New York City: The health department says that immigrant communities account for 70% of new tuberculosis cases
City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said New York City's TB rate is still double the rate of the nation.
The Health Department said 954 cases of TB were identified in 2006, down three percent from the previous year.
Foreign-born New Yorkers accounted for 672 new diagnoses, three percent less than in 2005. Although on the decline, the rate among New York's immigrant community is more than five times the citywide average for U.S.-born residents.
Of the city's five boroughs, Queens and Brooklyn, which have the largest number of foreign-born residents, had the highest number of TB cases.
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