Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
September 21, 2000
TRENTON -- Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), came to New Jersey today to consult with state Health and Senior Services Commissioner Christine Grant and to visit public health programs in Bergen and Essex counties.
The two were expected to discuss West Nile Virus and other emerging infectious diseases, bioterrorism preparedness, AIDS and other issues.
The federal CDC directs the nation's response to West Nile Virus. Dr. Koplan joined the Commissioner in viewing Bergen County's program to manage the virus, which includes the use of Geographic Information System technology to direct mosquito control. To date, New Jersey has recorded two human cases of West Nile infection- a Jersey City man and a man with dual residency in New York and Bergen County.
Commissioner Grant and Dr. Koplan also visited two AIDS-related programs in Newark. They helped dedicate 40 new scattered-site housing units in Essex County for people with AIDS and toured the location of a new center to provide health and social services for children affected by AIDS.
Dr. Koplan is in New Jersey to attend a September 22 meeting of national leaders advising the Ellis Island New Jersey Foundation. The foundation is working to preserve the 30 abandoned structures on the island and develop a Public Health Learning Center on the immigrant experience and the development of public health at the end of the 19th Century.