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TB Elimination and Control Today

CDC is the lead Federal Government agency for TB prevention, control, and elimination. Although current activities to control TB are yielding significant results nationwide, TB elimination will require sustained effort, long-term commitment, new tools, and strong partnerships with other Federal health agencies and state and local health departments.

CDC's Current Strategy for TB Elimination
Featured TB Elimination and Control Information


CDC's Current Strategy for TB Elimination

CDC's Response to Ending Neglect identifies the specific goals, objectives, and action steps that CDC will be pursuing to make TB elimination a reality in the United States. The response details CDC priority activities in the context of the recommendations issued by the Institute of Medicine in its report, Ending Neglect.

The CDC plan is organized around six goals that frame TB elimination efforts:

  • Goal I: Maintain control of TB
    Maintain the decline in TB incidence through timely diagnosis of active TB disease, appropriate treatment and management of persons with active disease, investigation and appropriate evaluation and treatment of contacts of infectious cases, and prevention of transmission through infection control.
  • Goal II: Accelerate the decline
    Advance toward TB elimination through targeted testing and treatment of persons with latent TB infection, appropriate regionalization of TB control activities, rapid recognition of TB transmission using DNA fingerprinting methods, and rapid outbreak response.
  • Goal III: Develop new tools
    Develop and assess new tools for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of TB.
  • Goal IV: Reduce the global burden of TB
    Increase U.S. involvement in international TB control activities.
  • Goal V: Mobilize and sustain public support
    Mobilize and sustain support for TB elimination by engaging policy and opinion leaders, healthcare providers, affected communities, and the public. Implement a comprehensive health communication campaign that supports TB elimination and ensures the development and delivery of effective TB elimination messages. Improve communication efforts through consistent monitoring and evaluation of the plan's methods and strategies.
  • Goal VI: Track progress
    Monitor progress toward the goal of TB elimination, and regularly report on progress to all target audiences.

The goals, objectives, and action steps that comprise CDC's contribution to TB elimination will serve as a guide for CDC's work, in collaboration with its partners, to finally rid the nation of the human suffering and societal harm caused by TB disease.



Featured TB Elimination and Control Information

Best Practices in Prevention, Control and Care for Drug-resistant Tuberculosis
From World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

Tuberculosis in Women (PDF)
From World Health Organization

Vision and proposed framework for a Post-2015 TB Elimination Strategy and Targets (PDF)
From World Health Organization

Best Practices in TB Control: Legal Interventions in TB Control
From the New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute

Best Practices in TB Control: What Works Best in Rural and Low-Incidence Settings
From the New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute

Best Practices in TB Control: Working with Substance Users and Homeless Populations
From the New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute

Ending Neglect: The Elimination of Tuberculosis in the United States
Publication from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Lawrence Geiter, editor; Committee on the Elimination of Tuberculosis in the United States, Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2002.

CDC's Response to Ending Neglect: The Elimination of Tuberculosis in the United States
Publication from the Division of TB Elimination of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC 2002.

Infection Control and Prevention
From DTBE

Identifying Missed Opportunities for Preventing TB: A Resource for TB Programs (PDF)
From New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute

TB Control Resources
From the New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute

Global tuberculosis control - surveillance, planning, financing
From the World Health Organization (WHO)





Page Last Updated: February 11, 2014

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