Media Advisory - Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Greg Taylor, to Open 2016 TB Conference in Toronto

TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2016 /CNW/ -

What:    

TB Conference 2016 – TB Elimination: Back to Basics



When:    

8:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (Opening Plenary)



Where:   

Churchill Ballroom, Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W, Toronto



Who:       

Dr. Greg Taylor, Public Health Agency of Canada


George Habib, The Lung Association - Ontario


Dr. Richard Long, University of Alberta              

 Although the incidence of tuberculosis has steadily declined, this infectious lung disease continues to be a serious public health concern in Canada.

There is a large pool of latent TB cases among the elderly, people living with HIV, and those who come from or travel to regions where tuberculosis is endemic. In Ontario, there are reports of multiple cases of TB with resistance to virtually all drugs, posing unique challenges to the public health management of the disease.

At the 2016 TB Conference, in Toronto November 15-16, more than 200 experts from across Canada will hear about the latest innovations in TB diagnosis and care, including current strategies for diagnosing and managing latent infection in diverse communities.

Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Gregory Taylor, will open the conference with an overview of Canada's ongoing efforts to eliminate TB.

SOURCE The Ontario Lung Association

For further information: Ali Zampano, The Lung Association - Ontario, azampano@on.lung.ca, W: 416-864-9911 ext. 295

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