The First International Congress of the World Association for Infectious Diseases and Immunological Disorders (WAidid) met Feb. 20 in Milan, Italy.
Experts from around the world convened to discuss many of the infectious disease outbreaks, both past and present.
One of the main topics at the convention was the Zika virus, which has spread rapidly throughout Latin America. Cases of the disease are now being reported in the U.S., as well.
Other infectious diseases also received attention, as the threat of them is always on the surface. Tuberculosis and meningitis are two of the diseases mentioned by name. Also on the list was Ebola, which recently ravaged West African nations.
"I am pleased to see colleagues and friends who, like me, supported the foundation of WAidid," Susanna Esposito, president of WAidid, said. "During these three days, we will examine themes of great interest -- such as emerging pathogens like the virus Zika -- that is (sic) rapidly spreading in several countries: the meningitis alert; tuberculosis, a re-emerging disease; the new European guidelines for the vaccination of adults and older people; vaccines for chronically ill patients, which will be the theme of the talk show closing the works of the congress."