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New Guidelines for Latent Tuberculosis Prevention and Control

During a special webinar on May 30, tuberculosis prevention and control staff will discuss the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent guidelines regarding LTBI.
New Guidelines for Latent Tuberculosis Prevention and Control

Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Photo courtesy David Russell/National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

During a special webinar on May 30, tuberculosis prevention and control staff will discuss the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent guidelines regarding LTBI.

May 9, 2012

Although the number of reported tuberculosis cases in the United States has steadily declined over the past 20 years, communicable disease specialists must conduct continuous surveillance to prevent and control outbreaks. Finding and treating Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) cases (people who are exposed to the bacteria but asymptomatic) is challenging since these individuals may not know to seek treatment.

During a Special Bulletin Webinar on Wednesday, May 30 from noon to 1:00 p.m. (PDT), tuberculosis prevention and control staff from the Washington State Department of Health, Kitsap Public Health District, and Public Health - Seattle & King County will discuss the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent guidelines regarding LTBI. This presentation will feature case scenarios to assist in a facilitated discussion of screening and treatment options.

Register now to learn about diagnostics, treatment options, directly observed therapy guidelines, and a cost analysis of three drug regimens.

Latent Tuberculosis: Diagnostics and Treatment

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2012, noon to 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

Target Audiences

  • Local and state public health practitioners
  • Public health nurses
  • Local health jurisdiction tuberculosis programs
  • Tribal health providers

Presenters

Dr. Scott Lindquist is the Health Officer and Director of the Kitsap Public Health District in Washington and serves as the Tuberculosis Medical Consultant for the Washington State Department of Health. Since 2001, he has worked as a pediatrician and public health officer at the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Medical Clinic. Lindquist completed his medical training at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, his residency in pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Masa Narita has directed the Tuberculosis Control Program for Public Health - Seattle & King County since 2002. He is also an associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington and serves on the federal advisory council for the elimination of tuberculosis.

Sheanne Allen received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. From 2005 to 2011 she served as the Tuberculosis Education Promotion Consultant for the Washington State Department of Health. In 2011, Sheanne became the Tuberculosis Controller for the State of Washington and now directs the planning, implementation, and evaluation of program activities.

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