FAST implementation in Bangladesh: high frequency of unsuspected TB justifies challenges of scale-up

Check out our research group’s new paper, where we analyze operational data and discuss the challenges of implementing FAST (Find cases Actively, Separate safely and Treat effectively) as a TB transmission control strategy in Bangladesh. Continue reading FAST implementation in Bangladesh: high frequency of unsuspected TB justifies challenges of scale-up

Soura Bhattacharyya Co-founder & CEO, Lattice Innovations

Today, I am featuring a brief interview with Soura Bhattacharyya, who is doing important work on TB transmission. Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born in Kolkata and grew up in Delhi. Once I finished high school (in Delhi), I  have been moving somewhat routinely – during undergrad, work, grad school, and thereafter. Post high school, the my longest … Continue reading Soura Bhattacharyya Co-founder & CEO, Lattice Innovations

Airborne Infection Control Course, 7/31 – 8/11/17

Our TB transmission research team is pleased to again offer the summer course, Building Design and Engineering Approaches to Airborne Infection Control, July 31–  August 11, in Boston, MA.  Geared toward building global capacity in engineering, architecture and health care, the course draws upon diverse faculty expertise and the rich resources of Boston’s Longwood Medical Community to provide a unique training experience.  For more information, click the … Continue reading Airborne Infection Control Course, 7/31 – 8/11/17

Whole-genome sequencing identifies nosocomial transmission of extra-pulmonary MTB

Hospital infection control practice reflects the working assumption that extra pulmonary TB is not considered infectious. A recent case report from Oxford, UK described how whole-genome sequencing identified the nosocomial transmission of extra-pulmonary MTB infection. The patient had “an immune reconstitution like-syndrome with suppurating lymph nodes requiring daily dressing whilst remaining culture positive for 3 weeks.” Aerosol generation during dressing changes was most likely the source of the TB … Continue reading Whole-genome sequencing identifies nosocomial transmission of extra-pulmonary MTB

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!