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Changes to TB Surveillance Reporting

The Tuberculosis Information Management System (TIMS) is a CDC-developed and CDC-distributed software. It is being used in the 59 U.S. reporting areas for national tuberculosis (TB) surveillance. Beginning January 1, 1998, this system replaced the CDC software, Software for Expanded Tuberculosis Surveillance (SURVS-TB) for TB surveillance reporting. TIMS usage is under way and will be distributed to 97% of the reporting areas. However, TIMS data reporting through the National Electronic Telecommunications System for Surveillance will not be available until February. Therefore, for the cumulative reports of provisional TB cases for 1998, some areas will display a "U" for unavailable in Table II, Provisional cases of selected notifiable diseases, United States. Additional information about TIMS is available from the TIMS Help Desk, Computers and Statistics Branch, Division of TB Elimination, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, telephone (404) 639-8155.

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