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Announcement of Meeting on Tuberculosis Prevention in Health-Care Facilities

CDC will sponsor a meeting, "Issues in Preventing Tuberculosis Transmission in Health-Care Facilities," October 22-23, 1992, in Atlanta. The goal of the meeting is to review and assess the need to revise CDC guidelines for reducing the risk for tuberculosis (TB) transmission in health-care settings (1).

The meeting will bring together experts in TB prevention and control, nosocomial infection prevention, biosafety, and occupational safety and health, as well as representatives of labor, medical, hospital, and administration organizations. Topics will include patient management; TB isolation precautions; engineering controls, such as ventilation and ultraviolet irradiation; health-care worker TB screening; and personal respiratory protection, including discussion of recent recommendations by CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (2).

There is no registration fee. Additional information and a preliminary agenda are available from CDC's Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, National Center for Prevention Services, 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Mailstop E-10, Atlanta, GA 30333; telephone (404) 639-2501; fax (404) 639-1450.

References

  1. CDC. Guidelines for preventing the transmission of tuberculosis in health-care settings, with special focus on HIV-related issues. MMWR 1990;39(no. RR-17).

  2. NIOSH. NIOSH recommended guidelines for personal respiratory protection of workers in health-care facilities potentially exposed to tuberculosis. Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, CDC, September 14, 1992.



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