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    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, TX 78714

    Phone: 737-255-4300
    Fax: 512-989-4010

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TB in Texas: An Overview

In 2020, 882 cases of tuberculosis (TB) were reported in Texas. This represents a decrease of 23.6% from 2019 when 1,154 cases were reported. The Texas TB rate in 2020 was 3.0 per 100,000 persons. TB can affect anyone but is more common in people who:

  • Are born in a foreign country where TB is prevalent
  • Are living with diabetes or HIV/AIDS
  • Abuse alcohol and other drugs
  • Live in congregate settings (including prisons and other detention centers)
  • Experience homelessness
  • Work in health care

Risk Factors Associated with TB Cases Reported in Texas 2019: 60.7% Born outside the U.S., 19.5% Diabetes, 13.3% Alcohol abuse, 10.3% Correctional facility resident, 6.6% HIV/AIDS, 3.8% Homeless

Tuberculosis is curable with proper treatment.  Some strains of TB are resistant to drugs used to treat TB. In 2020, six people in Texas were diagnosed with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). There were no cases of extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) reported in Texas in 2020. XDR-TB is the most difficult form of TB to treat.

In Texas, the following groups reported cases of TB in 2020:

  • Hispanics of any race (50%)
  • African Americans (19%)
  • Whites (9%)
  • Asians (22%)

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. Homelessness and TB/HIV co-infection are more common in larger urban areas of Texas. 


Texas Counties with the Most TB Cases - 2020

Map of Texas with 10 counties with highest number of TB infections in Texas highlighted. Data in table.

County Cases

Harris

243

Dallas

110

Tarrant

63

Bexar

53

Hidalgo

36

Travis

32

Walker*

29

Fort Bend

27

El Paso

25

Collin

24

* TB cases diagnosed among TDCJ inmates are attributed to Walker County for surveillance purposes



Last updated October 24, 2022