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TB Notes 3, 2004
EIS Conference a Success for DTBE
The 53rd annual Epidemic Intelligence Service
(EIS) Conference was held in Atlanta April 19-23, 2004. Every year
this conference serves as a robust mix of scientific presentations
by current EIS Officers and recruitment activities for the incoming
class of EIS Officers. Members of the incoming class spend the week
meeting with representatives of programs throughout CDC, interviewing
with programs that interest them, and then being matched to a program
for their 2-year assignment. This year’s class consists of 89 EIS
Every year, DTBE actively promotes the work of its current EIS
Officers and recruits from the new class. This year’s conference
was a big success on both counts for DTBE.
In regards to the presentations, DTBE Director Ken Castro, MD,
moderated this year’s TB session, “Consumption Junction: Tuberculosis
Investigations.” The session was well attended and included
five presentations on some of the TB-related epidemiologic investigations
that were conducted recently in collaboration with our TB control
partners in state and local health departments.
- Victoria Gammino, PhD, DTBE’s EIS Officer in the Field Services
and Evaluation Branch, discussed the investigation she led on
a TB outbreak in a homeless population in Maine in 2002-2003.
- Renee Funk, MD, an EIS Officer assigned to the state of Kansas,
presented on the investigation she led in 2003 related to cross-contamination
caused by micropipettor use in a mycobacteriology laboratory in
- Fatima Coronado, MD, an EIS Officer assigned to the state of
New York, reported on an outbreak in a large homeless shelter
in New York in 2003.
- Asim Jani, MD, an EIS Officer assigned to the Commonwealth
of Virginia, presented on a pseudo-outbreak of tuberculin skin
test conversions in a women’s prison in Virginia in 2003.
- John Oeltmann, MD, DTBE’s EIS Officer in the Surveillance,
Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch (SEOIB), closed
the session with his presentation on how the use of TB genotyping
led to the discovery and understanding of transmission among homeless
persons and illicit-drug users in Kansas in 2002-2003.
In the meeting’s recruitment activities, DTBE was successful in
matching three new EIS Officers to assignments in the Division.
Our new Officers arrived in August 2004 and join Drs. Alyssa Finlay,
John Oeltmann, and Kathrine Tan to give the Division six EIS Officers.
Our new EIS Officers are as follows (please see the Personnel Notes
section for further details on their careers):
- Rana Jawad Asghar, MD, MPH, (goes by “Jawad”) is assigned to
SEOIB. He is a medical doctor with an MPH from the University
of Washington, where he was also a fellow in emerging infectious
- Kevin Cain, MD, is assigned to the International Research and
Programs Branch (IRPB). Kevin is a medical doctor in internal
- N. Sarita Shah, MD, MPH, assigned to IRPB, is a medical doctor,
and is receiving her MPH from Columbia University.
DTBE also has two EIS Officers who
have finished their 2-year assignments with us. We are grateful
to Drs. Victoria Gammino and Abe Miranda for their hard work on
behalf of our Division. Both Abe and Victoria have made tremendous
contributions to national and international TB control during their
2 years as EIS Officers.
During EIS, Abe provided in-country technical assistance to the
Viet Nam National TB Program and the Honduras National TB Program
for operational research on TB, and served as the principal investigator
for (1) an evaluation of the Brazilian national TB surveillance
system, (2) a case-control study of risk factors for treatment default
among TB patients in South Africa, and (3) an evaluation of the
impact of antiretroviral treatment on the incidence of TB in Brazil,
1995-2001. In July, Abe will join the Care and Treatment Branch
in CDC’s Global AIDS Program. In this position, he will be developing
comprehensive care and treatment protocols and addressing epidemiological
and operations research questions specifically related to TB in
the countries of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief.
Victoria’s projects during EIS included collaborating on a contact
investigation of TB in a traveling circus; evaluating TB surveillance
among foreign-born persons in New York City; and serving as the
principal investigator for (1) a contact investigation of MDR TB
in a high school, (2) a community survey for active TB and LTBI
on a remote atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and (3)
an outbreak among homeless persons in Portland, Maine. Victoria
is currently working with IRPB and the World Health Organization
to collect evidence on which to base a global policy for MDR TB
control, including treatment and management, and is developing an
information management system to allow data to be compared across
different sites implementing MDR TB control programs. Victoria will
continue working on this project within IRPB for the next 6 months
to 1 year.
—Contributed by Kayla Laserson (IRPB) and
Scott McCombs (SEOIB)
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