Emerging Pathogens

Tuesday, June 8
Lecture HallLecture Hall
8:30 – 9:20am
The Prevalence of Gastrointestinal Illnesses (GI) Caused by Microbes

The rate of GI infections amongst patients of varying immunity status is uncertain and this information is necessary to prevent and control the impact of GI on the individual and the public’s health. This study will present findings on the most prevalent types of gastrointestinal illness caused by microbes in different patient groups in the Sydney patient population and the outcomes of their illness.
Stephanie M. Fletcher, MPH, PhD Candidate, University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

9:30 – 10:20am
Community-Associated MRSA Occurrence in S.E. Ohio High School Athletic Facilities

Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or CA-MRSA, is a matter of growing concern among both professionals and the public. “Superbugs” like MRSA are increasingly responsible for transmittable severe soft tissue infections among athletes, military and prison populations, and other close-contact groups.  This session will present original findings from several recently published studies on the prevalence and occurrence patterns of MRSA in several sports, and will discuss the emerging role for environmental health practitioners.
Timothy J. Ryan, PhD, CIH, CSP, Associate Professor, Ohio University, Athens, OH

10:30 – 11:20am 
Best Practice Guide for Minimization of the Transmission of Infectious Diseases Through Building Design
Learn how buildings should be designed to minimize the spread of infectious diseases to other occupants.  The latest concepts in ventilation, ultraviolet germicidal radiation, building layout, and material selection needed to prevent the spread of infectious agents will be presented during this session.  From H1N1 to MRSA, learn what can be done to prevent the spread of these infectious diseases.
Thomas P. Fuller, ScD, CIH, MSPH, MBA, Program Director/Assistant Professor, Illinois State University, Normal, IL



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