1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMERGING ZOONOSES

Jerusalem, Israel, November 24-28, 1996

SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS

Co-Sponsored by
CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE


S.D.Pitlik, Chairman
G. Keren
M. Malkinson
E. Rubinstein
Y. Weisman

INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

M.J.Corbel, UK
J.M.Hughes, USA
H. Levy, USA
W.I.Lipkin, USA
C. Lopez, USA
A.M.Margileth, USA
S.S.Morse, USA
L.E.Perryman, USA
D. Raoult, France
R. Rott, Germany
A. Shimshony, Israel
D.F.Welch, USA
H.H.Winkler, USA

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS:

Target Tours Ltd.
P.O.Box 29041, Tel Aviv 61290, Israel
Tel: +972 3 517 5150, Fax: +972 3 517 5155


Dear Colleague,

It is a great pleasure and honor to invite you to participate in the 1st International Conference on Emerging Zoonoses, to be held on November 24-28, 1996, in Jerusalem, Israel.

During the last two decades, we have witnessed the emergence of a growing list of infectious diseases. A significant number of these infections are zoonoses - infections transmitted from animals to man under natural conditions. Some of these "new" diseases, e.g. cryptosporidiosis, are now known to be very common, while others like the pulmonary Hanta syndrome or the filovirus infections, remain rare but are menacing due to their life-threatening clinical course.

Three of the greatest achievements of modern medicine - immunization, antisepsis and antimicrobial therapy, have had a great impact on the control of many infections and in some cases have resulted in their regional or even global eradication. Paradoxically, new emerging infections are now posing a dramatic challenge to mankind and to the scientific community.

The Organizing Committee has invited top investigators in specific emerging zoonoses, as well as world-wide experts in the epidemiology of of infectious diseases. The Conference will be a multidisciplinary event with participation of physicians, veterinarians, epidemiologists, biochemists, immunologists, microbiologists, public health experts and others.

We feel confident that with the panel of experts and the planned stimulating scientific program, we can create an exchange of ideas which will contribute to the better understanding of some of the many problems caused by these diseases.

Jerusalem, the unique holy city of many religions, is celebrating its 3000th anniversary in 1996. What better surroundings could be found for this challenging event!

We look forward to welcoming you here.

Shalom,

Silvio D. Pitlik, MD
Chairman


PRELIMINARY TIMETABLE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1996
Afternoon: Registration and Distribution of Conference Material
Evening:  Informal Get-Together
   Opening Address:
   Ehud Olmert, Mayor of Jerusalem

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1996
All day:  Sessions
Evening:  Folklore

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1996
Morning:  Sessions
Afternoon: Tour of Jerusalem
  Visit to the Shrine of the Book

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1996
All day:  Sessions
Evening:  Gala Dinner (Optional)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1996
All day:  Sessions

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM (Preliminary)

MAIN TOPICS
*BORNA DISEASE
*BRUCELLOSIS
*CAT SCRATCH DISEASE
*CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS
*DRUG DEVELOPMENT
*EHRLICHIOSIS
*HANTA VIRUS
*HEMORRHAGIC FEVERS
*LABORATORY DIAGNOSIS
*LYME DISEASE
*MICROSPORIDIOSIS
*PULMONARY HANTA SYNDROME
*RABIES
*RICKETTSIOSIS
*TOXOPLASMOSIS
*TOXOCARIASIS
*OTHER

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AND TOPICS:
M.J. Corbel, UK   BRUCELLOSIS: THE CURRENT POSITION

M. Green, Israel   EPIDEMIOLOGY OF EMERGING INFECTIONS IN ISRAEL

J.M. Hughes, USA   ADDRESSING EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASE THREATS: PERSPECTIVES OF THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

H. Levy, USA    THE HANTAVIRUSES OF NORTH AMERICA, FROM THE BEDSIDE TO THE BENCH

W.I. Lipkin, USA   BORNA DISEASE VIRUS: MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND PATHOGENESIS

