Sessions on bioterrorism featured at Tropical Medicine Meeting

Special session on Anthrax and Preparedness for Smallpox

The American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene has just added a special session, Update on Anthrax and Preparedness for Smallpox, to be held during the Societys annual meeting in Atlanta. The special session will take place on Wednesday, November 14th, 11:45 am-1:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Atlanta Hilton.

Featured speakers:

Dr. James Hughes, Director, National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC
Dr. Bradley Perkins, National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC
Dr. Julie Gerberding, Deputy Director, National Center for Infectious Diseases

Panel discussants and addition participants:

LTC George W. Korch, USAMRIID
Dr. Tom Monath, Acambis, Inc.
Dr. Phil Russell, Advisor on vaccine development and production, newly created United States Office of Public Health Preparedness (invited)
Dr. James LeDuc, Acting Director, DVRD, National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC
Dr. Kevin Yeskey, Acting Director, Bioterrorism Response and Preparedness Program, National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC

This special session has been organized by Dr. Marty Cetron, CDC, and ASTMH president Dr. Stephen Hoffman, Celera Genomics.

Premeeting Course: Updates on Special Bacterial Pathogens BACKGROUND ONLY

All premeeting sessions are open to the press on a background only basis. Press registration will be required for each session and seating is limited.

Enteric Infections and Food Safety, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, 1 pm-5:15 pm. Topics include cholera, typhoid, shigellosis, E. coli, campylobacteriosis, listeriosis, and an update on food safety.

Bioterrorism Recognition and Other Topics, Saturday, November 11, 2001, 8 am-12 pm. Speakers will focus on brucellosis, botulism, anthrax, melioidosis, tularemia, plague, and smallpox.

Biological Warfare, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001.

Contact: Jim Sliwa
American Society for Microbiology

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