Figure 1. Bradley A. Perkins, Guest Editor. Dr. Perkins is chief, Meningitis and Special Pathogens Branch, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has technical responsibility for the epidemiologic and laboratory aspects of Bacillus anthracis, and selected other bacterial agents of public health importance. Dr. Perkins led the CDC field team in the investigation of the index case of inhalational anthrax in Florida and participated broadly in the 2001 anthrax investigation and response. His research interests include vaccine evaluation, bacterial meningitis, bioterrorism, and emerging infectious diseases. He has worked extensively on the control and prevention of meningococcal disease in the United States, Africa, and around the globe
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