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NM tuberculosis rate above national average

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that cases of active tuberculosis have stayed steady in New Mexico despite a 6% decline nationally last year. And the mortality rate among some populations in the state was four times the national average.

The CDC says there were 10,521 cases of active tuberculosis in the United States in 2011. New Mexico had 49 cases in 2010 and 2011. According to the New Mexico Department of Health's Tuberculosis Program, Native Americans and foreign born Hispanics in New Mexico suffer a 16% mortality rate versus 4% nationally.

The Department of Health is planning a public information session on prevention and treatment of the bacterial infection that mostly affects the lungs on Friday in Santa Fe.