TB transmission meeting in Washington DC

I’m in Washington DC today for a TB transmission meeting. Whole genome sequencing is clearly changing our work. However, the fundamentals of TB control still apply. You need to find all TB cases and contacts, diagnose them rapidly, and cure them, to reduce ongoing transmission.

In addition, I’ve been thinking a lot about the social determinants of health. Why do Americans catch TB in homeless shelters while billionaires control our political system? Why do people die from TB in Brazilian prisons? Why do adolescents catch TB in overcrowded schools? Why aren’t lifesaving UVGI fixtures installed in hospitals and homeless shelters?

Technology is not going to save us. We need to save ourselves. We need a global movement to end TB transmission.

Here some relevant articles:

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