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ESCMID Symposium

23 April 2009, Valletta, Malta

Second International Day for Fighting Infection

To celebrate its Silver Jubilee, we organized a one-day symposium, held in Barcelona on 23 April 2008 - St. George's Day - and celebrating the First European Day of Fighting Infection.

The image of St. George slaying the dragon is popular throughout Europe as a well-known and widely acknowledged symbol for the victory over evil, confusion and disease. Thus, it perfectly reflects ESCMID's commitment to combatting all sorts of infections and helping people to live a fuller life.

In 2009 our initiative, renamed as the Second International Day for Fighting Infection, is joined by a number of European Societies of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, and Chemotherapy, together with the International Society of Chemotherapy (ISC) and the International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID).

The symposium was held in Malta once again on St. George?s Day (23 April) and focussed on the contagion scare and its importance in shaping the past, present and - presumably - future life on our Continent, with a strong accent on its socio-economic impact and connotations.

Group photo
Faculty and the Malta Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Joseph Cassar, at the 2nd International Day of Fighting Infection
Scientific Programme

Webcasts of all presentations

  • Combatting the Black Death at the infancy of Europe: prevention or exorcism?
  • The role of the Knights Hospitallers in preventing spreading of infections
  • Leprosy, a paradigm for contagion and isolation
  • Venice, its Lazzaretto and the Mediterranean Sea
  • Istanbul: a gate against incoming diseases from Central Asia
  • Cholera, quarantine and the English preventive system
  • Quarantine and the Americas: a story of poverty and immigration
  • Preventing the spread of viral diseases in the global village

2nd Infection Day Leaflet

Get the Symposium Leaflet as pdf file