C. Lopez, USA    ADVANCES IN ANTIVIRAL DRUG DISCOVERY

A.M. Margileth, USA  CAT SCRATCH DISEASE: ETIOLOGY, SYSTEMIC MANIFESTATIONS AND MANAGEMENT

F.-X. Meslin, Switzerland GLOBAL ASPECTS OF EMERGING ZOONOSIS - THE WHO POINT OF VIEW

S.S. Morse, USA   MAIN FACTORS IN THE EMERGENCE OF VIRAL ZOONOSES

P.K. Murray, Australia  A NEW VIRUS OF HORSES AND MAN L.E. Perryman, USA   ZOONOTIC IMPLICATIONS OF CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS

D. Raoult, France   NEW TRENDS IN RICKETTSIOSIS

J.A. Richt, Germany  BORNA DISEASE VIRUS INFECTION IN ANIMAL AND MAN

A. Shimshony, Israel  EPIDEMIOLOGY OF EMERGING ZOONOSES

D.F. Welch, USA   BARTONELLA HENSELAE, THE CAUSATIVE AGENT OF CAT SCRATCH DISEASE

H.H. Winkler, USA   RICKETTSIA: LIFE WITHIN CYTOPLASM

GENERAL INFORMATION

LOCATION
The Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem is the Conference venue.

LANGUAGE
The official language of the Conference will be English.

REGISTRATION FEES
     August 24, 1996
     Before After
Participant   $ 450 $ 500
Student/Resident*  $ 225 $ 250
Accompanying Person$ 180 $ 200
Farewell Banquet   $ 70 $ 70

*Upon presentation of bona fide student identification or official certification issued by hospital management.

Fees for participants include:
Participation in scientific sessions, conference kit, program and book of abstracts, half day tour of Jerusalem and invitations to social events (not including Farewell Banquet)

Fees for students/residents include:
Participation in scientific sessions, conference kit, program and book of abstracts.

Fees for accompanying persons include:
Participation in half day tour of Jerusalem, invitations to social events (not including Farewell Banquet) and two specially arranged half day tours scheduled to coincide with scientific sessions.

All participants including invited speakers should register. The Secretariat urges every participant to send in the registration form as soon as possible.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Refund of registration fees subject to notification of cancellation will be as follows:
Postmarked before August 31, 1996 - Full refund less US$ 50 handling fee
Postmarked from August 31, 1996 - 50% refund
Postmarked from October 31, 1996 - No refund
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Participants wishing to present a paper are requested to submit an abstract (on the enclosed abstract form) to the Secretariat no later than JUNE 15, 1996. Participants are encouraged to complete the registration form and submit together with registration fees as early as possible. Scheduling and publication in the Abstract Book is dependent on payment of registration fees.

In addition to the Book of Abstracts which will be distributed upon registration at the Conference, manuscripts will be requested from selected presenters which will be submitted for a journal publication.

LETTER OF INVITATION
Upon request, the Secretariat will send a personal invitation to participate in the Conference. It should be understood that such an invitation is only meant to help participants raise travel funds or obtain a visa and does not represent a commitment on the part of the Organizing Committee to provide financial support.

VISAS
For participants from most countries a visa is not required but we suggest you check with your travel agent. Citizens of countries without diplomatic relations with Israel should write directly to the Secretariat no later than one month prior to the Conference, giving the following information: Full name, nationality, date and place of birth, passport number, date and place of issue and expiry date, arrival and departure dates and flight numbers. The Secretariat will arrange for a visa to await you at the airport. (The fee for this service is to be paid directly to the authorities at Ben Gurion International Airport upon receipt of the visa).

EXHIBITION
A professional/commercial exhibition will take place within the framework of the Conference. For further information, please contact the Secretariat.

AIR TRAVEL
EL AL Israel Airlines is the official carrier of the Conference.
CLIMATE AND CLOTHING
The weather in Jerusalem in November is mild and clear during the day, and cooler at night. Temperatures range between 17 C during the day and 11 C at night. There is a possibility of rain. Clothing is informal for all occasions.

CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT
Please contact the Secretariat if you require any additional information or assistance. Address correspondence to:
EMERGING ZOONOSES
PO Box 29041, Tel Aviv 61290, Israel
Tel: +972 3 5175149/50, Fax: +972 3 5175155

TOUR OF JERUSALEM
Participants and registered accompanying persons are invited to participate in the half day tour of Jerusalem, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 26. Students/residents wishing to join the tour will be able to purchase tickets at the Conference venue.

