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March 2009 · Vol. 4 · Issue 2
World TB Day

The Many Faces of TB

Foreign-born bear burden of TB in U.S. 

Natchway TB day photo

For those of us in the Southeastern United States, we are increasingly reminded of the changing faces of those affected by TB. Although the faces continue to represent all ages, they are increasingly faces of color, those who are foreign-born, and those who are the most disenfranchised and impoverished.

Recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2008 data from the National TB Surveillance System confirm this recognition. "Foreign-born persons and racial/ethnic minorities continued to bear a disproportionate burden of TB disease in the United States. In 2008, TB rates in foreign-born persons in the United States were 10 times higher than in U.S.-born persons." The report says "the proportion of TB cases contributed by foreign-born persons has increased each year since 1993. This is a reflection of the high rates of TB in countries of origin for U.S. immigrants." In 2007, 28 states reported >50% of the TB cases were among foreign-born persons. Read more >>

Natchway TB day 2

This World TB Day let us not focus on the faceless global statistics, but on the individual lives ravaged by this disease. As James Nachtwey's compelling photographs remind us, the threat of XDR is a very real one and the status quo for TB diagnosis and treatment is unacceptable, both in the U.S. and internationally. Let us galvanize our energies and efforts to stop the spread of this disease.

TB is Everywhere

This World TB Day, remember that the world is indeed very, very small and that TB anywhere, is TB everywhere!

world tb day slogansThe two themes identified for this year's World TB campaigns are a continuation of the themes launched in 2008. For the Stop TB Partnership, the theme "I am stopping TB" reminds all of us that we need to do our part in the battle against TB. In the United States, "Partnerships for TB Elimination" reminds us that, although we must all do our individual part, we are stronger working in partnership with others. We at the STNC recognize just how important these partnerships are and are grateful for the partnerships we are developing with each of you. Thank you for the work that you do and for your commitment to stopping TB!

Upcoming Training Events

April 15, 2009
The Art and Science of Laboratory Diagnosis of TB
A Clinical Web-based Opportunity. A recent assessment of laboratory training and education needs revealed that there was significant interest and need in the southeast region for additional training regarding Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAATs), different culture methods and procedures, indentification of M. tuberculosis complex and other mycobacterial species, and first-line and second-line drug susceptibility testing. The results of this assessment revealed that the southeast region wanted a better understanding of the purpose, procedures and availability as well as the interpretation and use of these tests. This Grand Rounds presentation, The Art and Science of Laboratory Diagnosis of TB, will address some of these training needs and provide a foundation for a more accurate, comprehensive, and practical understanding of the TB laboratory.
(10:00 am - 11:30 am EST) More info >>

TB Morbidity and Mortality
Clinical Web-based Conference, More info >>

April 23-24
Clinical Update
Montgomery, Alabama

April 29, 2009
Overview of Contact Investigation
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, More info >>

May 1, 2009
Overview of Contact Investigation
Grenada, Mississippi, More info >>

May 1-2, 2009
Regional HIV Conference - co-sponsored with AETC
Orlando, Florida, More info >>

May 12-14, 2009
TB Program Management Course
Raleigh, North Carolina, More info >>

June 1-4, 2009
Comprehensive Clinical TB Course
A.G. Holley Hospital, Lantana, Florida, More info >>

June 5, 2009
Tuberculin Skin Test Train-the-Trainer Course
A.G. Holley Hospital, Lantana, Florida, More info >>

The SNTC is doing our part to Stop TB: our team is growing! 

Joan Mangan, PhD, MST has joined the SNTC as a Research Assistant Professor. We are thrilled to have her join us as she brings an amazing amount of experience and expertise in TB research and evaluation, education and training, and work in the international TB arena. Joan has her PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Health Education and Behavior but was initially trained as a laboratorian and has worked in a number of clinical settings! She most recently was a faculty member at the UAB's Lung Health Center, where the SNTC partnered with her to develop the Country Guides. That work will continue and expand now that she is with the SNTC but her primary role will be to develop and coordinate a TB research agenda by working with UF faculty as well as others throughout the University who have an interest in TB.

Charles Peloquin, Pharm D., has joined the University of Florida faculty with joint appointments in the Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI), the College of Pharmacy and the College of Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Peloquin directed the Infectious Disease Pharmacokinetics Laboratory, located at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Peloquin's clinical focus is the treatment of patients with serious infections, including tuberculosis, HIV and fungal infections and his research interests focus on the development of new drugs and new multi-drug regimens for the successful treatment of TB and other mycobacterial infections.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Mangan and Dr. Peloquin!

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