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Media Advisory — American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
Released: 11/8/2000

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
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WHO: U.S. Geological Survey at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

WHAT: Environmental Science and Human Health: An Exhibitor Workshop
The workshop will explore environmental threats to human health and describe how health organizations and the USGS can form effective partnerships for public-health protection.

WHERE: Hynes Center; Room 105
Boston, Massachusetts

WHEN: November 12, 2000
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

WHY: Signs of environmental threats to human health are everywhere: West Nile Virus spreads among birds, mosquitoes, and people; cancer and reproductive failure are linked to arsenic, pesticides and other chemicals are found in water; most states have fish-consumption advisories because of toxic mercury in sport-fish; arsenic is released from burning coal; and dust blown from Africa to North America and the Caribbean harbors harmful chemicals and microbes.

Recent partnerships between the USGS and the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute for Environmental Health Science, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other public-health organizations have helped to provide a better understanding of the nature of environmental health threats. At the USGS, the nation’s largest water, earth and biological science and civilian mapping agency, that understanding is enhanced through systematic monitoring and data collection, sophisticated geographic analysis, and basic research.

For additional information about the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting visit http://www.apha.org/meetings/

The USGS serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

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