1st New England Regional Public Health Conference on Health Conference on Arboviral Disease Control

Shrewsbury, MA

March 1, 2007

 

Click here for the conference brochure

 

Description

This one-day program will provide a comprehensive review and update of Arboviral diseases in the Northeast. It will also provide guidance on the types of programs that should be established to effectively monitor West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) activity and prevent potential future outbreaks of these diseases.

 

The day will begin with a look at Arboviral diseases in New England. Then participants will be able to pick two out of four sessions that will focus on:

 

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to support Arbovirus Surveillance.

Veterinary Arbovirus concerns.

Public health laboratory methodologies.

Public education and risk communication activities.

 

The day will end with a synopsis of all the sessions.

 

Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

 

Discuss the issues surrounding the 2006 MA EEE outbreak.

Describe the surveillance of arboviral diseases in the NE.

Describe the current laboratory tests.

Explain the importance of an effective public outreach program.

 

Audience

This intermediate-level program will be of interest to epidemiologists, public health laboratorians, and mosquito control personnel.

 

SPONSORS:

Center for Laboratories and Disease Control, State Laboratory Institute

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

 

Northeastern Mosquito Control Association, Inc.

 

Northeast Branch American Society for Microbiology

 

National Laboratory Training Network