Congress Theme: Application of Epidemiological Methods in Response to Public Health Emergencies
Date: 30-31 March, 2021
ABOUT THE Conference
Throughout the history of mankind, several infectious disease pandemics affected the world, for example, COVID-19, Ebola, Influenza, plague, smallpox, cholera etc. During the pandemics, epidemiological approaches played a key role to understand the natural history of the disease and to identify measures to control and contain the pandemic, protected health and saved lives. Field Epidemiology, a newer specialty of epidemiology, is contributing globally by developing a workforce trained in applied epidemiology to stay vigilant and combat public health emergencies.
Every country of the world facing the same global challenges of the pandemics of novel emerging and re-emerging infectious pathogens. The recent COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the importance of preparedness in epidemiological and public health aspects of a country. Epidemiologists around the world are synchronizing different approaches to find out the answers put forwarded by COVID-19 infection.
Earlier in this century the world also experienced an epidemiological transition to non-communicable diseases from communicable diseases. Therefore, we need to encourage public health professionals to develop scientific knowledge and recommend innovative and acceptable prevention strategies to control both communicable and non-communicable diseases.
With the vision of sharing knowledge and increase the countries capacity Field Epidemiology Training Program, Bangladesh (FETP,B) of the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) and, Epidemiological Association of Bangladesh jointly organizing a two days online ‘1st Bangladesh Congress of Epidemiology and Public Health’ on March 30-31, 2021 with the support from Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA (US CDC). This platform will enable epidemiologists, young researchers, public health professionals and field epidemiologists from Bangladesh and different countries around the globe to share their experience in the field of public health. Moreover, this conference will provide a unique opportunity for the fellows and graduates of the Field Epidemiology Training Program, Bangladesh (FETP,B) to share their fieldwork to the national and international public health community. Furthermore, it will also create a global network for public health experts in preventing future pandemics.
The thematic areas of the abstracts are:
Abstract Submission Guideline
All abstracts must be written in English. Each person is allowed to submit two abstracts as primary author. Early submission will increase the chance of acceptance.
FETP,B will assign two qualified epidemiologists from our pool of abstract reviewers to review each submitted abstract. Abstracts will be considered as candidates for either oral or poster sessions. Once an abstract is accepted by FETP,B, the Scientific Committee will conduct another review and make the final selection for oral or poster presentation.
Email for submission of abstract.
By early March, authors of selected abstracts will receive an e-mail on the results of their abstract review. Authors will receive guidelines on the structure and delivery of their oral or poster presentation.
For further information please e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
(This call for abstract is developed based on the-Call for Abstracts: 10th Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Bi-regional TEPHINET Scientific Conference)
Instructions for Writing Abstracts
• Type and save your abstract in word processing software such as Microsoft Word, Pages (for Apple), or Google Docs; then copy and paste your abstract from your document into our web-based abstract submission system (link above). See the sample abstract below for the required format.
• Abstracts are limited to 300 words. The word count excludes the headings of the structured abstract (Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions) and the title and authors’ names. You can easily obtain your word count by selecting the the abstract and then choosing the “Word Count” command in the “Tools” menu of MS Word or of Google Docs.
• Justification: The abstract text must be left-aligned only (not centered or right-aligned).
• Do not include graphics r tables in your abstract.
The web-based system, will request the following information:
1. Authors and Training Program Affiliation: Have the following information with you when you submit an abstract online.
Name and email address of primary author (presenter)
Names and email addresses of co-author/s (Please ensure that all of your co-authors have agreed to being listed on the paper prior to submitting your abstract.)
Home country in which FETP is based as well as the FETP host institution (university, ministry of health, etc.)
Name of FETP Program Director
Email address of FETP Program Director
Status of primary author: current trainee or graduate/alumnus
Year graduated or expected to graduate (if current trainee)
Be brief. Avoid subtitles if possible.
Capitalize major words only. Capitalize the second component of hyphenated terms. Do
NOT use abbreviations or acronyms in title.
