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66th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference

04/24/17     Atlanta, GA

CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) will host the 66th Annual EIS Conference from April 24-27 in Atlanta. During the event, EIS officers—also known as CDC disease detectives—describe the investigations they conducted over the past year.

When health threats arise in America or around the world, EIS officers are among the first to respond. In 2016, EIS officers battled Zika virus, the opioid epidemic, antibiotic resistance, unintentional injuries, health care-associated infections, foodborne illnesses, and chronic diseases. The EIS conference offers reporters the opportunity to speak directly with disease detectives protecting the public’s health. 

Media Availability: On the Front Lines: Disease Detectives Combat Deadly Threats

On April 24 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET), CDC’s Acting Principal Deputy Director Dr. Patricia Simone will host a media availability for reporters. Four current EIS officers will describe the behind-the-scenes details of their investigations of acute flaccid myelitis, the drug-resistant fungus Candida auris, the opioid epidemic, and Zika. Reporters can attend in person or by bridge line (details forthcoming).

Where

Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, Building 2; 240 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 2200; Atlanta, GA 30303

 

Important Instructions

Media wanting to attend the EIS conference should RSVP to CDC Media Relations by April 21 by emailing media@cdc.gov or calling 404-639-3286.

For more information about the conference: http://www.cdc.gov/EIS/Conference.html.