State health officials say cases of tuberculosis among immigrants are rising, raising concerns that North Carolina is headed toward a resurgence of the disease among its growing international population.
Tuberculosis, a bacterial disease that attacks the lungs and other organs, has been well-contained for years, with the number of cases plummeting since 1980. And overall, it is still on the wane.
But the foreign-born now make up more than 40 percent of the state's cases, and the numbers are rising as the foreign population grows. In 2000, 26 percent of the state's cases were among the foreign-born, and in 1983 it was less than 3 percent.