Mayo Clinic recognized as center for regional TB training

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recognized the Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic as a Regional Tuberculosis Training and Medical Consultation Center.

The designation will make the Mayo Clinic responsible for developing new and enhanced training and technical support for public health and medical professionals in an 11-state area, reports.

"This is a great opportunity for Mayo to continue its long tradition of tuberculosis research and patient care, by ensuring that providers everywhere have the latest information and training," Zelalem Temesgen, the director of Mayo Clinic's Center for Tuberculosis, said, according to

Temesgen said that the award recognizes the Mayo Clinic as a global leader in treating TB patients and in the training and education of medical professionals.

The Mayo Clinic Center for Tuberculosis will serve Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

While TB is on the decline thanks to better public health systems and drugs, Temesgen said that this is not the time for complacency. More than 10,000 new TB cases were reported in the U.S. in 2011 and, globally, TB is still the second leading cause of death from infectious disease. More than 1.5 million people died from TB in 2010.

Mayo Clinic physicians began working on tuberculosis research in the first half of the 20th century when Mayo scientists and physicians conducted animal studies and early clinical trials on the first successful drug for TB, reports.