RePORT Meeting day 2: We travel back to BMC

This morning we were back at the Marriott in Newton for day two of the inaugural RePORT meeting. I took the Green Line out to the Riverside station and a quick hotel shuttle brought me to the Marriott. It actually is possible to live without a car in the Boston area! Today’s morning lecturers included the following individuals: Steve Reed from IDRA talked about developmental … Continue reading RePORT Meeting day 2: We travel back to BMC

The RePORT Meeting- some concerning news

Today, several colleagues and I drove out to the Boston Newton Marriott Hotel next to the Charles River and Brandeis University. The occasion was the RePORT tuberculosis meeting organized by Professor Jerry Ellner from BMC. In a chilly basement conference room, a group of distinguished researchers primarily from the US and India were gathering.  The sessions ranged from basic science to surveillance/ epidemiology. I think … Continue reading The RePORT Meeting- some concerning news

Tips on treating mycobacterial disease

Today I’m laid up with a viral illness so I decided to write a brief blog post for clinicians with some tips for treating mycobacterial diseases (tuberculosis, MAC, and other NTMs). For NTM, get familiar with the ATS/IDSA guidelines. Drug susceptibility testing is key. For tuberculosis that is done at the State public health lab. For NTM, it is either done at National Jewish in Denver or at the University of Texas (Tyler). They will send you … Continue reading Tips on treating mycobacterial disease

A tale of two global emergencies…

Today I want to bring attention to an excellent article that my friend and collaborator Dr. Ruvandhi Nathavitharana and her coauthor Jon Friedland have published, entitled, “A tale of two global emergencies: tuberculosis control efforts can learn from the Ebola outbreak.” In it, she describes the neglect of infection control and resulting health care worker infections from Ebola and TB. Ruvandhi calls for “sustained political commitment and community engagement” … Continue reading A tale of two global emergencies…

Mapping tuberculosis in Vitória, Brazil

A new article was just published in CID about TB in Vitória, Brazil. I’ve never been to Brazil but have been interested in the country since I started working in Mozambique (they share the Portuguese language). Vitória is a medium-sized city located about 500 km north of Rio de Janeiro. The TB incidence in Vitória is slightly higher than Brazil’s overall burden (51 cases/100,000 population). In this article, the authors performed genotyping of TB isolates and geospatial analysis (i.e. … Continue reading Mapping tuberculosis in Vitória, Brazil

The end of the Airborne Infection Course

The Airborne Infection Control course at the Harvard School of Public Health is coming to an end after two enjoyable weeks. We learned a lot about mechanical and natural ventilation, UVGI, F-A-S-T, and many other important topics.  One of the biggest challenges we face in TB infection control is how to measure impact. Process indicators are useful for administrative TB IC activities, but we have a hard … Continue reading The end of the Airborne Infection Course

Airborne Infection Control Course at HSPH

For two weeks I am participating in a course at the Harvard School of Public Health entitled “Building Design and Engineering Approaches to Airborne Infection Control.” The course is a collaborative endeavor between Harvard, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Partners and Health, and the Mass Design Group. We have an energetic group of students from around the world. The course is focused on engineering and architectural approaches to reducing … Continue reading Airborne Infection Control Course at HSPH