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December 2009 • Vol. 4 • Issue 8
TB and Influenza

Influenza and TB Deaths: A Look Back to 1918

The influenza season is again upon us. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "many people do not have immune protection against this new and very different 2009 H1N1 virus, which has spread worldwide quickly and has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO)." Scientists believe the 2009 H1N1 virus - along with regular seasonal viruses - will cause illness, hospital stays, and deaths this flu season in the United States. There is concern the 2009 H1N1 virus may cause the season to be worse than a regular flu season - with a lot more people getting sick, being hospitalized and dying than during a regular flu season.

So why an article about influenza in a tuberculosis publication? Read more...

Update from the Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium

Task Order 4: Models for Incorporating HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral into TB Contact Investigations.

In 2006, after study completion, CDC recommended routine provision (without separate written consent) of HIV testing to all TB suspects, patients, and contacts unless they specifically refuse testing (i.e., the opt-out strategy) and eliminated requirements for prevention counseling in healthcare settings. This recommendation change along with the new availability of cost-effective rapid HIV tests (results available in 20 minutes), some of which do not require phlebotomy, make HIV testing easier and less costly to implement. Read more...

It is official:  SNTC has moved...

SNTC's new building

On December 7th, 2009, the SNTC moved to a new location on the University of Florida's campus. The SNTC joined other University faculty and staff housed in the new Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) building. Please make sure to update your contact information for us! Our new address is: 

Mailing Address:
Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center
University of Florida College of Medicine
PO Box 103600, Gainesville, FL 32610-3600

Shipping Address:
Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center
University of Florida College of Medicine
2055 Mowry Road, Gainesville FL 32611

Telephone: 352-273-7682
Toll-free: 888-265-7682
FAX: 352-273-9275

SNTC email:

Physician Promises Consumption Cure...

SNTC staff members are reviewing historical archived materials at
the A. G. Holley State Hospital. While reviewing some old files, a
number of interesting advertisements were discovered from the end
of the 19th Century. Over the next several months, Close Contact
will share some of them with our readers. We hope you will enjoy
them and realize how far we have come.

archived consumption ad

Upcoming Training Events

February 2- 3, 2010
TB Program Management Course
Fairfax, Virginia.  More info >>

March 1-4, 2010
Comprehensive Clinical TB Course  
A.G. Holley Hospital, Lantana, Florida. More info >>

March 5, 2010
Tuberculin Skin Test Train-the-Trainer  
A.G. Holley Hospital, Lantana, Florida. More info >>

April 14, 2010 - Save the Date!
Interferon Gamma Release Assays (IGRAs):
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Grand Rounds and Webinar

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Central Office at the University of Florida
1329 SW 16th Street, Room 5174, Gainesville FL 32608
Telephone 352-265-7682
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The Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center is one of four Regional Training and Medical Consultation Centers (RTMCCs) funded by the CDC. The SNTC seeks to address the training, education, medical consultation, and technical assistance needs of healthcare providers and TB programs in 11 southeastern states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.