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Engel, Young Introduce Comprehensive TB Elimination Act

Engel, Young Introduce Comprehensive TB Elimination Act

 

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Don Young (R-AK), co-chairs of the House TB Elimination Caucus, today introduced the Comprehensive TB Elimination Act, bipartisan legislation that would help combat and eliminate tuberculosis (TB) in the United States.

 

TB outbreaks still occur across the country and though the number of TB cases has decreased in recent years, the rate of decrease has plateaued, indicating that the limits of what can be accomplished towards TB elimination with current strategies and tools has been reached. The Comprehensive TB Elimination Act reauthorizes the National Strategy for Combating and Eliminating Tuberculosis and provides increased funding for TB research and prevention.

 

“While we have made progress towards TB elimination, we cannot reach the end of TB without new tools, including new diagnostics, drug regimens, and a vaccine,” said Congressman Eliot Engel. “We need to invest across agencies in research for these new tools and this bill will do just that, while putting us on the path toward eradicating this deadly disease once and for all.”

 

“We have made tremendous strides in combatting TB during my time in Congress, but more work remains to be done,” said Congressman Don Young. “Already this year, nearly 100 people attending an event in my home state of Alaska may have been exposed to this devastating disease. I’m proud to join my friend Representative Eliot Engel in introducing this important legislation, and I look forward to working together to get it across the finish line.”

 

“The American Thoracic Society (ATS) commends Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Don Young (R-AK) for their sponsorship of the bipartisan Comprehensive TB Elimination Act (CTEA). The ATS was founded as the American Sanitorium Association in 1905 to prevent and control tuberculosis (TB), which remains a public health issue in the U.S.  If enacted and funded, the CTEA will provide the resources needed to put the U.S. on the path to TB elimination,” said James Beck, M.D, President, American Thoracic Society.

 

“TB Alliance commends Representatives Engel and Young for their continued efforts to eliminate tuberculosis, both in the U.S. and abroad. The introduction of the Comprehensive TB Elimination Act of 2019 is an exciting development and we are encouraged to see its support for TB prevention, control and elimination, as well as for new drugs, vaccines and diagnostics that can bring an end to this global pandemic. Significant and sustained investments in research and product development are urgently needed,” said Mel Spigelman, President and CEO, TB Alliance.

 

“Treatment Action Group (TAG) welcomes the introduction of the Comprehensive TB Elimination Act, especially its support for a robust approach to TB prevention, and for critical research at the NIH and CDC. As activists working toward the end of TB, we encourage the United States to show leadership by taking these bold and necessary steps to end TB in our lifetimes,” said Mark Harrington, Executive Director, Treatment Action Group (TAG).

 

“The Comprehensive TB Elimination Act will give local health authorities the tools they need to combat drug resistant forms of tuberculosis, which contributes to rising antimicrobial resistance and poor patient outcomes. As medical professionals on the frontlines of tuberculosis responses and research, the Infectious Diseases Society of America supports this bill and believes its swift passage is needed to achieve epidemic control,” said Dr. Cynthia Sears, President, Infectious Diseases Society of America.

 

The Comprehensive TB Elimination Act has also been endorsed by 17 other public health advocacy groups, including the American Lung Association, the American Public Health Association and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

 

 

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