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Public Health Experts Discuss Infectious Diseases Threats at News Conference
Date:7/22/2009

influenza worldwide and the age groups most affected are the young rather than the elderly. Cases of the pandemic (novel H1N1) influenza are expected to rise during this fall and winter.

"Seasonal influenza vaccine should be available soon. We should start immunizing as soon as the vaccine is available to prevent the seasonal influenza. In addition to vaccines, we should remember hand hygiene, cough etiquette and social distancing also helps to prevent the spread of both types of influenza," said Dr. Baker.

Additional topics discussed at the 14th Richard J. Duma/NFID Annual News Conference and Symposium on Infectious Diseases included:

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Neither Gone Nor Forgotten: David Martin, M.D., chief, section of Infectious Diseases and Harry E. Dascomb Professor of Medicine and Microbiology at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, discussed the most common reportable infectious diseases in the United States is Chlyamydia trachomatis. The number of reported cases is growing each year due to increased screening efforts. "Excellent C. trachomatis diagnostic tests are now available and can be performed on urine specimens. Treatment is inexpensive and safe. Therefore, theoretically, this common STD could be dramatically curtailed in the United States population if broad-based screening efforts were undertaken," said Dr. Martin. Dr. Martin outlined the need to eliminate barriers associated with screening including lack of access to healthcare, health care provider reticence to address sexual health issues, limited budgets to support screening programs, insufficient treatment of exposed sex partners, and lack of knowledge on the part of young sexually active individuals about the true risk of unprotected sexual intercourse with multiple partners. Dr. Martin also provided updates on treatment options for gonorrhea, the increased inciden
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