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Biosecurity expert Michael Osterholm to speak at MSUM

MOORHEAD—Michael Osterholm, an expert in infectious disease epidemiology and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, will present a free public talk on "Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Minnesota State University Moorhead's Langseth Hall, Room 104, 600 11th St. S.

Osterholm is co-author with Mark Olshaker of the book of the same title that was released March 14. The book draws on the latest medical science, case studies, policy research and epidemiological lessons to stay safe from infectious disease.

Osterholm is a national leader in the use of biological agents as catastrophic weapons targeting civilian populations. After 9/11, he served as special adviser to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson on issues related to bioterrorism and public health preparedness.

Osterholm will be available for book signings after his talk.