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FOR RELEASE: February 28, 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Epidemiologists to Convene in Oklahoma City March 3

Oklahoma City will host Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers from health departments throughout the country and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at a regional conference on Thursday, March 3.

About 15 EIS officers will provide scientific presentations on epidemiologic investigations they have conducted this past year on such topics as hepatitis B in correctional settings, tuberculosis contact identification, botulism related to cosmetic injections of botulinum toxin, traumatic brain injury surveillance, Rocky Mountain spotted fever investigation and control efforts, and West Nile virus infection.

The EIS program is sponsored by CDC and includes a two-year postgraduate program of service and on-the-job training in the practice of epidemiology for health professionals. EIS officers are assigned to health departments and the CDC to conduct disease outbreak investigations, public health surveillance activities, and statistical analyses.

The conference will be from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. at the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library, 1000 Stanton L. Young Blvd., on the OU Health Sciences Center campus. Conference sponsors include the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health, and the CDC.

For more information, contact Sue Mallonee, director of Scientific Affairs at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 405/271-4200, or check out the conference agenda online at: http://www.health.state.ok.us/CALENDAR/INDEX.HTML.

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