CDC to train Indian scientists in fight against biothreats

Starting in 2012, approximately 10 Indian scientists will receive training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta through the facility's Epidemic Intelligence Service Program.
The elite two year post-doctoral training program will give the scientists special attention in field work and will train them on how to investigate and contain serious public health threats, The Times of India reports.
"Our top doctors will go through this course. This project is part of the Global Disease Prevention pact signed between U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last year," Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the CDC's Atlanta director, said, according to the The Times of India.
Officers with EIS have to deal with the worst public health threats, including hantavaris, anthrax and Ebola outbreaks. Since it was formed in 1951, over 3,000 EIS officials have responded to requests for epidemiologic assistance within the U.S. and throughout the world. EIS officials are on the front line of public health, conducting research, epidemiologic investigations and public health surveillance both at home and abroad.
"The course will take place within India," Dr. Frieden said, according to The Times of India. "The mentors will be trained epidemiologists from India and CDC. When these 10 scientists graduate, they will become mentors for a larger group. The main focus is to train them in detecting and stopping the spread of infectious diseases, besides handling environment poisoning , injuries, heart attack and stroke."
In 2010, New Delhi and Washington signed an agreement to set up a new global disease detection center in India in India's National Center for Disease Control. The lab is the seventh set up by the CDC globally and will help to coordinate responses and support the World Health Organization's global outbreak alert and response network.