With TB resurgent in the US, public health laboratories strive to respond to the demand for screening plus testing for resistant strains and universal genotyping. Their job is harder due to 10 years of declining funding for TB.
Tuberculosis Resources for Better Laboratory Practice
Access reports, tools and guidelines developed by APHL's TB Steering Committee. Over the last few years APHL has developed several resources specific to TB laboratory practices. Check the Tuberculosis Resources page frequently for updates and new links to external resources.
Assess Your TB Lab and Get Tips on Improving the Quality of Your Practices
In 1995 APHL (then know as the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Laboratory Directors) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed and published Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Assessing Your Laboratory, a tool designed to assist laboratories in the assessment of the quality of their laboratory’s TB diagnostic practices. This year APHL members and staff, in conjunction with CDC, clinical and commercial laboratorians have updated the content of the original tool to reflect the profound changes to TB diagnostics in the ensuing years. The content has been converted to the electronic tool that you are able to access here.
Have Questions About the Tuberculosis Cooperative Agreement? Get Them Answered Here!
The Laboratory Upgrade Component of the TB Cooperative Agreement began in 1992 with the primary purpose of facilitating improvements in TB laboratory performance. A particular sum of money (currently about $7.7 million) is distributed between 68 state, territory, and local public health laboratories and that distribution is based on a predetermined (by CDC) Funding Formula. In the past, that formula was not well understood by most grant recipients. In 2008 CDC convened a workgroup tasked with developing consensus-based recommendations for a new formula to be used for the Cooperate Agreements for FY2010-2014. This webpage contains various documents that explain the funding formula in detail as well as resources aimed at making the application process a bit easier.
Essentials for the Mycobacteriology Laboratory: Promoting Quality Practices
This series of free, interactive modules, developed by APHL in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, promotes competency, quality and safety in common mycobacteriology testing practices. Designed for laboratorians at all levels of experience, each module in the series is complimented by references and resources. Modules are available in PDF format for use in laboratory training programs.
National TB Services Survey Report
Evidence Based TB Diagnosis
TB Cooperative Agreement
Future of TB Lab Services
TB Drug Susceptibility
TB Lab Assessment Tool
Specialist, Infectious Disease, TB Programs
Diagnostics Critical in Resurgent TB
Conference Presentations from the 8th National Conference on Laboratory Aspects of TB
A New WHO Report, “Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance in the World,” Reveals that Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is at the Highest Level Ever
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