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Statement of Task

The study will review the current state of tuberculosis mortality, morbidity, and prevention/control efforts in the United States, with special emphasis on regional and other variations; assess special challenges and solutions for the high proportion of U.S. cases of TB in foreign-born persons; and review the current state of research and development in the United States on new diagnostics and therapeutics for TB prevention, control and elimination; review the extent of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and analyze factors that contribute to its development; and examine the role of the United States in international efforts at tuberculosis control. The committee will develop conclusions and recommendations regarding: a framework to guide a national campaign to eliminate TB in the United States; region-specific action steps required to work towards that goal; research needs and priorities for national TB elimination; information for health care providers and the public regarding the importance of vigilant and continued attention to TB control; health plan (fee-for-service and managed care) responsibilities for TB prevention and control; federal, state, and local public health policy maker's responsibilities and options regarding infrastructure needs; and strategies for U.S. contributions to worldwide TB prevention and control, leading to worldwide TB elimination.

The study will be carried out by a committee of 15 members with expertise in epidemiology, health policy, public health, clinical medicine, microbiology/basic sciences, international health, and social sciences. The

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