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No. 2, 2014

Dear Colleague:

This spring, CDC Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) staff members were involved in a variety of events, several held in conjunction with 2014 World TB Day, both here in Atlanta as well as in Washington, DC.

The CDC Public Health Grand Rounds session for March focused on multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB and was presented by an internationally known MDR TB patient / spokesperson, as well as several TB experts from CDC and the World Health Organization. DTBE also hosted a Twitter chat, an event that engaged over 700 Twitter users. In addition, the annual World TB Day issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report came out on March 20.  In this issue, DTBE published World TB Day — March 24, 2014 and  Trends in Tuberculosis — United States, 2013, indicating that for 2013, a provisional total of 9,588 new TB cases were reported in the United States. There was also an article by staff of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, entitled Implementation of New TB Screening Requirements for U.S.-Bound Immigrants and Refugees —2007–2014.

Every spring, CDC holds its Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference in Atlanta. This is an opportunity for current EIS officers to gain experience in reporting and presenting the results of their CDC work, for current and prior EIS officers to meet and network with others at CDC, and for incoming EIS officers to match up with a CDC program for their 2-year EIS assignment. Our Division successfully participates in this conference every year. This year the conference was held from April 28 to May 2 and, as usual, included a session on tuberculosis. Please see the report on the 2014 EIS conference in this issue.

CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) recognizes its employees for their accomplishments in an annual honor awards ceremony. A number of DTBE employees will be recognized at this year’s event: Julia Ershova, Sundari Mase, Kathryn Koski, and Brittany Moore, and several groups: DTBE’s TB Trials Consortium (TBTC) Study 33 Implementation Team, DTBE’s International Operations Research Training Course Coordinators, DTBE’s “Think Tank,” and several DTBE staff who were part of the Antibiotic Resistance Threat Report Team.

These individuals and group members honored at the NCHHSTP awards ceremony then go on to be nominees for CDC honor awards. At this year’s annual CDC honor awards ceremony on May 13, the Antibiotic Resistance Threat Report Team received the Excellence in Communications award. Congratulations to the DTBE members of the team for this high honor!

The Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis met in Atlanta June 9–10, 2014. That meeting was followed by the 2014 National TB Conference, "Sharing the Vision of TB Elimination," held June 11–13, 2014, with pre-meetings on June 10 and post-meetings on June 13 in the afternoon. The meeting was located this year at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. Invited participants for the conference included State and Big City TB Controllers, TB Medical Consultants, TB Nurse Consultants, TB Program Managers, TB epidemiologists, other front-line TB program staff, Regional Training and Medical Consultation Centers (RTMCC) leadership, and other partners engaged in TB control. The National Tuberculosis Controllers Association (NTCA) website (www.tbcontrollers.org) provides conference-related information, including the agenda and conference registration. I hope many of you were able to attend and benefit from the 2014 National TB Conference. We will have reports from the meeting in the next issue of TB Notes.

Philip LoBue, MD, FACP, FCCP
Acting Director
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

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