Emerging infectious diseases are at the center of the worlds attention.
The threats of pandemic influenza and bioterrorism, and the realization,
born of the SARS outbreak, that new infectious diseases may be recognized
at any time, in any place, have dramatically raised our awareness. What
are the most important emerging disease threats? How can we quickly detect
their occurrences in order to respond in a timely and appropriate way?
ProMED-mail, the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases, is pleased
to invite you to the International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance
2007. Along with our co-sponsors, the European Centre for Disease Prevention
and Control, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the European
Commission, and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, we are developing
a conference that will bring together the public health community, scientists,
health care workers and other leaders in the field of emerging infectious
diseases. The meeting will embrace the One Medicine concept
recognizing that, just as diseases reach across national boundaries, so
do they transcend species barriers. We therefore welcome the full participation
of both the human and animal health communities.
2007, the year that the revised International Health Regulations will
take full effect, is a highly fitting time to address the implementation
of these broadly reaching regulations and to understand their implications
for the surveillance of emerging diseases. Centrally located in Europe,
the beautiful host city of Vienna is rich in history and culture. IMED
2007 will be organized by the International Society for Infectious Diseases,
which has over 20 years experience in planning and implementing international
With outstanding plenary speakers, symposia by expert panels, and invited
abstracts, IMED 2007 is certain to be the years major conference
for those involved in the detection, monitoring, and study of emerging
pathogens and to those in the front lines of response. We look forward
to joining you in Vienna.
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