Each year, the CDC recognizes World TB Day on March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB).
World TB Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of TB around the world. It is a day to share successes in TB prevention and control, and raise awareness of the challenges that hinder our progress toward the elimination of this devastating disease.
Staff from the TB Control Program hosted a polycom on Friday March 22nd from 12-2pm in lieu of World TB Day. This year, our focus was on Contact Investigation.
To view powerpoint presentations used in the polycom, view the following:
*The polycom recording will be available by Wednesday March 27th; it can be accessed here via VPN in the meantime*
Spreading the Word!
Information Board by Connie Dennis-Booker, RN, MSN
Petersburg Health Department, Crater Health District, is helping to spread the word of TB & LTBI for World TB Day with this exciting information-board. Raising awareness is a crucial factor in the work towards elimination, so taking advantage of opportunities like this is a great way to inform and fight back against TB & LTBI! Way to go Connie Dennis-Booker and Crater Health District!
Central Shenandoah Health District Nurses Honor their Patients
Waynesboro Health Department nurses were featured on the Center for Disease Control's facebook page. The team consists of: (From left to right) Sonia Gwaneza, Community Outreach Worker; Aubree Moore, RN, Supervisor; Sharon O'Dell, RN, Public Health Nurse; and Tylar Marcum, RN, Public Health Nurse. Thank you ladies for fighting to end the stigma around TB!