Give geographic location (country, province or city) and dates of study or investigation. Do not abbreviate geographic locations; separate them from the rest of the title by an m-dash, e.g., Dengue Fever Outbreak — Ho Chi Minh City, 2015.
3. Abstract Text
Structure the abstract using the following subheadings to identify each section: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions.
Each subheading should be typed flush left, in bold font, and followed by a colon.
The Background section should address both 1) the public health significance of the subject and 2) the scientific background and rationale for the study (see sample abstract).
The Results section must contain data. It should not include such statements as "Data will be discussed." If considerable work is needed before the conference, please state in the
abstract that results are preliminary.
Because of time constraints, changes cannot be made to the abstract after it is submitted.
You may find, however, that the results and conclusions of the study do change, based on data analysis done after submission. If your abstract is accepted and significant changes have been made after submission of the abstract, please highlight the changes in your presentation, whether oral or poster.
4. Key Words
Please include 4-6 key words; use terms listed in the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) from the Index
5. Topic of abstract: A list of topics will be provided on the online submission portal. You will be asked to select 1 or 2 topics from this list.
Hsin-I Huang, Wan Chin, Wan-Ting Huang, I-chen Cheng, Fang-tzy Wu
Norovirus GII.2 foodborne outbreak in three schools – Hualien, Taiwan, June 2017
Background: Since late 2016, a previously uncommon norovirus genotype GII.2 caused gastroenteritis outbreaks in Taiwan schools, but the transmission mode was largely unknown. On June 8, 2017, Taiwan CDC was notified of > 490 students with gastroenteritis in two elementary and one junior high schools in Hualien, whose lunch was served by the same caterer. We conducted an investigation to identify the implicated foods and causative pathogens.
Methods: We interviewed junior high school students on foods consumed at school. Students were defined as a case if he/she ate school lunch on June 6-8, and had vomiting or diarrhea within 72 hours after eating school lunch. We conducted case-control analyses by day using asymptomatic students who ate school lunch as controls, and calculated odds ratios (ORs) of consumed foods. Stool specimens from students and food workers, leftovers, and environmental specimens were tested for foodborne pathogens. Norovirus-positive specimens were genotyped.
Results: Of 503 students enrolled, 230 (46%) met the case definition; 68% reported vomiting and 63%
reported diarrhea. Illness was associated with eating spaghetti (OR = 3.10, 95% confidence interval [CI]
1.20–7.98) and bean sprouts (OR = 1.67, 95% CI 1.04–2.67) on June 7; median time from school lunch to illness onset was 34 hours. The caterer’s four kitchens prepared lunch for 17 schools; spaghetti was provided by the same kitchen to all affected schools whereas bean sprouts were provided by another kitchen to affected and nonaffected schools. Stool specimens from six ill students and two asymptomatic food workers were positive for norovirus GII.2. Environmental investigation found lack of designated hand wash sinks in food preparation areas.
Conclusions: Spaghetti contaminated with norovirus GII.2 was the most likely vehicle of this foodborne outbreak. We recommended proper hand hygiene of the food workers and redesign of the workplace for enhanced access to hand-washing facilities.
1. Background and rationale for study
Is the problem clearly described and of high public health importance?
Are epidemiologic comparisons clearly stated?
Are critical definitions clearly stated or obvious (for example, case, principal exposure)? Do the selected methods correspond with the nature of study and study questions?
Is a clear and easy-to-follow sequence of methods presented?
Are essential methods described with precision and avoid undefined terms or jargon?
Overall methods: where they appropriate and adequately described?
Data Analysis/Statistics: where they appropriate and adequately described (p-values, confidence limits, etc.)
Originality: was the study/investigation cutting edge/novel approach?
Are the results relevant to the problem and reported in sufficient detail?
Are the recommendations clear, feasible and supported by the results?
Will this study/investigation produce a change in practice or policy?
Was an effect on the health of the population at risk demonstrated or reported?
6. Overall Impression
Is the writing clear and brief?
Is there a logical sequence and cohesiveness among all abstract sections?
Are proper and simple terms used to describe methods and discuss findings?