Double Trouble: Air Pollutants And Tuberculosis

Double Trouble: Air Pollutants And Tuberculosis

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Session date:May 23, 2023

This session reviews the current epidemiologic and mechanistic knowledge on associations between exposures to air pollution, tobacco smoke and risk for tuberculosis, three eminent health challenges of global importance, and how exposure risks relate to social determinants of health. Addressing the need for continued research on exposure dose response relationships as well as for translation of findings into regulatory policies, the session also discusses pitfalls and state of the art of exposure assessments as well as the translation of scientific findings into advocacy for policy change.

• Raise awareness about the emerging epidemiologic and mechanistic evidence that suggests a causal relationship between air pollution exposures, tuberculosis development and worsened treatment outcomes
• Review the state of the science for air pollution exposure assessment approaches, technologies and optimal measurement strategies
• Explore translation of scientific discovery into actionable health preventative steps

Siobhan Carroll, BSc
Qingyu Meng, PhD
Lynn Atuyambe, PhD
Srijata Sarkar, PhD
Richard Van Zyl Smit, MBChB, PhD, ATSF
Nerges Mistry, MD

The Global State of Air Pollution and Tuberculosis: What Does the Epidemiology Show?
The State of the Art for Characterizing Air Pollution Exposure Among People at Risk for Tuberculosis
The Influence of Social Determinants of Health on Air Pollution Exposure and Tuberculosis Risk - Triple Trouble in Resource-Limited Settings
Mechanistic Evidence - Air Pollutant Effects on Immune Responses to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis: Is the Sum Greater Than the Parts?
Vaping and Smoking - the "Other Air Pollutants"
So, Air Pollutants Are Making Tuberculosis Worse - Now What? Activism and Policy Change