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Number of TB cases in NM on the decline

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 23, 2013 at 9:25 am •  Published: March 23, 2013

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say there has been a drop in the number of tuberculosis cases in the state.

The state Health Department says there were a total of 40 cases of active tuberculosis diagnosed in New Mexico in 2012. That's down from 49 cases the previous year.

The rate of tuberculosis in New Mexico stands at 1.9 cases per 100,000 people. The national rate is more than 3 cases per 100,000 people.

Despite the good news, health officials say New Mexico is still experiencing a higher than average TB mortality rate of 15 percent. Nationally, the mortality rate stands at 4 percent.

The signs and symptoms of infectious active TB include a persistent cough, unexplained weight loss, night sweats, fatigue and loss of appetite.