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No. 2, 2013

2013 EIS Conference

The 2013 Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference, held April 22 to 26 this year, again featured a session on TB. Three of the EIS officers from DTBE’s International Research and Programs Branch (IRPB) were featured during the session. Dr. Sara Auld presented “Negative Tuberculin Skin Test Result and Increased Risk of Death — United States, 1993–2008”; Dr. Chimmeremma Nnadi presented “Enlarged Peripheral Lymph Nodes and Positive Mycobacterium tuberculosis Culture among People Living with HIV — Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam, September 2006–July 2008”; and Dr. Terrence Lo presented “Drinking, Bootlegging, and an Outbreak of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis — Rural Kentucky, 2007–2012.”

A fourth presentation entitled “Relationship between Cigarette Smoking and Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Latent Tuberculosis Infection Among US Adults, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999–2000” was given by Dr. Eugene Lam from the Global Immunization Division in the Center for Global Health. In addition, Dr. Courtney Yuen from DTBE’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigation Branch presented “Predicting Year of Tuberculosis Elimination Among U.S.-born Populations, by State” in the “Money, Math, and Modeling” session on Thursday. All the presentations were well-received and generated enthusiastic responses and discussions.

DTBE also had very successful matches this year. Two new EIS officers are coming into IRPB: Aditya Sharma, MD, and Tyson Volkmann, PhD. One new officer is coming into SEOIB: Eric Reaves, DO. We are looking forward to working with these new officers.

—Reported by Sean Cavanaugh, MD
Div of TB Elimination

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