TB Notes Newsletter
No. 2, 2007
and OUTBREAK INVESTIGATIONS
The Report of Verified Case of Tuberculosis (RVCT) is the national
TB surveillance form. Data from the RVCT are used to create the
DTBE Annual Surveillance Report and to monitor national TB trends.
The last major revision of the RVCT was in 1993. Since that time,
the epidemiology of TB has changed in terms of risk factors, new
drug treatments, and enhanced laboratory capacity for diagnostic
In 2001, DTBE initiated a comprehensive review of existing variables
and instructions for the RVCT. A DTBE-sponsored work group with
nearly 30 members from CDC, 15 TB programs, and the National TB
Controllers Association (NTCA) convened a series of 26 conference
calls to draft the next revision to the RVCT. The group collaborated
to consider variable additions, deletions, and revisions based on
surveillance significance, ease of data collection, and ability
to yield meaningful and useful data. The revision also benefited
from review and consultation with TB experts active in research
and field services.
The RVCT revision work group finalized their working draft in December
2006 and forwarded the draft to DTBE in January 2007. There was
broad consensus on which variables and which instructions should
be revised, with a few remaining issues for which DTBE guidance
was requested. DTBE is currently reviewing the draft and making
final suggestions prior to sharing the draft with partners. In March
2007, the draft was made available for review by the Advisory Council
for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (ACET), NTCA, TB Controllers,
Surveillance Coordinators, and other stakeholders. Partners will
provide feedback on the revision and DTBE will make final decisions
based on comments. The RVCT revision will be field-tested and must
be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance
process by October 2007.
—Reported by Carla Winston, PhD
Div of TB Elimination
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10th Semiannual Meeting of the TB Epidemiologic
The 10th Semiannual Meeting of the TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium
(TBESC) convened on January 24-25 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The primary
purpose of the TBESC is to conduct epidemiologic, behavioral, economic,
laboratory, and operational research in TB prevention and control.
Over 110 persons participated in the meeting. Attendees included
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff, TBESC principal
investigators, project coordinators, and project specific personnel.
This meeting had a more research oriented focus than previous meetings
with scientific presentations and discussions on research topics
that were identified as a top priority by TBESC. In addition, consortium
members and CDC staff gave updates on the status of ongoing TBESC
research projects and activities. Administrative and fiscal issues
were also discussed.
Participants heard presentations from CDC staff, TBESC members,
and invited guests on a broad array of topics that included--
- TB in foreign-born persons
- Effects of diabetes on tuberculosis
- TB in African Americans
- Administrative and fiscal updates on consortium-related activities
- Update on the Semiannual Tuberculosis Advisory Review (STAR)
- Updates from the Process Evaluation, Publications and Presentations,
External Relations, and Research Committees.
The 10th semiannual meeting represents the midway point or 5 years
of the TBESC. This is a very exciting time for the consortium with
a number of its studies in the data analysis phase and others beginning
to report results and describe implications for TB programs.
For more information on the TBESC.
—Reported by Indhira Gnanasekaran, MPA
TBESC Project Manager
Div of TB Elimination
Released October 2008
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