More Than 2,000 of the World's Leading Infectious Disease Specialists Convene to Discuss Global Health Threats

NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- More than 2,000 researchers, physicians and scientists from around the world are scheduled to meet at the 53rd American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH)Annual Meeting on Nov. 7-11, in Miami, Fla. to present and discuss the latest study findings and science related to preventing, treating and diagnosing life-threatening infectious diseases and bioterrorist and global health threats.

Representatives from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and members of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research will be at the meeting to address such urgent topics as:

* Preventive methods for diseases that pose bioterrorism threats,

including Small Pox, plague, and new emerging viruses;

* Diseases affecting members of the active military in Iraq;

* New developments in vaccines for West Nile virus, malaria, Ebola virus;

* Immigrant and refugee health;

* Polio eradication worldwide;

* Parasites in the human blood supply.

The ASTMH was formed in 1951 and is the principal organization in the United States representing scientists, clinicians and others with interests in the prevention and control of tropical and infectious diseases through research and education.

Source: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene