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2007 CDC World Rabies Day Symposium and Expo

To garner the much needed support for rabies prevention and control efforts globally, one of the initial major efforts is the declaration of a World Rabies Day on September 8, 2007. Events are being planned throughout the world to increase awareness of rabies and to raise support and funding towards its prevention and control. The World Rabies Day Symposium and Expo will kick off the festivities and serve as a scientific meeting to educate and re-energize professionals who serve on the front-lines of rabies prevention and control globally.


  • Alliance for Rabies Control
  • Merial
  • Milipore
  • Novartis
  • Taskforce for Child Survival and Development


  • Atlanta Wildlife Solutions, LLC
  • Bio-Rad
  • CDC Division of Global Migration and Quarantine
  • CDC National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases
  • CDC Public Health Service
  • Georgia Department of Health
  • Merial
  • Milipore
  • National Association for State Public Health Veterinarians
  • Novartis

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • A message from Dr. Julie Gerberding - CDC Director
  • Dr. Lonnie King - Director, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases
  • Dr. Charles Rupprecht - Chief, CDC Rabies Program

World Rabies Day - Working Together to Make Rabies History!

  • Dr. Deborah Briggs - Executive Director, Alliance for Rabies Control (UK)

Poster and Exhibit Session 

Animal rabies prevention and control in the US: A local perspective

  • Dr. Ben Sun - California Department of Health Services

Canine rabies elimination programs in Latin America

  • Dr. Cristina Schneider - Pan-American Health Organization

Progress and challenges in wildlife rabies control

  • Dr. Dennis Slate - USDA, Wildlife Services

Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Emerging Human Rabies Prophylaxis & Management Issues

Moderator: Dr. Hillary Koprowski

Discussion Panel:

  • Dr. Hildegund Ertl - Wistar Institute
  • Dr. Rodney Willoughby - Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Ivan Kuzmin - CDC Rabies Team
  • Dr. Richard Franka - CDC Rabies Team

Session 2: Novel Applications for Rabies Surveillance and Diagnosis Related to Rabies Control

Moderator: Dr. Ben Sun - California Department of Health Services

Discussion Panel:

  • Jesse Blanton, MPH - Epidemiologist, CDC Rabies Team
  • Dr. Sergio Recuenco - CDC Rabies Team
  • Dr. Dennis Slate - Director, USDA Wildlife Services
  • Lillian Orciari, MS - Microbiologist, CDC Rabies Team

Session 3: Rabies Awareness & WRD: Communications and Outreach Strategies

Moderator: Dr. Cristina Schneider - PAHO

Discussion Panel:

  • Dr. Deborah Briggs - Alliance for Rabies Control (UK)
  • Dr. Cathleen Hanlon - Global Alliance for Rabies Control (US)
  • Dr. Erin Kennedy - CDC Rabies Team
  • Abbigail Tumpey, MPH CHES - CDC, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases

Session 4: Regional Control of Rabies: A Roundtable

Moderator: Dr. Cherie Drenzk - Chief, Notifiable Diseases Epidemiology Section, Georgia Division of Public Health

Discussion Panel:

  • Tom Belcoure - Director, Alachua County Health Department, Florida
  • Dr. Carl Williams - State Public Health Veterinarian, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. John Fischer - Director, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, Department of Population Health

New vaccines on the horizon

  • Dr. Hildegund Ertl - Wistar Institute

Update on human rabies therapy

  • Dr. Rodney Willoughby - Medical College of Wisconsin

Personal Experience Story

  • Ms. Jeanna Giese and family - First Rabies Survivor

Rabies Eradication Snafus

  • Dr. Hilary Koprowski - Thomas Jefferson University

Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Charles Rupprecht - Chief, CDC Rabies Program