Tuberculosis cases are up in New York City for the first time in a decade, according to new data released by the Health Department yesterday.
But while tuberculosis cases rose about 5 percent in 2003 - from 1,084 cases in 2002 to 1,140 in 2003 - the number of cases still remains among the lowest in the city's history.
In 1992, at the height of the TB epidemic, there were 3,811 cases. Cases among foreign-born New Yorkers have increased as well. In 2002, immigrants made up 18 percent of the city's new cases of tuberculosis. Last year, that number spiked to 67 percent.
Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said the city provides free TB testing "regardless of immigration status." For more information, call 311 or go to www.nyc.gov/health.
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