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Media Contact: Holly Korschun 06 May 2008    
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SECEBT Holds Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections
The Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats (SECEBT) will hold a conference on "Healthcare Infections Associated with the Care and Treatment of Humans and Animals." The conference takes place May 14-15 at the Emory Conference Center at 1615 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329. For more information, and to register for the conference, visit

Conference topics will include recent trends and emerging issues; surveillance, epidemiology, and reporting of infections; evidence-based prevention; economic implications; veterinary issues; and legal and ethical issues.

The conference will include speakers from the CDC; Emory University; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center; University of Guelph, Ontario; South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control; Duke University; Johns Hopkins University; University of Georgia; and University of Pennsylvania Health System, among others.

SECEBT is a regional partnership of universities, public health agencies, affiliates and foundations dedicated to combating biologic threats with increasing potential for harm. The conference is held in conjunction with the spring meeting of the SECEBT partner organizations.

"Current knowledge and understanding of emerging healthcare infections and how they can be prevented is critical for all those who work in a human or animal healthcare setting," says Walter A. Orenstein, MD, SECEBT executive director and associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center. "This conference will address the challenges of surveillance for infectious diseases, the complications of infections, the implications of public reporting, and the impact of infections in veterinary medicine and implications for humans."

SECEBT was founded in August 2002 and now includes 17 southeastern universities, six state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health and Human Services, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Research Alliance, The Carter Center and the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Previous SECEBT conferences have addressed pandemic influenza, food and waterborne illnesses, vector-borne diseases, West Nile virus and antibiotic-resistant community-acquired staphylococcal infection (MRSA).

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