TB Notes Newsletter
No. 3, 2013
HIGHLIGHTS FROM STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS
In the photo are Tommy Camden, current TB program manager (first on left); Carlos Alcantara, CDC PHA (fourth from the right); and Dr. John Nava (far right). All others are their visitors.
On January 11, 2013, San Antonio Metro Health TB staff hosted several medical professional visitors from Eastern Europe. The visitors were in town as guests of the Heartland National TB Training Center. Representatives were from the countries of Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine. Also present was a CDC representative who is working with these countries to address their TB challenges, Dr. Patrick Moonan of DTBE. These medical professionals visited with Metro Health’s TB staff to learn more about how our TB staff perform contact investigations, conduct surveillance, and use directly observed therapy for patient care as well as for managing latent TB infections. The group had a Russian language interpreter who facilitated the discussion, which lasted several hours.
Dr. Patrick Moonan of DTBE took part in the session.
Eastern Europe has significant challenges with drug-resistant TB. In the past, countries of this region have not investigated potential exposures and treated asymptomatic patients with drugs to prevent future progression to disease. CDC is partnering with officials of these Eastern European countries to develop a study to enhance the contact investigation, diagnosis, and treatment of exposed persons. It is expected that these improvements will lead to less exportation of TB and drug resistance through immigration, and hopefully will reduce the overall disease burden experienced in these countries from this devastating disease.
—Reported by Carlos Alcantara
CDC PHA, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District