Tuberculosis (TB) and non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections (NTMs) are bacterial infections that create serious problems in BC. Treating TB costs the health system nearly $13 million per year, and NTMs are emerging as a new and poorly-understood threat, especially in BC’s seniors.
My previous work has shown that we can get faster and cheaper information by replacing standard TB/NTM lab tests with a single genome sequence test on the bacteria. It has also shown that comparing the mutations in the genomes of bacteria from different patients allowed us to reconstruct the timeline of an outbreak, deducing who infected whom and when.
BRIDGE-MTB is a five-year province-wide program that will expand my previous work to explore three key areas:
BRIDGE-MTB seeks to improve BC's practice and policy on testing, treating, controlling and understanding TB and NTMs.