CDC Media Briefings: 68th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference

Media Advisory

Embargoed Until: Monday, April 29, 2019, Noon, ET
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will hold its 68th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference April 29–May 2, 2019 in Atlanta. This annual gathering of past and present disease detectives features presentations on groundbreaking investigations and often life-saving outbreak responses by current EIS officers and their laboratory counterparts, the Laboratory Leadership Service (LLS) fellows. During this year’s conference, CDC will host a daily media briefing at noon to highlight the work being presented.


Monday—Protecting the next generation: EIS officers tackle health threats that affect children

  • Upsurge of Acute Flaccid Myelitis in the United States — CDC Surveillance Results, 2018 (Susannah McKay, PhD, MPH, EIS Class of 2017)
  • Enterovirus D68 Circulation: Results from the New Vaccine Surveillance Network –– United States, July–October 2017–2018  (Stephanie Kujawski, PhD, MPH, EIS Class of 2018)
  • Excess Infant Mortality in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Areas by Race and Ethnicity — United States, 2014–2016 (Lindsay Womack, PhD, MPH, EIS Class of 2017)
  • The New “Cool” in School: A Media Content Analysis of JUUL Use among US Schools (Mays Shamout, MD, MPH, EIS Class of 2018)

Tuesday—An ounce of prevention: EIS officers study the impact and safety of vaccines

  • Trends in the Laboratory Detection of Rotavirus Before and After Implementation of Routine Vaccination — United States, 2000-2018  (Benjamin Hallowell, PhD, MPH, EIS Class of 2018)
  • Human Papillomavirus Prevalence Among Females in the United States, Overall and By Race/Ethnicity, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2003–2006 and 2013–2016  (Nancy McClung, PhD, EIS Class of 2017)
  • Deltoid Bursitis as an Adverse Event Following Injectable Influenza Vaccine in the Vaccine Safety Datalink — United States, 2016–2017  (Elisabeth Hesse, MD, MTM&H, EIS Class of 2017)

Wednesday—America’s opioid crisis: EIS officers ally with communities to combat the epidemic

  • Identifying Occupational Patterns in Opioid-Involved Overdose Mortality to Inform Local Opioid Response –– Utah, 2012–2016  (Laurel Harduar Morano, PhD, MPH, EIS Class of 2017)
  • Initiation of Nonmedical Use of Prescription Opioids Among High School Students — Virginia, 2017  (Nicholas Deputy, PhD, MPH, EIS Class of 2018)
  • Patrol Cars as Vehicles for Public Health: Partnering with police in a wound botulism outbreak response (Howard Chiou, MD, PhD, EIS Class of 2018)
  • Reporting Timeliness and Estimated Incidence of Nonfatal Opioid Overdoses After Implementation of Mandated Reporting — Arizona, June 15, 2017–June 14, 2018  (Sarah Scott, MD, EIS Class of 2018)

Thursday—The cutting edge of public health: EIS officers respond to breaking issues 

  • Verona Integron-Encoded Metallo-Beta-Lactamase-Producing Carbapenem-Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa Infections Associated with Elective Invasive Medical Procedures in Mexico –  Multiple U.S. States, 2018-2019  (Ian Kracalick, PhD, MPH, EIS Class of 2017)
  • Norovirus GII.P16-GII.4 Sydney outbreak among wildfire evacuation shelter populations – Butte County, California, November 2018  (Ellora Karmarkar, MD, MSc, EIS Class of 2018)
  • A Dark Horse Candidate: Legionellosis Cluster Associated with Working at a Racetrack Facility – West Virginia, 2018  (Jared Rispens, MD, EIS Class of 2018)
  • Characterization of Dockless Electric Scooter Related Injury Incidents – Austin, Texas, September-November, 2018  (Laurel Harduar Morano, PhD, MPH, EIS Class of 2017)


April 29 – May 2 at Noon, ET


Savannah 1 Room
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303


Media: 888-795-0855
Non-Media: 800-369-1605
INTERNATIONAL: 1-630-395-0331

*Please dial in 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the telebriefing.


If you would like to ask a question during the call, press *1 on your touchtone phone. Press *2 to withdraw your question. You may queue up at any time. You will hear a tone to indicate your question is pending.


A transcript will be available following the briefing at CDC’s web site:


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