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Notice to Readers: Fourth Decennial International Conference on Nosocomial and Healthcare-Associated Infections

CDC is sponsoring the Fourth Decennial International Conference on Nosocomial and Healthcare-Associated Infections during March 5-9, 2000, at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will highlight new strategies for preventing infections and promoting safety among patients and healthcare personnel. Key topics include patient safety, healthcare worker safety, antimicrobial resistance, and bioterrorism preparedness. Each year, approximately 2 million patients in the United States acquire infections while hospitalized for other conditions. These infections account for 88,000 deaths and cost approximately $4.6 billion. Similar infections occur in nursing homes, outpatient clinics, dialysis centers, and other sites of healthcare delivery. CDC hosts the conference every 10 years to update national and international experts on trends in healthcare infection prevention and control. The meeting is cosponsored by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Additional information is available on the World-Wide Web, ,* or telephone (301) 984-9450 (extension 17 for registration and program information, extension 11 for exhibit information, or extension 10 for other information).

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