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The CTCA 2020 Conference, now 2 free 2-hour zoom mtgs, Nov 12th 1-3 PST & Nov 17th 9-11 PST. Register by Nov 6th. (posted 9/24/20)

The new CTCA Executive Committee made it their top priority to bring the CA TB community together to focus on TB and connect with each other during this extended emergency COVID-19 response. We are excited to announce that we will host two opportunities to gather in November.  The first is on Thursday, November 12th (1-3PM PST), with two hours of educational content. The second is on Tuesday, November 17th (9-11AM PST), with a two hour Fall TB Controllers Meeting. I’ll send an Outlook invitation for both meetings to add to your calendars. Both meetings are free.  You must register to attend by 11/6/20. The registration form is on the bottom of the event page on ctca.org. The connection information will be sent to all registered on 11/6.

On November 12th (1-3 PM PST) we’ll share two hours from our planned 2020 Spring Conference opening plenary session: Our state TB epidemiology update, California, TB Elimination Landscape, presented by leaders from the California Department of Public Health TB Control Branch, followed by an innovative TB elimination strategy presented by Jacek Skarbinski, MD, at Kaiser Permanente, Northern California, Moving TB prevention cascade forward in a large primary care setting.

Two hours of CMEs/CEUs will be available for those who attend the full program on November 12th and complete the evaluation that will be emailed to those registered by 11/6/20. This evaluation must be completed by 11/27.

We are excited to come together and focus on TB during this ongoing COVID-19 response. We hope you will be able to join us. Again, there is no cost to attend either of these meetings, and all are welcome. You must pre-register. The deadline for registration is 11/6/20.

TB and COVID-19 (posted 8/24/20)

Tuberculosis (TB) and COVID-19, a growing concern, July 28, 2020

While we focus on the new threat, an old one may be gaining strength. With medical providers focusing on COVID-19 and patients delaying care, infectious disease experts in California are concerned that TB is going undiagnosed. Concerns are growing that TB could be spreading among those with COVID-19, undetected. When HIV/AIDS emerged in the U.S., TB surged in those communities heavily impacted.

TB has been with us for over 9,000 years, and it is estimated that one third of the world’s population is living with latent TB infection (LTBI). Approximately 2.4 million Californians are currently living with LTBI. People can live with LTBI for years, even decades before developing TB disease.

LTBI is not contagious and is much easier to treat than TB disease. Treating LTBI before people get sick with TB disease and spread TB in their communities is a new focus of TB experts in the U.S.

Each year more than 2,000 people are diagnosed with TB disease in California. TB disease is both preventable and curable, and yet people still die with TB. Approximately 10% of people with TB disease in California, died with TB.

Dr. Robert Benjamin, longtime CTCA member and dedicated TB MD in California, suggested a new slogan for TB care and prevention staff in public health departments, now focusing on COVID-19: Not All Coughs Are COVID. We want to urge the medical community and the general public to remember that one third of the world’s population is infected with TB, and Not All Coughs Are COVID.

Know the risks for TB. If you have one, contact your medical provider to be tested. If you have a positive TB test, talk with your medical provider about taking a short course drug treatment to prevent TB disease. You are not just protecting yourself, you are protecting the future of your family and those around you.

We can’t forget about TB. It doesn’t forget about us.

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