World TB Day 2017: Agents of Change

Today is World Tuberculosis Day. TB is the #1 infectious killer globally, well ahead of HIV and malaria. For World TB Day, a group of colleagues wrote an article about TB in health care workers. The article is entitled, “Agents of change: The role of healthcare workers in the prevention of nosocomial and occupational tuberculosis.” The article is available free until May 11. Please join us in this … Continue reading World TB Day 2017: Agents of Change

Thanks Iowa!

I enjoyed a delightful visit to Iowa City on Tuesday-Wednesday. One high point was a run along the tranquil Iowa River early in the morning. The weather was crisp and the atmosphere was quiet. Mike Edmond, Dan Dikema, Eli Perencevich, and their colleagues at the University of Iowa offered me warm hospitality. Excellent questions were asked about how to reduce nosocomial TB transmission. Thanks Iowa! Continue reading Thanks Iowa!

CDC Job Opportunity: TB Outbreak Team

If anyone is interested in joining the TB Outbreak investigations team at CDC, they have an opening for a “lateral reassignment” for a Commissioned Corps Medical Officer. The mission of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch (SEOIB) in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE)  at CDC in Atlanta, Georgia is to provide quality surveillance data to understand TB trends, assist public health partners in controlling ongoing … Continue reading CDC Job Opportunity: TB Outbreak Team

NIX regimen for XDR-TB

Today’s meeting in Cape Town was excellent. The focus of the discussion was on transmission of drug-resistant TB, with a focus on new regimens, palliative care and human rights. One interesting lecture was regarding the NIX regimen. So far this study has demonstrated excellent results for XDR-TB. One concern is the potential of Bedaquiline resistance. To be continued… We are flying to Johannesburg tonight and will be … Continue reading NIX regimen for XDR-TB

High Winds in Cape Town

Hello from Cape Town. It’s a warm, windy day and our tuberculosis meeting is going well. Today we are focused on the implementation of F-A-S-T in South Africa and Swaziland, to reduce nosocomial transmission of TB. The big news here is the weather. There were high winds yesterday and the Cape Town Cycle Tour  was cancelled. There were also raging fires in informal settlements and 9 … Continue reading High Winds in Cape Town

Off to South Africa

In a few hours I’m flying to South Africa. Next week will be spent in Cape Town and Pretoria working on our tuberculosis research. Hopefully I’ll have time to post some updates here. In the meantime, check out our new paper, Agents of change: The role of healthcare workers in the prevention of nosocomial and occupational tuberculosis. If you have trouble downloading it, please let me know … Continue reading Off to South Africa