Tuberculosis In The Workplace

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Tuberculosis was once the leading cause of death in the United States but with advancements in medicine and public education efforts, TB rates in the U.S. steadily decreased from the 1950s to the 1970s. However, between 1970 and 1992, the country let its guard down, and the number of TB cases increased. Since 1992 with increased funding and attention to the TB problem, there has again been a steady decline in the number of new TB cases. However, TB is still a problem, more than 14,000 cases were reported in 2005, and employers have specific obligations when it comes to handling employees with TB in the workplace.

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