Combating Alaska’s disproportionately high STD rates are a big focus of the state’s epidemiologists. But the state is struggling with other persistent infectious diseases. A new report from the state sheds gives a look at the status of a few diseases.
Tuberculosis continues to be an extremely stubborn disease in the western part of the state. 66 cases of TB were reported last year, with the annual incidence of 9 cases per 100,000 statewide; that almost 3 times the national rate.