ACCOMPANYING PERSONS PROGRAM

All registered accompanying persons are invited to join the following morning tours:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1996
Get to know Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple. Enjoy a guided visit of the Model of the Holy Land representing Jerusalem of 66AD. Continue to Yad Vashem, memorial of the Holocaust, before driving out to Ein Karem, a picturesque village.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1996
Visit Kibbutz Mitzpe Rachel, located within Jerusalem. Meet with members of the unique form of settlement to learn about their way of life. Continue to the Supreme Court of Israel for a guided tour.
TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION

TARGET TOURS LTD.
PO Box 29041, Tel Aviv 61290, Israel
Tel: +972 3 5175150, Fax: +972 3 5175155

Target Tours is the official travel agent for the 1st International Conference on Emerging Zoonoses and together with its agents will be offering specially reduced rates for accommodation and conference tours.

Hotel space has been blocked by Target Tours at the following hotels:

Single Room Twin/Double Room
(one person) (two people)
*Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza $ 125 $ 145
Park Plaza $ 96 $ 103
Jerusalem Gate $ 75 $ 85

*Conference Venue. Other hotels listed above are situated within a walking distance to the venue.

Hotel rates are per night, per room and include an Israeli buffet-style breakfast and service charge.

HOW TO BOOK
In order to benefit from the special rates, kindly ask your Travel Agent to contact TARGET TOURS or send enclosed Accommodation Form with the required deposit by AIRMAIL or at your earliest convenience.

TRANSFERS TO/FROM BEN GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Target Tours are offering participants a transfer service, on a car sharing basis, at an additional cost, as follows: *From Ben Gurion International Airport to Jerusalem US$ 30 From Jerusalem to Ben Gurion International Airport US$ 30 From Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion International Airport US$ 20

*Please send arrival details at least 3 weeks prior to arrival. Kindly indicate transfers required on the accommodation form.

PAYMENT
Payment for accommodation, and optional tours reserved directly by Target Tours, is payable (less deposit) upon arrival at the Target Tours Hospitality Desk at the venue, with a 3% surcharge. However, if full payment is made together with the reservation (at least one month prior to arrival), there will be no surcharge. Target Tours accepts travellers' checks, Eurocheques (in the currency of the issuing country) and major credit cards. Payment in Israeli currency is subject to Value Added Tax (currently 17%).

IMPORTANT NOTES
- Official check-in time to hotels is 14:00 and check-out is at 12:00
- Personal travel and health insurance is recommended.
- Target Tours reserves the right to change the hotel requested to those of a similar grade or better if they are unable to confirm those described in the brochure.
- All tours are booked on the express condition that Target Tours shall not be responsible for and shall be exempt from all liability in respect of any loss, damage, injury or accident, to any person or his or her luggage or any other property, for any reason  whatsoever.

CANCELLATION OF ACCOMMODATION
Up to 90 days prior to arrival - full refund of deposit, less bank charges.
Up to 45 days prior to arrival - cancellation charge of US$ 100 per room.
Thereafter - no refund.

TOURING
Optional tours throughout Israel will be offered to give participants an opportunity to visit the country.

PRE-CONFERENCE DAY TOURS

A. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1996
MASSADA, DEAD SEA, EIN GEDI
Price per person: US$ 75

B. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1996
OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM AND BETHLEHEM
Price per person: US$ 55

Day tours include pick-up and drop-off from official Conference Hotels, touring in an airconditioned motorcoach with the services of a licensed guide, lunch and entrance fees as per itinerary.

