Panel to Discuss U.S. Epidemic Intelligence Service

By Jennifer Nachbur

Since 1951, an elite group of public health officers – called the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) – has been charged with investigating and identifying disease epidemics. A program of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these specially-trained detectives have solved such medical mysteries as Reye’s Syndrome and Legionnaires’ disease, and helped to eliminate wild polio and eradicate smallpox, and save countless lives in the process.

The UVM community and members of the public can learn all about the EIS at “Investigating Outbreaks: The Epidemic Intelligence Service,” a talk by Mark Pendergrast, author of Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), and a panel of former EIS officers now working in Vermont. The event will take place at the University of Vermont College of Medicine Medical Education Center in the Sullivan Classroom, Room 200, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. A reception and book-signing will follow the discussion.

This event is co-sponsored by the Vermont Public Health Association, UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences, UVM College of Medicine, and the Vermont Department of Health. For more information, call 802-656-0525 or email burton.wilcke@uvm.edu .