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April 2010 • Vol. 5 • Issue 2
Special Report: CDC Division of TB Elimination Announces Launch of TB GIMS

The National Tuberculosis Genotyping Service (NTGS) started in 2004 when state laboratories from all TB programs in the United States voluntarily started submitting Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates from culture-confirmed patients to two CDC-contracted laboratories in Michigan and California. TB genotyping is a laboratory-based approach used to analyze the genetic material (e.g., DNA) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The total genetic content is referred to as the genome. Specific sections of the M. tuberculosis genome form distinct genetic patterns that help distinguish different strains of M. tuberculosis. Since 2004, use of TB genotyping results has significantly improved our understanding of TB transmission. Read more...

(Reprinted with permission from the TBeat, the Heartland National TB Center's newsletter)

Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC)

Close Contact periodically provides highlights from completed studies and related activities of the TBESC.  This month's featured study, Task Order 6: Regional Capacity-Building in Low-Incidence Areas in the United States, focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating regional tools for TB control and elimination in low-incidence areas. The project area included four states meeting the eligibility criteria--Utah, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Read more...

The cure for tuberculosis has been found!

"Antidotum Tuberculose" or the Copper Cure is available from the Kalamazoo Tuberculosis Remedy Company. Just write a letter to Michigan and this valuable product can be yours. Read more...

Upcoming Training Events

April 14, 2010 - Archived webinar available soon.
Interferon Gamma Release Assays (IGRAs): Yesterday,
Today and Tomorrow

Grand Rounds and Webinar
Presented by Phil LoBue, MD, FACP, FCCP, with public health applications and comments provided by Thomas Dobbs, MD, MPH, and Michael Stacey, MD.

April 14, 2010 - Archived webinar available soon.
TB Morbidity and Mortality Review (M&M)

On-Site at AG Holley and via Webinar
Join healthcare staff at A.G. Holley (AGH) State Hospital as they conduct a quarterly review of some of their most complex and challenging cases of patients with TB who were hospitalized at AGH.

Keep checking the SNTC website ( for these two archived webinars. Previous webinars are available for accessing and CE credits are available for the majority.

April 27, 2010
Arresting TB: Best Practices for Controlling TB in Corrections
Oxford, Mississippi.
(Course is full; registration is now closed.)

April 29, 2010
Arresting TB: Best Practices for Controlling TB in Corrections 

Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
(Course is full; registration is now closed.)

May 11-13, 2010
South Carolina TB Program Management Course
Hickory Knob State Park, McCormick, South Carolina.
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June 6-10, 2010
Comprehensive Clinical TB Course  

A.G. Holley Hospital, Lantana, Florida. More info >>

June 11, 2010
Tuberculin Skin Test Train-the-Trainer Course 
A.G. Holley Hospital, Lantana, Florida. More info >>

September 13-16, 2010
Comprehensive Clinical TB Course 
A.G. Holley Hospital, Lantana, Florida. More info >>

September 17, 2010
Tuberculin Skin Test Train-the-Trainer Course 

A.G. Holley Hospital, Lantana, Florida. More info >>

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