Public Health Professor Co-Authors Article in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Publication

Emily Roberson aboard commercial fishing vessel, conducting TB contact investigation

Working with the CDC Honolulu Quarantine Station and the Hawaii Department of Health, Assistant Professor of Public Health Emily Roberson, Ph.D., participated in a contact investigation of a case of Meningeal and Pulmonary Tuberculosis (TB) in a crewman on a commercial fishing vessel. The man, who was from a high TB-burden country, had been hospitalized and was unconscious, intubated and dependent on mechanical ventilation. Roberson, who is an epidemiologist, was part of the team investigating the source of his infection and looking for other potentially exposed individuals in order to offer them medical treatment.     

Roberson’s co-authored article was published in the June 21 issue of the CDC’s publication, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR); see the article posted here. Roberson is pictured aboard the commercial fishing vessel conducting the TB contact investigation described in the article. 

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