DHVI and SERCEB Response to Hurricane Katrina Disaster


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September 6, 2005

The Duke Human Vaccine Institute and the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infections are mobilizing in the following manner to help with the devastating destruction of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. First, SERCEB is making a directory of all researchers and physicians in the Southeast who are willing to help, and cataloguing their clinical expertise, willingness to go to the area to provide medical care, willingness to perform laboratory tests in the event of an infectious disease outbreak, and willingness to consult on patient cases by phone. Duke, Emory and UAB hospitals have been put on alert and Emory and UAB are already receiving patients from the affected areas. The University of Mississippi Hospital is operating at full capacity with injured and sick Gulf Coast residents.

Second, the NIH has indicated that it will facilitate SERCEB laboratories to take affected New Orleans and Gulf Coast scientists as guest scientists until laboratories are up and running again. 
Contact sources for what support is available from the NIH and what the RCEs are doing to help in the Gulf Coast region are:
Elaine Fitzsimons at Duke, elaine.fitzsimons@duke.edu
Fred Sparling at UNC-CH, zman@med.unc.edu
Richard Whitley at UAB, rwhitley@peds.uab.edu
David Stephens at Emory, dstep01@emory.edu
Jay Levine at NCSU, Jay_Levine@ncsu.edu
(Re: Food Supply Contamination and Water borne illnesses. Also see: http://www.fsrrn.net )
Rona Hirschberg at the NIH, rhirschberg@niaid.nih.gov