TB Notes Newsletter
No. 3, 2006
EIS Conference a Success for DTBE
The 55th annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)
Conference was held in Atlanta April 24–28, 2006. Every year
this conference serves as a robust mix of scientific presentations
by current EIS Officers and recruitment activities for the incoming
class of EIS Officers. Members of the incoming class spend the week
meeting with representatives of programs throughout CDC, interviewing
with programs that interest them, and then being matched to a program
for their 2-year assignment.
Every year, DTBE actively promotes the work of its current EIS
Officers and recruits from the new class. This year’s conference
was a big success on both counts for DTBE.
regards to the presentations, the six current DTBE EIS Officers
had eight abstracts accepted for presentation. Five were presented
during this year’s TB session, “TB or Not TB? That Is
the Question,” moderated by DTBE Director Kenneth G. Castro,
MD. The session was well attended with standing room only.
Presentations included summaries of a number of the TB-related epidemiologic
investigations that were conducted recently in collaboration with
our TB control partners in state and local health departments, and
in international settings.
Three papers were presented outside the TB session. Kevin Cain,
MD, presented one of his investigations during the opening session
moderated by CDC Director Julie Gerberding, MD. Sekai Chideya, MD,
presented her work during the Wednesday poster session, and Eric
Pevzner, PhD, presented one of his investigations during the Late-Breaker
session, “The Latest and Greatest,” moderated by EIS
Director Douglas Hamilton, MD. Additionally, Shona Dalal, PhD, EIS
Officer assigned to the Global AIDS Program (GAP), presented results
from an investigation conducted in Nairobi that was supported by
both DTBE and GAP. The tuberculosis presentations are listed below.
Rana Jawad Asghar, MD, an officer assigned to the Surveillance,
Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch, DTBE, presented
“Tuberculosis Outbreak Investigation in a Crack House Reveals
Limited Use of Traditional Contact Investigation Methods—Miami,
Kevin Cain, MD, an officer assigned to the International
Research and Programs Branch, DTBE, presented both “An Evidence-Based
Approach to Improving Tuberculosis Screening in Persons with HIV
Infection—Cambodia, 2005," and "Retrospective Cohort
Study of the Impact of Surgery on Treatment Outcomes among Multidrug-Resistant
Tuberculosis Patients—Latvia, 1997–2002."
Sekai Chedeya, MD, an officer assigned to the International
Research and Programs Branch, DTBE, presented “Use of Classification
and Regression Tree (CART) Analysis to Develop a Diagnostic Decision
Tree to Detect Tuberculosis among Sputum Smear-Negative HIV-Infected
Persons in Botswana.”
Shona Dalal, PhD, an officer assigned to the Global AIDS
Program, presented “Risk for Tuberculosis Among Staff at a
Nairobi Hospital: The Price of Serving the Community—Kenya,
Michele Hlavsa, RN, MPH, an officer assigned to the Surveillance,
Epidemiology and Outbreak Investigations Branch, DTBE, presented
“Uninterrupted Mycobacterium tuberculosis Transmission in
a Rural Community—Indiana.”
Eric Pevzner, PhD, an officer assigned to the International
Research and Programs Branch, DTBE, presented both “Evaluation
of Access to and Acceptance of HIV Testing Among Patients with Tuberculosis—Rwanda,
2005,” and “Tuberculosis Outbreak Among People Using
Methamphetamines— Snohomish County, Washington, 2005–2006.”
Sarita Shah, MD, an officer assigned to the International
Research and Programs Branch, DTBE, presented "Extensively
Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR TB): Global Survey of Supranational
Reference Laboratories for Mycobacterium tuberculosis with Resistance
to Second-line Drugs."
Awards were presented to Kevin Cain, MD, and Kashef Ijaz, MD.
Kevin was awarded the Paul C. Schnitker International Award for
having made a significant contribution to international public health.
Kashef was awarded the Philip S. Brachman Award for contributions
that have made an important difference to the health, welfare, and
happiness of the EIS officers and the EIS program. Since 2000, Dr.
Ijaz has mentored numerous EIS officers during tuberculosis outbreak
In the meeting’s recruitment activities, DTBE was successful
in matching two new EIS Officers to assignments in the Division.
Dr. Heather Lynch (soon to be Menzies) will be joining the International
Research and Programs Branch, and Dr. Ann M. Buff will be joining
the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch.
Please see the Personnel Notes section of this issue for more information
about these two new officers. They will arrive in July
and August 2006 and join Drs. Michele Hlavsa, Eric Pevzner,
and Sekai Chedeya to give the division five EIS Officers.
Reported by John Oeltmann, PhD
Div of TB Elimination