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TB Notes 1, 2004

Dear Colleague:

The end of 2003 brought the departures of two long-time and distinguished DTBE staff members. Rick O’Brien, MD, Chief, Clinical and Health Systems Research Branch, accepted a position with the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) after 33 years of service to the federal government. His last day with CDC was December 31, 2003. John Kuharik, senior public health advisor for Chicago, retired on January 2, 2004, after 31 years of service with CDC. Both made outstanding contributions to CDC and to public health and will be missed.

The Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (ACET) met on February 4 and 5 in Atlanta to discuss current TB control issues. The council heard summaries of the TB Behavioral and Social Science Research Forum and the Fourth Annual Border Binational Health Commission Meeting, both held in December. We reviewed the status of several documents, including the current correctional TB control guidelines, the Federal TB Task Force Plan, and the Strategic Plan for TB Education and Education.  In regard to the correctional TB control guidelines, ACET agreed with the recommendation of their Workgroup on Corrections to revise and update the current 1996 ACET guidelines “Prevention and control of tuberculosis in correctional facilities,” MMWR 1996; 45 (No. RR-8). The council also heard reports from the Association of Public Health Laboratories, the TB Education and Training Network, the ACET Workgroup on Foreign-born Persons, and the Global AIDS Program.

World TB Day 2004 — March 24 — was observed by many groups throughout the world. DTBE joined the Tuberculosis Control Section of the Georgia Division of Public Health in a March 24th World TB Day observance in Atlanta. The theme of the event was “TB Elimination: Now Is the Time!” David Satcher, MD, former Director of CDC and former Surgeon General of the United States, was the keynote speaker.  Dr. Satcher spoke on the topic of “TB Health Disparities in Fulton County.”  Representing DTBE in the program was Zachary Taylor, MD, Chief of the Field Services and Evaluation Branch of DTBE. 

This year’s National TB Controllers Association (NTCA) Workshop is planned for June 9 through 11, 2004, in Atlanta, Georgia, with preconference meetings to be held on June 8. This year’s theme is “Critical Partnerships for TB Elimination,” and will focus on the importance of the laboratory in TB control. Presentations and breakout sessions will highlight genotyping, new technology, and the collaborative activities of TB control programs and laboratories. Please note that the deadline for registration for the Workshop is May 28. I hope to see you there!

For those who are still not accustomed to DTBE’s new branch names, a table reflecting the old and new names is attached at the back of this issue.

Kenneth G. Castro, MD


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