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TB Notes 2, 2002

The DTBE Outbreak Evaluation Unit

The Outbreak Evaluation Unit (OEU) has met weekly since January 11, 2001, as chartered in the DTBE Outbreak Response Plan and has proven helpful in coordinating the outbreak responses of the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch (SEB) and the Field Services Branch (FSB) to states, counties, and cities. The members comprise staff from FSB, SEB, and the Office of the Director (OD). The recently developed Report of TB Transmission (RTT) can originate from a Duty Officer call, from a call to SEB or FSB, or from information provided to a program consultant. The OEU received 30 reports of suspected TB transmission during calendar year 2001 and provided feedback to all 30 of the affected jurisdictions.† For four states, the OEU recommended an epi-aid on-site assessment. On three occasions, the OEU recommended assigning a public health advisor from FSB to go on site. Through the discussions of these investigations and the related findings and recommendations, the state, local, and CDC personnel involved were all provided valuable training opportunities. In 13 instances, when the RTT report did not lead to on-site assistance, the OEU recommendations were discussed with state TB programs by an epidemiologist from SEB. Technical recommendations were also communicated through the program consultants.

DTBE, in collaboration with the Epidemiology Program Office of CDC, seeks opportunities to assign Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officers to investigate TB outbreaks and other unanticipated events. These joint investigations (e.g., epi-aids) contribute to local, state, and national skills building in epidemiology. The investigations also form a foundation for procuring emergency federal funds from DTBE for outbreak containment. To report a potential outbreak to OEU, please notify your program consultant at (404) 639-8126.

óReported by Joseph Scavotto,
Deputy Chief, FSB and Chairman, OEU;
John Jereb, MD, Medical Officer, FSB; and
Wyndham Reed, MPA, Program Analyst, FSB


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