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TB Notes 1, 2001
Training and Educational Materials
"TB Elimination: Now Is the Time"
A fact sheet entitled "TB Elimination: Now Is the Time"
has been updated. It is available online in PDF and HTML formats
(you need Acrobat Reader software to access PDF files): This fact
sheet was updated based upon communications research conducted by
the Communications and Education Branch (CEB). An update on the
research as well as information about a TB elimination communication
plan will be included in the next issue of TB Notes.
Respirators: Your TB Defense
TB experienced a resurgence in the United States during
the late 1980s and early 1990s, reversing decades of decline. This
increase in TB cases led to the emergence of multidrug-resistant
strains, hospital outbreaks, and the infection of many health care
workers. A number of workers even lost their lives to the disease.
Thanks to the aggressive nationwide response, the occurrence of
TB appears to be decreasing at this time, but it remains a concern
for health care workers. CDC's MMWR entitled "Guidelines
for preventing the transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
in health-care facilities, 1994," includes a recommended hierarchy
of infection control measures. These consist of administrative controls,
engineering controls, and personal respiratory protection. Although
administrative controls are considered the most effective defense
against transmission of M. tuberculosis in health care
settings, personal respiratory protection must be used in certain
Respirators: Your TB Defense is an educational program
for health care workers on TB prevention through respirator use.
The program covers the history of TB in the United States, infection
control measures, and the selection and use of respirators. The
program is narrated by multiple Emmy award–winning actress Loretta
Swit, and is 17 minutes long. To request a copy, contact 1-800-35
NIOSH, or and request #214 from the NIOSH video library.
Released October 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination - http://www.cdc.gov/tb
Please send comments/suggestions/requests
CDC/Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch
1600 Clifton Rd., NE - Mailstop E-10, Atlanta, GA 30333