In 1999, a new infectious disease agent appeared on the North American continent, one that threatens human and animal life. It was identified as the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. In the greater New York City area, this virus was responsible for 62 human disease cases and seven deaths. West Nile virus has caused new concern over age-old problems. Having survived its first winter, the virus moved into other areas along the east coast and in the year 2000, it caused an additional 21 human disease cases. West Nile virus is expected to survive yet another winter and continue to expand geographically in 2001. This program will emphasize the importance of a strong public health infrastructure and a greater understanding of vector-borne diseases. Join us to discuss the efforts of local, regional, and state health agencies in Massachusetts as they prepare to respond to and minimize the threat of West Nile virus.
To increase awareness of West Nile virus and promote a national dialogue among public health leaders and professionals on vector-borne diseases and the strategic response necessary to minimize their impact on human and environmental health.
Environmental health specialists, public health leaders, managers, and professionals from local and state health departments, federal agencies, hospitals, clinics, academic institutions, civic leaders and others who seek to increase awareness of the factors contributing to the spread of West Nile virus.