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TB Notes 2, 2003

UPDATE FROM THE LABORATORY

4th National Conference on Laboratory Aspects of Tuberculosis

On December 10-13, 2002, mycobacteriology laboratorians gathered in San Francisco, California, for the Fourth National Conference on Laboratory Aspects of Tuberculosis. The Association of Public Health Laboratories and CDC sponsored the meeting, which was attended by approximately 200 persons representing state and city public health laboratories, federal agencies, hospital clinical laboratories, and international laboratories interested in TB laboratory issues.

The conference focused on critical technical and programmatic issues of clinical and public health laboratory practice, including quality assurance, delivery of optimal TB laboratory services in response to the changing epidemiology of TB in the United States, and the applications and impact of new technologies and recommendations for drug susceptibility testing. Highlights of the workshop included a session on international collaboration featuring a presentation on the WHO/International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (IUATLD) recommendations for TB laboratory services by Armand van Duen from the Insititute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium and presentations on international consulting experiences by Yvonne Hale (Florida), Ken Jost (Texas), and John Ridderhof (CDC). The participants also enjoyed a presentation from Tanya Oemig, Wisconsin Department of Health, about the perspectives of TB laboratory testing from a TB controller. Participants also were able to share and discuss information at the poster session and the vendor exhibits.

—Reported by Beverly Metchock, Dr.P.H.
National Center for Infectious Diseases

 


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