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					                Tuberculosis and Mycobacterium Mortality in British Columbia, 1890-1999

Before the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s tuberculosis (TB) was responsible for over 550 deaths every year in British
Columbia. There were only 131 deaths directly due to TB from 1990 to 1999. In the late 1970s and early 1980s there was a
slight rise in the number of deaths due to TB that might be explained by the prevalence of immune compromising conditions
such as AIDS.

Throughout the ten-year study period 1990-1999, it was found that more males than females died as a direct and indirect
result of TB and mycobacterium. Those in the most elderly age group, 75 years and over, were the most susceptible to death
by TB and mycobacterium. The Status Aboriginal population had a TB death rate of over three times higher than the other
British Columbians for 1991-1998.

The number of deaths from TB and mycobacterium have been relatively low and stable in the past five years, but they should
be closely monitored as the number of immune compromised individuals continue to rise in British Columbia.

Source: Vital Statistics Quarterly Digest, Volume 10, Number 1, October 2000; available on the Agency website
(http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/stats/quarter/q1_2000/index.html).

                                                                          Tuberculosis Deaths
                Number                                                British Columbia, 1890-1999
                700
                650                                                       620
                600                                                             565
                                                                                          578
                550                                            538
                                                                                                525
                500
                450                                      444

                400
                                                   356
                350
                                             312
                300                                                                                   313

                250
                                       208
                200
                                 163
                150                                                                                         143
                100     58 68                                                                                 63 53
                 50                                                                                                     43 25 34
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