NY1.com (New York City) (02.12.2014)
NY1.com recently reported that TB among immigrants in New York City has been increasing in recent years. According to the New York City Department of Health, 80 percent of TB diagnoses in 2011 were in foreign-born individuals. The city also reported a 4-percent increase in 2012, with 651 cases. These statistics are more than double the national rate, even while the city’s overall TB rates have declined. Health officials urge individuals who have been in the United States fewer than five years to get tested; those here longer still could be at risk if they have spent an extended amount of time with relatives or friends with active TB symptoms. Union Community Health Center tests many immigrants whose jobs require it. Approximately 8 percent of patients at the clinic test positive, according to Katherine Cocca-Bates, a nurse practitioner and clinical coordinator for the center's occupational health services. New York City provides free TB tests at its chest centers. For more information on TB testing, visit http://www.ny1.com/health or http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/diseases/tbcc.shtml.