Biologia, Bratislava, 56/Suppl. 9: 1, 2001.

ISSN 0006-3088 (Biologia). ISSN 1335-6399 (Biologia. Section Cellular and Molecular Biology).


Guest Editorial

2nd Meeting of Microbiological-Epidemiological Society of the Slovak Medical Society: 21 – 23 September 2000, High Tatra Mountains, Slovakia.


On 21 – 23 September 2000 The Second Meeting of Microbiological–Epidemiological Society of SMS took place in a nice scenery of Strbske Pleso at the Panorama hotel.

46 lectures and 21 posters were presented at the meeting. The topics were so wide that there was not enough time left for a longer discussion to the most interesting problems. In the beginning of the meeting, the committee represented by its president Prof. MUDr. D. Kotulova, PhD. awarded V. Prikazsky, MD, CSc. with a golden medal of MES SMS at the occasion of his seventieth birthday and greeted the members of the Society celebrating their anniversaries.

The first part of the programme was dedicated to a survey of new and newly recognized infectious diseases, their global occurrence and the factors contributing to their spread. To this group belongs also tuberculosis although its incidence in Slovakia is decreasing. Tuberculosis is the world’s number one in infectious diseases causing death. This is connected especially with a high increase rate of the disease in South-east Asia and Africa and with the occurrence of multiresistant M. tuberculosis strains. Our attention was attracted also by encephalitis caused by new paramyxoviruses, which caused epidemics in the years 1998–99 in Malaysia and belong to newly recognized diseases with a very serious course of infection.

To the serious problems belong also nosocomial infections to which we gave a lot of attention during our meetings. Incidence of serious mycotic septic infections and infections caused by coagulase - negative staphylococci and enterococci is still increasing.

An interesting lecture was presented by Prof. H. Hazelwood III, M.D. from Liverpool concerning a role of breast-feeding in prevention of serious intestinal infections in children.

The topics of several lectures and posters were dealing with the problem of bacterial resistance to anti-infectious drugs and spread of these strains in a population of ambulatory and hospitalized patients. It still has been a serious problem for the therapy of infections which will result in increasing costs for the treatment.

Part of the contributions was dedicated to the infectious epidemiology and epidemiology of diseases with immunopathological pathogenesis. A wide space was offered to vaccination in the Slovak Republic, its effectiveness and the benefits coming from compulsory vaccination expenditures.

We would be pleased if our invitation to the conference had been accepted by more colleagues from the Society for Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Czech Medical Society, so we could have the opportunity to re-establish our contacts.

In the beautiful surroundings of our mountains we also had the opportunity to spend a few moments walking in the evergreen forests and thus connect  professional benefits with a friendly conversation in the rays of the autumn sun.



Daniela Kotulova

Guest Editor