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Saturday, September 12 • 11:20am - 12:05pm
It Takes a Team: Detecting and Responding to Tuberculosis Transmission Events in Healthcare Facilities

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Topic Overview: Tuberculosis (TB) transmission can and does occur in hospitals and other healthcare settings. TB investigations in these settings pose unique challenges and opportunities to detect and prevent TB. This presentation will review a large TB outbreak that was identified in a small community in California. Many healthcare workers were exposed and became infected with TB; four healthcare workers developed active TB disease linked to this outbreak. Working together with public health and infection control practitioners, occupational health providers are playing a key role in investigating TB transmission, identifying infected healthcare workers, developing appropriate ongoing plans for TB evaluation, and offering preventive treatment. The outbreak investigation methods, including the role of TB genotyping and whole genome sequencing, will be reviewed. The issue of visitors to healthcare facilities being potential sources of TB will also be discussed.


  1. Describe indications that TB transmission is occurring in a healthcare setting.
  2. Discuss methods for investigating and responding to a TB outbreak or other TB transmission events in a healthcare setting and potential data sources.
  3. Discuss short-course treatment regimens for TB infection.
  4. Describe strategies to enhance healthcare worker adherence to TB infection treatment in a setting of recent TB transmission. 

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Julie Vaishampayan, MD, MPH

Dr. Vaishampayan is the Assistant Health Officer for San Joaquin County, CA, overseeing TB and STD control and is the medical director for the public health clinic. Previously, she has worked at the California Department of Public Health and in local public health in Michigan. Dr... Read More →

Saturday September 12, 2015 11:20am - 12:05pm PDT
Grand Ballroom/Street Level

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