October 6, 2003

Gary Stephenson
PHONE: 410-955-5384
E-MAIL: gstephenson@jhmi.edu

Trent Stockton
PHONE: 410-955-8665
E-MAIL: tstockt1@jhmi.edu

Respiratory Illness Experts

The specter of the coming flu season is made particularly ominous this year by the threat of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Most infectious disease experts predict the disease will return this year. Because the symptoms of SARS can resemble those of many respiratory illnesses, experts say everyone should be especially aware of the signs you may have a respiratory illness.

Influenza (often called the flu) and colds are the most common infections of the respiratory system, according to the American Lung Association. These infections can be especially dangerous for the elderly, the very young, and those with impaired immune systems. With the winter months fast approaching, its time to review how to prevent cold and flu in your home and workplace.

Experts at Johns Hopkins can help, answering questions about how to be on alert for the symptoms of respiratory infections, how to treat them and what precautions can be taken to avoid them.

These Johns Hopkins Experts Include:

Trish Perl, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control.

John Bartlett, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases.

Gabor Kelen, MD, Professor and Director of Emergency Medicine, Director of the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR).

Paul Auwaerter, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine.

To contact these experts, call Gary Stephenson at 410-955-5384 (gstephenson@jhmi.edu) or Trent Stockton at 410-955-8665 (tstockt1@jhmi.edu)


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