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
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
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 www.cdc.gov/nchstp/tb/WorldTBDay/2005/resources.htm. 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 www.cdcnpin.org/scripts/spotlight/spot_wtd05.asp.
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
- 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