VIENNA—Viruses often lurk in the most unexpected places, several scientists warned at the International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance , which was held here last weekend. And they were right. Within 24 hours of the meeting's end, participants received a high-priority e-mail asking them not to use the CD-ROM containing the speakers' PowerPoint presentations. The disks, which were sold for €15, are infected with the W32.Mabezat.B computer virus .
Carpe Diem, the Austrian company that produced the CD, says it will make the slides available on its Web site later this week. The good news: In contrast to many of the pathogens discussed at the meeting, antiviral treatment is available for this one.