CDC Experts Attend Union World Conference on Lung Health in Guadalajara, Mexico from Oct 11-14


Next week, CDC experts from the Division of Global HIV & TB (DGHT) will join the world’s top scientific researchers at the 48th annual Union World Conference on Lung Health to address the growing threat of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide. During this four day conference, top scientists from around the world will be gathering to form innovative partnerships, inspire public health action in the fight against global TB, and discuss ground-breaking research to strengthen the global response to tuberculosis. Throughout the event, DGHT will highlight its on-the-ground efforts around the world to find, cure and prevent global TB, including the threat of TB strains resistant to existing drugs. This year’s conference theme is “Accelerating Toward Elimination.”

At this year’s Union World Conference on Lung Health, CDC researchers will present 18 abstracts and 7 sessions by way of symposiums, courses, oral abstracts, post-graduate courses, and poster presentations. These abstracts range in topic from the impact of TB BASICS in Ethiopia, to TB surveillance among healthcare workers in Nigeria, to TB symptom screening and use of IPT in Kenya, and the effect of latent TB infection and TB disease among healthcare workers in Thailand. Additionally, at this year’s conference, CDC’s Dr. Sarita Shah will be awarded with the Union Scientific Prize. This award is given for extraordinary contributions to research surrounding lung health that has been published in the last five years.

For information on all DGHT abstracts and sessions, see below.

“Imagine a future where everyone with TB was diagnosed quickly, started on effective treatment – a regimen lasting only a few weeks – and a cure was nearly universal. By pairing global efforts to improve public health response capabilities with proven interventions to strengthen TB control, we can improve the lives of people with TB and avert the suffering and cost associated with this deadly disease.”

Dr. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH
Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

DGHT Presentations and Abstracts

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