Syracuse (WSYR-TV/ABC News) – Tuberculosis, or TB, is a bacterial infection that most often affects the lungs.
If is spread through coughing and sneezing and can be fatal.
It was once more common in the United States but now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the TB is on the decline.
The CDC reported just 9,951 cases in the US in 2012, a 6.1 percent decrease over one year.
The year marked the 20th in which the rate decreased.
The new all-time low is 3.2 cases per 100,000 people.
The rate is higher among foreign born people than US-born citizens.
Racial and ethnic minorities have higher rates than whites.
But the new figures show that the concerted public effort to stamp out Tuberculosis is making healthy strides.