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Proceedings of the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Atlanta, Georgia, USA. March 8-11, 1998.

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L:LINKTFH5PM6v4n3 ront.PDF 353Vol. 4, No. 3, July–September 1998 Emerging Infectious Diseases Special Issue More than 2,500 researchers, clinicians, laboratorians, veterinarians, and other public health professionals from all 50 states and more than 70 countries convened in Atlanta on March 8-11, 1998, for the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. The conference, organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the American Soci- ety for Microbiology, and the National Founda- tion for CDC along with 62 other cosponsors,1 provided a forum for the exchange of ideas and possible solutions to the problems of new and reemerging infectious diseases, including poten- tial threats presented by bioterrorism. Several agencies and organizations sponsored satellite partnership meetings on March 8 and March 12. More than 85 sessions (12 plenary sessions, 17 invited panels, 35 poster sessions, and late- breaking abstracts) were presented on surveil- lance, epidemiology, prevention, and control of emerging infectious diseases, as well as emergency preparedness and response and reemerging or drug-resistant infectious diseases. Topics included foodborne diseases, infectious diseases transmitted by animals and insects, nosocomial infections, infections in immunocompromised patients and persons outside the health-care system, infectious causes of chronic disease, blood safety, host genetics, vaccines, global climate change, and immigration and travel. In delivering the keynote address, Nobel laureate Joshua Lederberg reviewed the scien- tific basis for the emergence of infectious diseases. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala and Assistant Secre- tary for Health and Surgeon General David Satcher, along with representatives from the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and representatives from academia and indust

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