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Course Title:
West Nile Virus - What Have We Learned Since 1999?
Format: Satellite
Cost (US $): none
Credit Types Offered:

1 contact hour of CEU
1 hour of CHES
1 hour of CME

Course Description: Since arriving in New York State in 1999, West Nile virus has spread across the United States sickening 3846 people and killing 230 of them. In the four years since its arrival, the virus has taken a great toll on the bird and animal population and has infected over 30 species of mosquitoes. Primarily transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, some recent cases of West Nile virus have been identified that were transmitted through blood transfusions and organ transplants. This program, presented by P. Bryon Backenson, Assistant Director and Research Scientist of the Arthropod-Borne Disease Program at New York State Department of Health, will focus on what has been learned about the virus since its arrival in the Western Hemisphere: the clinical picture (including transmission/diagnosis/treatment), the bird and animal epizootic, mosquito surveillance and control, and prevention methods. The program will also discuss what these four years of experience can potentially tell us about the future of West Nile virus in the United States.
Subject Area(s):
Environmental/Industrial Health
Infectious Diseases/Immunizations
Target Audience(s): Environmental Health Professionals
Health Officials
Public Health Staff - general
Sponsor/Offerer: T2B2/University at Albany School of Public Health
Starting Date: June 19, 2003
Ending Date: June 19, 2003
9-10 a.m. ET
Special Notes: Site registration only
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Contact Name: Lauren Bachner
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June 13, 2003
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