FETP Investigations Highlighted during the 68th Annual EIS Conference


Since 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and TEPHINET have co-sponsored the FETP International Nights during the annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. FETP International Nights highlight the work of field epidemiology training program (FETP) fellows and recent graduates in outbreak investigation, public health surveillance strengthening, and emergency response. The EIS Conference focuses primarily on domestic (US) public health and draws diverse participation from EIS officers and alumni, doctors, epidemiologists, laboratory scientists, academics, and other public health experts from around the nation. FETP International Nights gives EIS Conference attendees an opportunity to network with and learn from the work of FETP trainees and graduates, and vice versa.

The theme of this year’s FETP International Nights, held on April 30 and May 1, 2019, was, “Strengthening Partnerships and Improving Global Health Security through Field Epidemiology Training, Surveillance, and Outbreak Response.” Over the course of two days, the event featured 22 scientific poster presentations and seven oral presentations. For the first time in EIS Conference history, two FETP abstracts (from Germany and Jordan) were selected for oral presentation during the daytime conference sessions. In addition, an exhibition of photos taken by FETP trainees depicting their work in action was displayed for the FETP International Nights Photo Contest.


The poster presentation night began at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, April 30 with a welcome message from Seymour Williams, the principal technical deputy for the Workforce and Institute Development Branch (WIDB) of the CDC Center for Global Health’s Division of Global Health Protection. Each poster presenter was introduced by Reina Turcios-Ruiz, a medical epidemiologist with WIDB, and given the opportunity to present a two-minute “pitch” to entice audience members to visit their poster in the gallery during the presentation session. At the end of the night, each poster presenter received a certificate of presentation from Kip Baggett, the chief of WIDB, and Patrick O’Carroll, the acting director of TEPHINET.

The poster presentations were as follows:

  • Agudey, Daniel – Ghana: Foodborne Disease Of Undetermined Etiology Among Patrons of a Local Eatery, Bibiani Township, Western Region, Ghana, 2018
  • Akyereko, Ernest – Ghana: Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 Outbreak in a Correctional Facility, Ghana, July-August 2018
  • Alfredo, Roygue – Angola: Risk Factors for Active Tuberculosis in HIV Patients on ART: Hospital Esperança, Luanda, Angola 2018
  • Al Omran, Ahmed - Saudi Arabia: Investigation of a Cluster of Hepatitis C Cases Associated with a Hemodialysis Center, Alahssa Region, Saudi Arabia, 2017-2018
  • Fatima, Munaza – Pakistan: Complications Associated with XDR Typhoid Fever Cases in Hospitalized Patients of District Hyderabad, Pakistan, 2017-2018
  • Gomez, Lara Victoria – Argentina: Situation of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Notification- Argentina, 2016-2017
  • Gunta, Mesay – Ethiopia: Re-emergence of Yellow Fever ̶ Southern Ethiopia, 2018
  • Jan, Salman - Saudi Arabia: A Massive Scabies Outbreak in Makkah Region, Western Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2018: Matched Case-Control Study
  • Kisaakye, Esther – Uganda (presented by Maureen Katusiime): Outbreak of Human Anthrax Associated with Handling and Eating Meat From A Cow that Died from Unknown Cause: Kween District, Uganda, April 2018
  • Maramraj, Kiran Kumar – India: Outbreak of Severe Skin And Soft Tissue Infection Including Necrotizing Fasciitis, in a Village of Telangana State, India, August 2018
  • Mefoug, Severin – Cameroon: Suspicion of Yaws-Buruli Ulcer Co-morbidity in Pygmy Children at Lolodorf Health District, South Region Cameroon, December 2017
  • Mitkie, Ayanaw – Ethiopia: Incidence and Predictors of Adverse Drug Reaction Among HIV-positive Adult Patients on Anti-retroviral Therapy: Government Hospitals of Kaffa Zone, Southern Ethiopia, November 2018
  • Mutabazi, Zabulon – Rwanda: Factors Associated With Home Delivery Among Mothers Reported in Rapid SMS System, Nyanza District, Southern Province, Rwanda, 2017
  • Nanzaluka, Francis – Zambia: Epidemic Cholera in Urban Lusaka: Groundwater and Contact with Patients as Risks
  • Nassar, Abdulkareem – Yemen (presented by Aisha Jumaan): Cutaneous Leishmania Outbreak at Bani Oshb Sub-district, Hajjah Governorate, Yemen, July 2018
  • Nsereko, Godfrey – Uganda: Malaria Outbreak Facilitated by Appearance of Vector Breeding Sites after Heavy Rainfall and Inadequate Preventive Measures: Nwoya District, Uganda, March–May 2018
  • Orozco, Marcela – Guatemala: Evaluation of the Surveillance System for Acute Neurologic Syndrome Associated with Zika – Northwest and Southwest Regions, Guatemala, 2016-2017
  • Plotogea, Amalia – Canada: Evaluation of the Enhanced Syphilis Surveillance System – British Columbia, Canada, 2018
  • Roy, Kaushik – India (Chennai): Cholera Outbreak Following a Training Camp: Shimoga District, Karnataka, India, 2018
  • Uwamahoro, Bibiane – Rwanda: Factors Associated with Unsuppressed Viral Load among HIV-positive Patients on Anti-retroviral Therapy, Gihundwe Hospital, Rusizi District, Rwanda, 2016-2017
  • Vighio, Anum – Pakistan: Risk Factors of Extensive Drug Resistant Typhoid Fever among Children in Karachi: A Case Control Study, 2018
  • Xia, Yunting – China: Contributing Factors to the Obesity Epidemic in China: Weight Perception and Control Behaviors

