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No. 1, 2012

Dear Colleagues:

The Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) was saddened to learn of the unexpected death of our former colleague, Dr. ShaJuan Colbert, who passed away in early February. She had worked in DTBE’s Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch (CEBSB) before taking a detail to the NCHHSTP Office of Health Equity. Please see the Personnel Notes section for further details.

On December 8–9, 2011, the first semi-annual meeting of the newly constituted Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC) took place in Atlanta.  On January 14, 2012, the fourth bi-annual Southeastern Mycobacteria Meeting took place in Atlanta. Reports about these important meetings are included in this issue.

As you know, DTBE science staff developed guidelines for the use of a 12-dose combination regimen of isoniazid and rifapentine for latent TB infection; these guidelines were released on December 9, 2011, in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). In preparation for that release, DTBE’s CEBSB developed and updated a variety of education and communication materials. Please see the related article in this issue, which includes links to these useful materials.

Each year on March 24, CDC and others around the world observe World TB Day. On this day, we commemorate the date when Robert Koch announced his discovery of the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB). Around the world, TB programs, civic groups, non-governmental organizations, and others participate in World TB Day activities to raise awareness about their TB-related problems and solutions, and to support worldwide TB control efforts. This year, CDC joins the global Stop TB Partnership in adopting the slogan “Stop TB in my lifetime,” calling for a world free of TB.  This theme encourages people all over the world, from the youngest to the oldest, to make an individual call to stop TB and to say what changes in TB treatment and prevention they expect in their lifetimes.

For examples of past World TB Day events, links to World TB Day planning resources, fact sheets, posters, and other materials that may be of assistance to you in your World TB Day activities, please visit the World TB Day section on the DTBE Website. These and other materials may be obtained according to the ordering instructions on the webpage.

The CDC observance of World TB Day will be held on March 22 at CDC’s Roybal campus, in collaboration with our colleagues in the CDC Center for Global Health. In addition, the fact that March 24 falls on a Saturday this year works out well for the organizers of the Atlanta TB Awareness Walk. This energizing event, held in Atlanta’s Grant Park, is now in its sixth year. More information about these events will be provided in the next issue of TB Notes.

If you are planning an event around World TB Day, we would like to hear about it. As soon as your event is planned, please send a completed event form by e-mail to Ms. Ijeoma Agulefo at Please contact Ije if you do not have an event form. We will post these activities on the World TB Day section of the DTBE web site.

I look forward to hearing and reading about the creative and resourceful activities many of you will be carrying out for this year’s World TB Day!

Kenneth G. Castro, MD
Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS, & Commanding Flag Officer
CDC/ATSDR Commissioned Corps
Director, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

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