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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 2, 2005

Division of Tuberculosis Elimination 2005 World TB Day Activities

Several DTBE senior staff members participated in a number of national World TB Day activities. On March 24, the Metropolitan Chicago Tuberculosis Coalition held a World TB Day observance; the theme of the event was “TB: Educate to Eliminate.” Representing DTBE on the program was Dr. Wanda Walton, Chief, Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch. 

The Hawaii State Tuberculosis Control Program and The Queen’s Medical Center, in partnership with The Queen Emma Clinic and the American Lung Association Hawaii Chapter, sponsored a lecture entitled “Introduction to QuantiFERON-TB Gold, A New Diagnostic Test for TB Infection.” Featured speakers included Dr. Gerald Mazurek, CDC Medical Officer-Epidemiologist, DTBE; Dr. James Rothel, Chief Scientific Officer/Executive Director, Cellestis Limited; and Dr. Jessie Wing, CDC Medical Officer and Chief, Hawaii State Tuberculosis Control Program.

Dr. Tom Navin, Chief, Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch, DTBE, spoke at the Grand Rounds, University Hospital, University of Missouri-Columbia. The topic was the TB Genotyping Program.

The Fort Wayne – Allen County Department of Health, Parkview Hospital, and the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program hosted a seminar entitled “Tuberculosis for the Frontline Provider,” presented by Dr. Philip Lobue from DTBE.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment hosted a continuing education program for health care professionals titled, “Opportunities to Eliminate TB: Lessons from Recent Kansas Cases.” Case presentations were made by leading state TB physicians and a key note address was presented by Dr. Zachary Taylor, Chief of the Field Service and Evaluation Branch of DTBE.

Dr. Kenneth Castro, Director, DTBE, participated in a teleconference hosted by the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development. This teleconference provided an overview on the launch of a New Drug Discovery Program by the TB Alliance in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline.

DTBE hosted a luncheon for CDC staff and guests on March 24 in observance of World TB Day. Please see the next article about the event.

On April 4, the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission convened a meeting to discuss the progress of the Binational Card Project. The meeting occurred in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Featured speakers were Dr. Kenneth G. Castro and Dr. Oscar Velásquez, Director General, Centro Nacional de Vigilancia Epidemiológica, Secretaría de Salud.

An article titled “Tuberculosis – United States, 2004” appeared in the March 18 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). This article presents provisional TB case and rate data reported for 2004. The article also discusses CDC’s efforts in addressing the high rates of TB among foreign-born persons and blacks in the United States. A front-page box about the history and importance of World TB Day also appears on the cover of the March 18 MMWR.

DTBE added a 2005 World TB Day section to its website that may be visited at The World TB Day section features a page with the history of World TB Day and its importance today, a page featuring the materials mentioned above (and other TB educational materials), and an activities page that features an interactive map of World TB Day activities around the United States. 

DTBE and the National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) also created a 2005 World TB Day section on the NPIN website that contains information about World TB Day and various TB-related materials. The NPIN World TB Day section may be visited at The 2005 World TB Day sections of the DTBE and NPIN websites will remain available throughout the year.

In addition, the CDC website home page and the CDC en Espanol home page featured a World TB Day "Spotlite" during the weeks of March 14 and 21.

To assist TB controllers and other partners throughout the United States in their TB elimination efforts, a variety of updated World TB Day materials for use in local efforts were produced and distributed. These updated materials, available for order at, include:

  • A variety of World TB Day posters.
  • “TB Elimination: Now Is the Time” brochure.  This brochure contains key messages about TB not being a disease of the past, the consequences of neglecting TB control programs, and what must be done to finish the job of eliminating TB in the United States.
  • “A Global Perspective on Tuberculosis” fact sheet. This fact sheet contains historical information on World TB Day, the impact of TB worldwide, and global TB data.
  • “Tuberculosis in Minorities” fact sheet. This fact sheet discusses the disproportionate burden of TB in minorities and factors likely to contribute to this burden.
  • “Tuberculosis in Blacks” fact sheet. This fact sheet presents TB morbidity rates for black non-Hispanic persons in the United States. These data emphasize the need to eliminate TB and to focus on preventing and controlling TB in this minority group.

Reported by Scott McCoy, M.Ed.
Div of TB Elimination


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