POST-CONFERENCE TWO-DAY/TWO-NIGHT GALILEE TOUR

C. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1996
BEIT SHEAN, NAZARETH AND YARDENIT
Dinner and overnight: Kibbutz Hotel Nof Ginossar or similar

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1996
CAPERNAUM, TABGHA, SEA OF GALILEE AND CAESAREA
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv or similar.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1996
Optional extensions in Israel or Petra, Jordan or departure for homebound flights

Price for single room (one person) US$ 380
Price for double room (two persons) US$ 580
Galilee tour includes:
Pick-up from official Conference Hotels, touring in an airconditioned motorcoach with the services of a licensed guide, entrance fees as per itinerary, boat ride to include lunch on the Sea of Galilee, and the following accommodation:
- 1 night including dinner and breakfast at a Kibbutz Hotel or similar
- 1 night including breakfast at a deluxe hotel in Tel Aviv


1ST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMERGING ZOONOSES November 24-28, 1996

REGISTRATION FORM

Please TYPE or PRINT in BLOCK LETTERS and AIRMAIL to:
Target Tours Ltd.
PO Box 29041, Tel Aviv 61290, Israel
Tel: +972 3 517 5150, Fax: +972 3 517 5155
Surname _________________________________________________
First Name/s ____________________________________________
Title: [ ]Prof. [ ]Dr. [ ]Mr. [ ]Ms.
Address _________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________
_________________________ City __________________________
ZIP Code ________________ Country _______________________
Tel: ___________________ Fax: __________________________
Name(s) of accompanying person(s):
Surname ________________________ First __________________
Surname ________________________ First __________________
REGISTRATION FEES
August 24, 1996
      Before After
Participant    [ ] $ 450 [ ] $ 500
Student/Resident*   [ ] S 225 [ ] S 250
Accompanying Person  [ ] $ 180 [ ] $ 200
Farewell Banquet $ 70 x ___ = $ _________
*Proof of status must be attached.
[ ] Enclosed please find cheque in amount of US$ ____________
payable to Emerging Zoonoses
[ ] I have made a *bank transfer of US$ ___________ as follows:
Bank Leumi, North Branch, 87 Ben Yehuda Street, Tel Aviv 29122,
Israel, to account number 804-215280/01
*Please ensure that names of participant(s) and Conference is clearly indicated
[ ] Charge US$ __________ to credit card as below:
[ ] American Express [ ] Diners Club [ ] Mastercard [ ] Visa
Credit Card No. _____________________ Expiry Date ________
SIGNATURE ______________________ DATE _____________________

1ST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMERGING ZOONOSES November 24-28, 1996

ACCOMMODATION FORM
Please TYPE or PRINT in BLOCK LETTERS and AIRMAIL to:
Target Tours Ltd.
PO Box 29041, Tel Aviv 61290, Israel
Tel: +972 3 517 5150, Fax: +972 3 517 5155
Surname _________________________________________________
First Name/s ____________________________________________
Title: [ ] Prof. [ Dr. [ ] Mr. [ ] Ms.
Accompanying person(s) __________________________________
Address _________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________
City ___________ ZIP Code ______ Country ________________
Tel: ______________________ Fax: ________________________
I/We require accommodation for the Conference as follows:
[ ]Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza [ ]Park Plaza [ ]Jerusalem Gate
Check-in date _________ Check-out date _________
No of Nights _________
[ ]Single occupancy [ ]*Double occupancy
*I will share my accommodation with ______________________
I/We also require reservations for the following tour/s:
[ ]Pre Tour - Massada November 23, _____ person(s)
[ ]Pre Tour - Jerusalem, November 24, _____ person(s)
[ ]Post Tour - Galilee, November 29-December 1, _____ person(s)

Arrival date: _______ Airline/Flight No. _______ at ______ hours
Departure date: _____ Airline/Flight No. _______ at ______ hours

Please arrange sharing transfer, price per person, for ____ person(s) as follows:
[ ]US$ 30 To Jerusalem [ ]US$ 30 From Jerusalem [ ]US$ 20 From Tel Aviv
All requests for accommodation must be accompanied by a deposit of US$200 per room.
Payment by:
[ ] cheque, payable to Target Tours, herewith enclosed.
[ ] bank transfer: Bank Leumi, North Branch, 87 Ben Yehuda St, Tel Aviv, Israel, 29122 for account number 804-271700/89, copy enclosed
[ ] credit card, [ ]Visa [ ]Mastercard [ ]Diners Club [ ]American Express
Credit Card No. ___________________ Expiry Date ___________________
I have read and understood the terms and conditions
SIGNATURE ________________________ Date __________________________


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