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Tue Nov 22 17:13:56 EST 1994


ProMED electronic conference
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A central goal of ProMED (see below) is to establish a direct partnership
among scientists concerned with infectious diseases in all parts of the
world; building the appropriate networks to encourage communicating and
sharing information is a key objective.  In cooperation with SatelLife and
HealthNet, ProMED has inaugurated an e-mail conference system on the
Internet, to encourage timely information sharing and discussion on emerging
disease problems worldwide.  Through HealthNet, this low-cost system reaches
participants in developing countries and remote areas.

ProMED invites and welcomes the participation of all interested colleagues.
To sign on to the ProMED electronic conference, send an e-mail message to:

                   promed-request at usa.healthnet.org

Leave the Subject line blank, and write     subscribe promed     in the text
space.  You will receive an automatic reply with information on how to
access past files.  From then on, you will receive the messages posted to
the ProMED conference as they are received.  You can cancel this at any
time.  The only cost is your phone call to your e-mail server.


ProMED - the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases
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Numerous recent episodes of emerging and re-emerging infections, including
the global AIDS pandemic, the continuing spread of dengue viruses, the now
frequent appearance of hitherto unrecognized diseases such as the
hemorrhagic fevers, the resurgence of old scourges like tuberculosis and
cholera in new, more severe forms, and the economic and environmental
dangers of similar occurrences in animals and plants, attest to our
continuing vulnerability to infectious diseases throughout the world.  Many
experts, both within and outside government, have warned of the need to
improve capabilities for dealing with emerging infectious diseases, and the
development of  an effective global infectious disease surveillance system
has been the primary recommendation of expert analyses.

A program to identify and quickly respond to unusual outbreaks of infectious
diseases in order to provide help to affected areas and to prevent spread is
essential, not only to the region of origin but to the entire world.
Unfortunately, existing international structures to do this are understaffed
and lack coordination.  The same is true for animal and plant diseases which
could threaten food supplies and, in some cases, infect humans - some of the
outbreaks that have attracted attention recently, such as Hantavirus
pulmonary syndrome, are zoonoses.

ProMED, the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases, was set up
specifically to fill this void.  It was inaugurated in September 1993 at a
conference in Geneva, Switzerland, co-sponsored by the World Health
Organization and the Federation of American Scientists.  At that conference
60 prominent experts in human, animal and plant health called for a
coordinated global program to identify and respond to emerging infectious
diseases, and to provide a forum for coordinating plans, with the
participation of interested parties at all levels.  Members of the Steering
Committee of ProMED come from all over the world and include representatives
of WHO, CDC, NIH and OIE (the International Office of Epizootics), in
addition to other organizations and academic institutions.

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Dr Stephen S. Morse, Chair, ProMED, The Rockefeller University, New York NY
e-mail: morse at rockvax.rockefeller.edu
Dr Jack Woodall, Coordinator, ProMED Communications Task Force, NYS Dept. of
Health, Albany NY
e-mail: woodall at wadsworth.org




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