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March 24 is World TB Day

Wednesday, March 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
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A Letter from the Florida Department of Health in Duval County:

Dear Medical Providers:

On March 24, 1882, Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the cause of Tuberculosis (TB), and this led the way for diagnosing and curing TB. March 24th has been designated World TB Day recognizing this special day in both medicine and science.

The theme of World TB Day 2016 is "End TB."

Although TB in the United States has significantly lower numbers compared to developing countries, TB is still a major public health concern in our community. In comparison to other counties in Florida, Duval County ranks number six in the number of TB cases. This means that our current efforts to find and treat latent TB infection and TB disease are not sufficient. Misdiagnosis of TB still exists and health care professionals often do not "think TB”.

Therefore, there is still a need to maintain adequate resources and partnerships toward TB awareness and stopping TB in our community. In that spirit, the TB/ Refugee Program of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County, along with the collaboration of the Jax Health Matters program of the University of Florida, would like to partner with medical providers in Duval County in order to bring awareness to TB in our community. We have assembled a toolkit that contains education and quick reference materials and social marketing materials for medical providers in the community.

The toolkit includes the following:
DOH-Duval Referral to TB Program Guidelines
LTBI and TB Disease
TB Facts
TB Q & A
TB Trends
TB Skin Test Fact Sheet

Helpful websites and applications:

Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center (SNTC)

SNTC App for Android and iPhone - Stay up to date with the latest TB news, Training, Webinars, and Products from the SNTC:

Interactive Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis: What the Clinician Should Know (you can receive continuing education credits for this course)

Tuberculosis At A Glance: A Reference for Practitioners on Basic Tuberculosis Information

Helpful PDFs:

Questions and Answers about Tuberculosis

LTBI and TB Disease Brochure

TB Skin Test

TB Facts from the CDC

Trends in Tuberculosis, 2014

TB Disease: Only the Tip of the Iceberg

LTBI vs. TB Disease

If you would like to partner with us, we would ask that you post applicable materials from the toolkit in your doctor’s office, and play the DVD "You Can Prevent TB" in the patient's waiting room in hopes of educating the community about TB.

Please contact Yolanda Miller if you have questions regarding the materials: 904-253-1070.

Contact our TB Physicians Network Consultation Hotline if you have questions regarding tuberculosis: 1-800-4TB-INFO.


Kelli T. Wells, MD, Director
Florida Department of Health in Duval County