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CDC has designated Mayo Clinic as a Regional Tuberculosis Training and Medical Consultation Center. Zelalem Temesgen, MD, director of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Tuberculosis, says the award recognizes the clinic as a global leader in the treatment of individuals infected with TB and in the training of medical professionals. The new Mayo Clinic Center for Tuberculosis will serve an 11-state area through the development of new and enhanced training and technical support for medical and public health professionals. Mayo Clinic’s history with TB research dates back to the first half of the 20th century when clinic physicians and scientists were involved with early clinical trials for the first successful TB drug. Support and training continue to be important in the field. The United States reported more than 10,000 new TB cases in 2011. Globally, TB is the second leading cause of death from infectious disease, with approximately 1.5 million deaths in 2010.