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Naegleria fowleri: Public health response to municipal water-associated cases in Texas and Louisiana
As summer approaches and recreational water activities increase, it is important for public health laboratories to be aware of environmental microbes that can live in water such as Naegleria fowleri. This amoeba can grow in warm, fresh water and can cause serious harm if contaminated water enters the body through the nose. Join this webinar to hear how the Louisiana Department of Health and the Texas Department of State Health Services responded to municipal water-associated Naegleria fowleri cases in their jurisdictions.

May 25, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Mia Mattioli
Environmental Engineer @CDC
Dr. Mattioli is an environmental engineer and serves as the Domestic PI for the Centers for Disease Control’s Environmental Microbiology and Engineering Laboratory Team of the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch within the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases. She also serves as the science and engineering lead for the National Wastewater Surveillance System within COVID-19 response at CDC.
Christa Cook
Lead Epidemiologist for the Invasive Respiratory Infectious Diseases (IRID) Program @Texas Department of State Health Services
Christa Cook is the lead epidemiologist for the Invasive Respiratory Infectious Diseases (IRID) Program at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). She has worked in this role at DSHS for a year now, but has been a practicing infectious disease epidemiologist in regional and local health departments for over 5 years. She has a passion for communicable diseases and public health and has investigated various cases and outbreaks including foodborne, hospital acquired, zoonotic and respiratory conditions over the years.
Ryan Wallace
Epidemiologist for the Invasive Respiratory Infectious Diseases (IRID) Program @Texas Department of State Health Services
Ryan Wallace has been an epidemiologist at the Texas Department of State Health Services for over three years, and currently works as part of the Invasive & Respiratory Infectious Disease (IRID) team.
John Williams
Deputy Chief Engineer of Field Operations for Engineering Services @Louisiana Department of Health
John Williams is a Deputy Chief Engineer of Field Operations for Engineering Services at the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health. He has been with the agency since 2001, and has served as Deputy Chief Engineer since 2017. With an area of responsibility covering about one half of the state, Mr. Williams oversees the work of about 26 other public servants within the State's Safe Drinking Water Program. He has a B.S. in civil engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in environmental engineering.