According to the Illinois Department of Public Health in 2009, 418 cases of active tuberculosis were reported in the state, a marked decrease from 469 in 2008. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state ranks fifth in the nation for the highest number of cases.
"Despite seeing the lowest number of new tuberculosis cases in Illinois during 2009, we've already experienced a tuberculosis outbreak in the state this year," State Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold said in a press release announcing World TB Day. "Although most of us don't think about tuberculosis much anymore thanks to the advances in medicine, this outbreak reminds us that TB is still circulating in Illinois. I urge all citizens to increase their awareness of tuberculosis and to join the global effort to stop the spread of this disease."