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October 18, 2001

Infectious Disease Experts to Discuss Bioterrorism


 (SafetyAlerts) -  Biological warfare will be discussed by infectious disease specialists in several late-breaking sessions at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), Oct. 25-28, in San Francisco. More than 3,000 experts are expected to attend. Topics will include the infectious agents that might be used for bioterrorism, as well as preparation for an attack. The sessions are open to media.

-- Two experts on bioterrorism - James W. Snyder, Ph.D., University of Louisville School of Medicine, and Maj. Jon B. Woods, M.D., U.S. Air Force/U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) -- are faculty for the "Meet the Professor" session on biological warfare at 7 a.m. Oct. 26. The session will be repeated at 7 a.m. Oct. 28.

-- John G. Bartlett, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will give The Kass Lecture, "Infectious Diseases: What's Hot and What's Not," at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 26.

-- The Smadel Lecture, "Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers: Signposts on the Highway to Andromeda?" will be given by Karl M. Johnson, M.D., University of New Mexico, at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 27.

-- A late-breaker symposium will be given by Marci Layton, M.D., New York City Department of Health, and Thomas Inglesby, M.D., Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies, at 8:10 a.m. Oct. 28.

Spokespersons from IDSA are available for interview and are available to discuss:

-- Anthrax transmission, symptoms and treatments.
-- What precautions people should take handling suspicious packages?
-- How can we prepare for future outbreaks?
-- Mistaking colds and flu for anthrax poisoning; Are flu shots helpful?
-- Other biological agents that potentially could be used as weapons including small pox and bubonic plague.

In addition, the current anthrax scares and terrorist activities have thrust infectious disease experts into the spotlight. How are they coming together as a professional community to share research and information? Is the U.S.  prepared for a widespread anthrax or other biologicaldisaster? What concerns and questions are they getting from people back in their hometowns?

Source: PRNewswire.

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