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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: March 9, 2010
Contact: Division of News & Electronic Media, Office of Communication
(404) 639-3286

CDC to Co–Host Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) are bringing together multidisciplinary experts from around the world for the Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections.

On March 18th, Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will deliver a keynote address titled "The U.S Approach to Maximize Infection Prevention in the Next Decade."

Johan Giesecke, MD, PhD, MSc, Chief Scientist of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), will also deliver a presentation titled "Translating Challenges into Opportunities: Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance in Europe."


With the theme "Changing Paradigms in Infection Prevention: Towards Elimination of Adverse Events," the conference will highlight the accomplishments of the past 50 years and present innovations and research that will define the field, and its research agenda, in the coming decade.


March 18-22, 2010


Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303


Some sessions will be broadcast live. For more information about the conference and to view the full program schedule, visit

Important instructions: Registration for media is free onsite.  Pre-registered members of the press are asked to first check-in at the Decennial registration desk in the Grand Hall Foyer. Onsite press registrants, please proceed directly to the Press Room of the Lenox Conference Room of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.


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