuse is associated with nearly 17% of TB cases and nearly 5% of cases are diagnosed in detention facilities.

TB is curable with proper treatment. However, some strains of TB are resistant to the drugs used for treatment. In 2012, five people in Texas were diagnosed with multi-drug resistant TB. No cases of extensively drug resistant TB, a type of TB that is resistant to most drugs typically used for treatment, were reported in Texas.

In Texas, 52% of reported TB cases in 2012 were among Hispanics, 18% were among African Americans, 13% percent were among Whites, and 17% were among Asians. TB rates are higher along the Texas-Mexico border. Co-infection with TB and diabetes is also more common along the border than in the rest of the state. TB/HIV co-infection is more commonly found in urban areas of Texas.

 

Risk Factors Associated with TB Cases Reported in Texas in 2012. Foreign Born 54.1, Diabetes 17.8, Alcohol Abuse 16.8, HIV/AIDS 6.3, Prison/Jail 4.9, Homeless 5.1, Health Care Worker 2.5

 

TB is curable with proper treatment. However, some strains of TB are resistant to the drugs used for treatment. In 2011, sixteen people in Texas were diagnosed with multi-drug restistant TB. Fortunately, there were no cases in Texas that were extensively drug resistant, the most difficult form to treat.

In Texas, 52.6 percent of reported TB cases in 2011 were among Hispanics, 18.7 percent were among African Americans, 12.2 percent were among Whites, 16.1 percent were among Asians, and 0.2 percent were among persons of unknown ethnicity. TB rates are higher along the Texas-Mexico border. Co-infection with TB and diabetes is also more common along the border than in the rest of the state. TB/HIV co-infection is more commonly found in urban areas of Texas.

 

Tuberculosis Screening

In recent years, blood tests known as Interferon Gamma Release Assays (IGRAs) have been developed to screen for tuberculosis (TB). White blood cells release interferon gamma (IFN-g) in response to contact with TB antigens. If the test result is positive, there is an immune response indicating the presence of TB bacteria.

 

Texas Counties with the Most TB Cases in 2012. Harris 267, Dallas 178, Hidalgo 72, Tarrant 72, Bexar 71, Cameron 48, El Paso 37, Travis 37, Webb 30, Fort Bend 24

 

There are currently two Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved blood tests on the market: the QuantiFERON®–TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT) and the T-SPOT®.TB test (T-Spot). The Department of State Health Services Laboratory Services Section Molecular and Serological Analysis Group processes specimens for the QFT-GIT test. Although the tuberculin skin test has been the conventional screening method in Texas, regional and local tuberculosis programs are adopting the IGRA test as the standard tool to screen for TB.

 

                  TST

              IGRA

Differences Between the IGRA and the Tuberculin Skin Test

Single patient visit

                   No

                Yes

Test Results

              Subjective

            Objective

Affected by Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) Vaccine

                  Yes

                No

 


Tuberculosis Treatment

Not everyone infected with the bacteria that cause tuberculosis becomes sick. Those who do have symptoms – such as a cough, fever, night sweats, weight loss, chest pain, or fatigue – are most likely suffering from TB disease. Those with TB disease may be infectious.  Prompt treatment is essential to end symptoms and prevent disability or death. Those who are infected with TB bacteria but do not have any symptoms and have a normal chest x-ray have latent TB infection (LTBI). Those with LTBI still require treatment to decrease the risk of future TB disease.

DSHS provides TB treatment medications to public health clinics across Texas. These clinics treat patients with TB disease and LTBI. Also, people who are presumed to have TB (TB suspects) may be given treatment while their clinicians perform further testing to confirm or rule out TB disease.

Treating TB disease generally requires up to four medications given for six months. Treating individuals with drug-resistant TB requires costly medications that may be used for an extended period of time.  LTBI is generally treated with one medication for 9-12 months. Treatment of suspects varies according to the outcome of their diagnostic tests.

 


Texas TB Data (2008-2012)

    1.  Cases and rates by countyPDF Icon (193 KB)

 

Texas TB Data (2007-2011)

    2.  Cases and rates by countyPDF Icon (260 KB)

 

Texas TB Data (2006-2010)                         

    3.  Cases and rates by countyPDF Icon ( 81 KB) 
    4.  Cases and rates by health service area PDF Icon (47 KB)
    5.  Cases and rates for the 32 Texas-Mexico border counties PDF Icon (19 KB)


Texas TB Data (2010) 

    6.  Cases with risk factors by selected counties PDF Icon (16 KB)
    7.  Cases and percentages by health service area and race/ethnicity PDF Icon (12 KB)


Texas TB Data (2009)

   8.  Cases with risk factors by selected counties PDF Icon (16 KB) 
   9.  Cases and percentages by health service area and race/ethnicityPDF Icon (12 KB)
   10.Counties with higher than average incidence of tuberculosis

 

Last updated September 20, 2013
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