Swine flu stalks the ACC conference

ICIS Houston managing editor Stephen Burns survived the ACC conference, and sends this tale and video …


The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has revealed that an attendee at its annual meeting in Colorado Springs earlier this month had contracted the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.


“Our information indicates that this individual arrived to the Annual Meeting feeling under the weather and was formally diagnosed once onsite,” the ACC said in an email distributed to participants last Friday (19 June.)


“We are happy to report that this individual is doing well and has returned to work,” it said, without identifying the individual or the company concerned.


More than 300 participants from 110 companies were at the meeting on 10-11 June, including many top executives.


Attendees were generally positive over the new venue, despite some grumbling over how hard is was to putt on the super-slick greens of The Broadmoor (not to be confused with the UK’s notorious high-security psychiatric hospital) resort’s three golf courses.


There was one advantage for the golfers, though - in the thin air at The Broadmoor’s altitude of 6,500 feet (2,000 metres), everyone found their drives were going further than usual.



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