Media Alert: June 14 West Nile Virus Information Session Set for Journalists

Albany, June 7, 2001 – Journalists who cover West Nile virus are invited to an information session featuring briefings by New York State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. and Department scientists who have expertise in various aspects of arthropod–borne disease, including mosquito control, epidemiology, zoonoses and virology. The West Nile virus "Media Day" is scheduled for June 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the State Health Department's Wadsworth Center laboratories.

A series of briefings on mosquito prevention, surveillance and control; bird and mammal surveillance; human disease surveillance; surveillance of health effects from pesticides, and prevention education will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Wadsworth Center auditorium on the Concourse level of the Corning Tower, Albany. At 1:30 p.m., interested journalists may tour the Arthropod–borne Disease Laboratory located at the Department's Griffin Laboratory outside Albany, where mosquitoes, along with blood and tissue samples from humans, birds and small mammals, are tested for West Nile virus. Advance registration is required. For more information, or to register, please call 518–474–5422 or fax the attached registration form to 518–473–7071 by June 11.

Who: NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Antonia Novello, various Department scientists
What: DOH West Nile virus "Media Day"
When: Thursday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Morning session: Wadsworth Center Auditorium, Corning Tower, Concourse level, Empire State Plaza, Albany
Afternoon Session: NYSDOH Arthropod–borne Disease Laboratory, Griffin Laboratory, Route 155, Guilderland Center
Why: Journalists who cover West Nile virus will have an opportunity to be briefed by scientists working on all aspects of New York's State's continuing West Nile virus response, including details of how dead crow density per square mile may relate to human health risk, how scientists tests for WNV and current efforts to control mosquitoes in their aquatic, pre–biting stage.

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NYSDOH West Nile Virus Media Day

June 14, 2001

Registration Form

Please return by COB, June 11, 2001

Media Outlet

Name(s)_________________________________________________________________________________________

Do you need transportation to the afternoon session at the Griffin Laboratory?

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Directions to the DOH Wadsworth Laboratory Auditorium in the Corning Tower, Albany:

Take the NYS Thruway to exit 23. Follow 787 north to Empire State Plaza exit. Follow signs to Visitors Parking South. Corning Tower is located in the Southeast portion of the Empire State Plaza. Proceed to the Concourse level of the Plaza, enter the Corning Tower and you will be directed to the auditorium.