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2008 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases

Journalists are invited to attend and cover the 2008 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID), to be held March 16-19, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting is being organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Society for Microbiology, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the Association of Public Health Laboratories and the World Health Organization.

The International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases was first convened in 1998; ICEID 2008 marks its sixth occurence. The conference brings together public health professionals to encourage the exchange of scientific and public health information on global emerging infectious disease issues. The program will include plenary and panel sessions with invited speakers as well as oral and poster presentations on emerging infections. Major topics to be included are current work on surveillance, epidemiology, research, communication and training, bioterrorism, and prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases, both in the United States and abroad.

Major subjects to be covered include:

  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Bioterrorism and Preparedness
  • Foodborne and Waterborne Illnesses
  • Global Health
  • Molecular Diagnostics and Epidemiology
  • Nosocomial Infections
  • Socio-economic and Political Factors
  • Vectorborne Diseases
  • Zoonotic Diseases

The conference will begin with an opening keynote by David Heymann of the World Health Organization (WHO) at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 and conclude at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19.

Comprehensive media facilities will be available for the ICEID. The press center will be located in the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Programs, abstracts, news releases and information about daily press activities will be available. A limited number of complimentary press registrations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Preliminary press materials including registration, program and hotel information are currently available online at


Contact: Jim Sliwa
American Society for Microbiology

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