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No. 2, 2014

2014 EIS Conference

The 2014 Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference was held April 28 to May 1, 2014, in Atlanta. We are pleased that this year’s conference again contained a session dedicated to TB.

Three EIS officers from DTBE’s International Research and Programs Branch (IRPB) were featured during the session, which was held on Tuesday, April 29. First year officers Dr. Tyson Volkmann presented “Tuberculosis and Excess Alcohol Use in the United States, 1997–2012” and Dr. Aditya Sharma presented “Characterization of Tuberculosis due to Mycobacterium africanum — United States, 2004–2012”; second year officer Dr. Niki Alami presented “Childhood Tuberculosis — Botswana, 2008–2012.”

Additional presentations were given by state-based officers from the Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD), including “Opportunities for Improved Detection and Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection Among Veterans — Western United States, January 2010–July 2013,” presented by Dr. Tara Perti, and “Contact Investigation of Healthcare Personnel Exposed to Maternal and Neonatal Tuberculosis — Clark County, Nevada, 2013” given by Kaci Hickox.

In addition, first year officer Dr. Erik Reaves from DTBE’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigation Branch presented “Strategies for Maximizing Preventive Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection — Mississippi, 2008–2012” in the newly updated poster symposium session held on Monday, April 28. Dr. Reaves provided a 2-minute synopsis of his work to accompany the poster that he presented. Dr. Jessica Adam, a state-based officer from the DSEPD, also presented on “Mexican-Born Legal Immigrants with Tuberculosis Classifications Using Electronic Disease Notification Database, 2009–2012.” During the poster symposium session held on Tuesday, Dr. Abbey Canon, also from DSEPD, presented “Delayed Diagnosis of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis and the Resulting Outbreak — Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 2012–2013.” All presentations were well-received and generated enthusiastic responses and discussions. Congratulations to everyone on a job well done!

DTBE also had very successful matches this year. Two new EIS officers are coming into IRPB: Hannah Kirking and Colleen Scott. One new officer is coming into SEOIB: Godwin Mindra. We are looking forward to working with these new officers.

Reported by Tracie Gardner, PhD
Div of TB Elimination

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