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Media Contact: Holly Korschun 05 November 2004    
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SECEBT Presents Symposium on Food & Waterborne Infectious Disease Threats
National and international experts in the prevention, control, and treatment of food and waterborne infectious disease threats will share their knowledge, identify best practices for preventing disease, and develop research strategies for the Southeastern region at a day-long symposium hosted by Emory University and the Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats. The symposium will be held Wednesday, November 16 at the Emory Conference Center.

The program includes speakers from Emory University School of Medicine; the National Center for Infectious Diseases and the Foodborne and Diarrheal Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia; Montana State University; Capital Health, Canada; the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control; the Georgia Division of Public Health, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Conference participants will share a wide array of knowledge about changing epidemiologic trends and public health; food and water threats; surveillance issues; animal issues; and prion diseases (BSE/mad cow disease). Participants will discuss supporting regional collaborations that leverage the national efforts of state public health programs and the CDC. The Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats (SECEBT) is a partnership among regional universities, state public health departments, and government agencies.

Emory University founded SECEBT in 2002 as a partnership to combat biologic agents with increasing potential for harm, believing that the war against dangerous biologic agents is fought with knowledge, research and communication. The center's members collaborate on basic research; vaccine development; pathogen surveillance; biomedical engineering; pharmacology; veterinary medicine; food safety; clinical recognition and treatment; and communication and training of scientists and health professionals.

Individuals affiliated with SECEBT partner institutions may attend the conference at no charge. Emory University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide a maximum of 7 hours in Category 1 credit toward the AMA PRA for this activity. To register online, visit For questions or more conference information, call 404-712-2366, or email

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