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TB Notes 1, 2001

Training and Educational Materials

"TB Elimination: Now Is the Time" Fact Sheet
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 high-risk settings.

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
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National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
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