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

evention of foodborne diseases, how they can be prevented and the roles the CDC plays in detection and prevention. "Educating consumers and food handlers is important, but not sufficient," said Dr. Tauxe. "Through studying various outbreaks we can learn how to prevent disease through targeted prevention strategies."

Since 1996 the CDC has utilized a national surveillance network which allows for sharing of DNA 'fingerprint' patterns, permitting rapid detection of clusters of strains from ill persons that have matching patterns. This system facilitates the detection and investigation of dispersed common sources of outbreaks. Each year 50,000 strains are reported to the surveillance system. In recent years the system has detected multi-state outbreaks including E. coli, Salmonella, and Botulism.

About the News Conference and Symposium

The 14th Richard J. Duma/NFID Annual News Conference and Symposium on Infectious Diseases was supported, in part, by unrestricted educational grants to NFID from Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Merck & Co., Inc; Roche; and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

This event is named for former NFID president and executive director Richard J. Duma, M.D, Ph.D., currently director of infectious diseases at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.

About the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1973 and dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. For more information, please visit www.nfid.org.


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