On the evening of Wednesday, May 1, a welcome was given by Kashef Ijaz, the principal deputy director of the CDC Center for Global Health’s Division of Global Health Protection, who also paid a brief tribute to Dionisio Herrera, the former director of TEPHINET, who passed away in December 2018. Ijaz introduced Stephen C. Redd, the deputy director for Public Health Service and Implementation Science at the CDC, who gave remarks on the significance of FETP for global public health. The former director of the CDC, Tom Frieden, was also in attendance, and gave a brief statement on his continued support for field epidemiology training programs, citing his oft-quoted belief that FETP is the most important thing CDC does in global health.

O’Carroll then introduced the oral presentation moderators, Rebecca Bunnell (the director of the CDC Office of Science) and Mufuta Tshimanga (the director of the Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Program). The oral presentations were as follows:

  • Chueh, Yu-Neng – Taiwan: Salmonellosis Outbreak in a Restaurant Associated with French Toast Sandwich—Chiayi County, Taiwan, 2018
  • Golicha, Qabale – Kenya: Factors Associated with Tuberculosis Treatment Interruption in Igembe South, Meru County, Kenya
  • Katelaris, Anthea – Australia: Investigation and Response to Australia’s Largest Outbreak of Leptospirosis – New South Wales, Australia, 2018
  • Kokuhabwa, Mukurasi Irene – Tanzania: Linkage into Care Among Newly Diagnosed HIV-infected Individuals in Njombe Region, Tanzania, 2017-2018: A Prospective Cohort
  • Assaf, Saed – Jordan (presented during the daytime conference sessions and in the evening): Prevalence, Awareness, Control, and Trend of Diabetes, Hypertension, and Dyslipidemia among Adults in Jordan: A Cross-sectional Study, 2018
  • Singh, Akhileshwar – India: Risk Factors for Melioidosis in Udupi District, Karnataka, India, January 2017-July 2018
  • Marquis, Adine – Germany (presented during the daytime conference sessions): Impact of the Recommendation for Routine Rotavirus Vaccination in Infants and Vaccine Uptake in Germany, 2013-2018

Note: The following abstract was accepted for oral presentation, but the presenter could not attend due to travel issues:

Lehlewa, Asaad Mahdi Asaad – Iraq: Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Outbreak in Diyala Governorate, Iraq, 2018

Award Ceremony and Winners

After the conclusion of the oral presentations, Kip Baggett and Patrick O’Carroll presented awards to the winners of the photo contest and to the recipients of the Jeffrey P. Koplan Award for Excellence in Poster Scientific Presentation and the William H. Foege Award for Excellence in Oral Scientific Presentation. The winners were as follows.

Field Epidemiology Photo Contest (see photo gallery below):

  • 1st place winner: Tamuno-Wari Numbere, Nigeria
  • 2nd place winner: Kusnia Wati Rayahu, Indonesia
  • 3rd place winner: Sanam Hussain, Pakistan
  • Facebook winner: Shimaa Abdallah Gebelly, Egypt

Jeffrey P. Koplan Award for Excellence in Poster Scientific Presentation: Munaza Fatima (Pakistan): "Complications Associated with XDR Typhoid Fever Cases in Hospitalized Patients of District Hyderabad, Pakistan, 2017-2018"

William H. Foege Award for Excellence in Oral Scientific Presentation: Mukurasi Irene Kokuhabwa (Tanzania): "Linkage into Care Among Newly Diagnosed HIV-infected Individuals in Njombe Region, Tanzania, 2017-2018: A Prospective Cohort”

Save the Date: FETP International Night 2020

The 69th annual EIS Conference will be held in Atlanta from May 4-7, 2020. During this event, TEPHINET and CDC will co-sponsor the 20th FETP International Night. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for what is sure to be an exciting and inspiring event!

Photo Contest Winners

VIDEO: Oral Presentations and Award Ceremony

May 1, 2019

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