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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 4, 2003

CDC Expert To Discuss SARS Threat Sept. 11

Although health officials consider the global outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to be successfully contained, the World Heath Organization cautions that, "resurgence of SARS remains a distinct possibility and does not allow for complacency."

On Thursday, Sept. 11, J. Todd Weber, M.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will provide an overview of current clinical and epidemiological knowledge regarding SARS.

The free lecture, "The Threat of SARS: What We Know, What We Don't Know, and What We Need to Do," will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 20 of the Nursing Building on the University of Iowa campus. It also will be broadcast live over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) and via streaming video on the web.

Topics that will be covered in the presentation include characterization of the syndrome, diagnosis, treatment, infection control and efforts underway to prepare the United States for potential future outbreaks or epidemics.

The program is part of the fall 2003 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness (ICPHP). Advanced registration is requested and may be completed online at http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icphp/. Links to the live web broadcast, as well as archives of past presentations, are available on the center's site.

Weber is the deputy assistant to the director for antimicrobial resistance in the Office of the Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases at CDC. His work with CDC has involved several areas of infectious diseases, including food-borne and diarrheal diseases, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. Weber is a medical epidemiologist boarded in internal medicine. He is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American College of Physicians, and he has been involved in CDC's response to the SARS epidemic.

The presentation is sponsored by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness, based in the UI College of Public Health, and the Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies. The ICPHP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with the Association of Schools of Public Health.

For more information about the Grand Rounds series, contact Angela Harding, program assistant in the Center for Public Health Preparedness, at 319-335-8451 or by e-mail at angela-harding@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647, debra-venzke@uiowa.edu