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Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Annual Conference Begins June 7 in Buffalo, NY
Date:6/5/2009

Novel H1N1 Influenza A Response among Key Conference Components

BUFFALO, N.Y., June 5, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) 2009 Annual Conference will be held June 7-11 at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York. This year's conference will focus on priority public health issues including the ongoing response to novel H1N1 influenza A.

"The 2009 conference theme, 'Evidence-based Public Health in Challenging Times,' is particularly appropriate given the continuing uncertainty over H1N1," said CSTE President Perry Smith, M.D. "Although to date the new virus has produced illness in the U.S. with symptoms similar to seasonal flu, the concern is that the virus may reemerge in the fall in a more potent form. While no one can be certain what will happen, epidemiologists everywhere will be closely scrutinizing patterns and trends in disease progression and transmission to help predict the future course of the outbreak and develop measures to mitigate the impact."

Several conference sessions will be devoted to influenza, including a workshop aimed at improving flu surveillance, a vaccine update and an H1N1 status report from scientists who are leading the outbreak response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in New York City and the State.

Along with influenza, the 2009 conference will include numerous other presentations of recent research into important issues of infectious disease, chronic disease and environmental and occupational health. Among these are studies that examine risks such as healthcare acquired infections and carbon monoxide poisoning following storm-related power outages.

"Although our attention currently is focused on flu, other critical public health problems remain. Injuries, healthcare associated infections, tobacco use, alcohol and other substance abuse, lack of physic
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