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Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 26, 2007  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Fisher, (502) 564-6786  


Tuberculosis Management Seminar Slated for November

It’s time to learn more about the latest developments in tuberculosis management, how to better educate the public and what’s going on in the medical community.

The Kentucky Tuberculosis Control Program, part of the Department for Public Health, is planning its 12th Annual Kentucky Tuberculosis Management Seminar. The theme for this year is “TB Control: Seizing Educational and Clinical Opportunities.” 

The seminar will be Nov. 28-29 at the Galt House in Louisville. All health care providers, nursing home and long-term care facility administrators, jailers and others with an interest in prevention and management of this communicable disease are encouraged to attend.

 “We’re fortunate in Kentucky that we see very few active tuberculosis cases each year because we have diligent public health employees, health care providers and other stakeholders who keep up-to-date on tuberculosis news and developments,” said William Hacker, M.D., acting undersecretary for health and public health commissioner. “The annual seminar gives us an excellent opportunity to update clinicians on current best practices for identification and treatment of tuberculosis, as well as a thorough review of various topics that pertain to public health and disease education and prevention.”

Nationally known keynote speakers will include Michael Iseman, M.D., from National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, who will present about extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), and David Ashkin, M.D., medical director of the A.G. Holley Tuberculosis Hospital in Florida, who will lead a breakout session for physicians on “Clinical Case Consultations.” Several Kentucky health care providers and public health officials and speakers from the Southeast National Tuberculosis Center will also address conference attendees on a variety of topics. 

The conference agenda and other information about registration are available online at http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/tb.htm. Registration is required for the seminar at a cost of $25, and continuing education contact hours will be offered. Registration is available via the TRAIN network at https://ky.train.org.

The TB program is authorized by statute to coordinate TB control activities in the state. These activities are designed to render and maintain as non-infectious all individuals who have TB disease; to ensure non-infected people do not become infected; and to ensure individuals who are infected but who do not have TB disease remain non-infectious.

The event is not limited to Kentucky health care providers. Interested health care providers and others located outside Kentucky are welcome to attend the seminar.



 

Last Updated 9/26/2007