SOURCE: PathCon Labs

April 30, 2007 08:30 ET

PathCon® Experts Ready Corporations for Disease Outbreak Situations

Company's Expertise Brings High-Level Investigation and Consultation to Clients

NORCROSS, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 30, 2007 -- PathCon Laboratories, the public health microbiology experts, today announced the development of its high-level outbreak investigation and consulting team, including key industry leaders J. Donald Millar, M.D., D.T.P.H., Ruth Berkelman, M.D. and W. Dana Flanders, M.D., D.Sc., M.P.H. The formation of the team highlights PathCon's evolving vision for the future of the public health industry and the company's commitment to providing its clients with CDC-level outbreak investigations and prevention programs otherwise not accessible to the private sector.

"The quality of the PathCon consulting team is unmatched -- these are some of the most respected figures in the industry," said PathCon President and CEO Brian Shelton. "Our team comprises the disciplines needed to cover virtually any type of outbreak -- from Legionnaires' Disease and Norovirus to pandemic flu and intentional bio-threats. And, our people are not just figureheads -- they are out in the field, conducting the investigations, providing the consultation and performing the research that influences decisions in the industry."

Among PathCon's team of experts are:

-- J. Donald Millar, M.D., D.T.P.H. (LOND.), is a former Assistant Surgeon General and former two-term director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Dr. Millar was the inaugural director of CDC's Center for Environmental Health Center and directed CDC's smallpox eradication program.

-- Ruth Berkelman, M.D. is internationally known for her work in public health surveillance and infectious diseases and currently serves as the Rollins Professor and director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. She is a world authority on influenza and is a member of the Institute of Medicine, serving on committees advising government agencies and others on issues related to biologic threats, both naturally occurring and terrorist-related.

-- W. Dana Flanders, M.D., D.Sc., M.P.H., is board certified in Preventive Medicine and has published approximately 100 papers on epidemiology-related research. Dr. Flanders is a professor in the School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta where he teaches courses on epidemiological methodology and study design. His work at PathCon includes quantifying the health risks related to exposure to environmental Legionella bacteria, developing Legionella sampling strategies, association of hypersensitivity pneumonitis in metal workers with mycobacteria in metal-working fluids, and health risks associated with indoor exposure to toxigenic fungi.

About PathCon

PathCon Laboratories, the public health microbiology experts, was founded in 1986 by former CDC scientists to provide services in indoor air quality and safety for the private sector. The company has since evolved into one of the nation's most respected outbreak, laboratory and consulting resources. It provides Fortune 500 companies, environmental health firms, engineering firms, industrial hygienists, hospitals and the hospitality industry with expertise in microbiology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, medicine and disease prevention. PathCon's world-renowned experts make the decisions that craft government policy and industry standards that other labs follow. PathCon delivers the most accurate, high-quality, expert laboratory analysis and consulting to its clients, setting the lab-testing standard for the environmental health industry. For additional information, visit

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