Major International Conference To Discuss Control Of Infectious Diseases And Environmental Hazards Held In Dublin

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The Minister for Health and Children, Mr Micheal Martin opened a major three-day international conference today in Dublin Castle on the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases and environmental hazards. Hosted by the National Disease Surveillance Centre (NDSC) this year, the conference is co-organised by the Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) Communicable Disease Surveillance Centres in London, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health. 

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to host this major conference in Dublin," said Dr Derval Igoe, Specialist in Public Health Medicine, NDSC. "Consultants in Communicable Disease Control, Specialists and Consultants in Public Health Medicine and their colleagues in relevant disciplines from both Ireland and the United Kingdom will attend this conference to discuss a wide range of current issues in the fields of infectious diseases and environmental hazards,"  

The objectives of the conference are:

  • To discuss significant new and emerging problems in infectious disease and advances in methods of their investigation and control;
  • To stimulate discussion of practical problems that may confront those responsible for carrying out investigations and implementing control procedures;
  • To foster the development of professional networks among those responsible for the control of infection and environmental hazards;
  • To contribute to the development of policies and standards. 

Speakers opening the first day of the conference addressed antimicrobial resistance and hospital acquired infection including the economic impact of this problem. Other topical issues being discussed include: childhood vaccinations including an examination of the impact of the meningitis C vaccine on meningococcal disease in Ireland; social inequalities and infectious disease; sexually transmitted diseases in particular, syphilis in Dublin among men who have sex with men; the public health response to the threat of bioterrorism; the future of the environment and health; and food safety. 

This is the first year that this conference has been held in Dublin.