Welcome to RITA XXII!

Dear colleagues,

On the behalf of the RITA International Steering Committee and the RITA XXII Organizing Committee, we are pleased to invite you to the 22nd International Conference on Rabies in the Americas (RITA) to be held October 16- 21, 2011 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since its humble beginnings in 1990, RITA has continued to grow and is currently the largest and longest running annual conference on rabies in the world. RITA XX in Quebec, Canada, and most recently RITA XXI in Guadalajara, Mexico hosted hundreds of delegates from over 20 countries spread over five continents. This conference provides delegates the opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from around the world throughout weeklong activities. The RITA XXII Organizing Committee hopes to meet and excel the quality of the scientific offerings that has characterized this conference in the past, and not to disappoint in our offerings of social activities spiced with the flavors of the Caribbean.

We welcome the opportunity to bring this prestigious international conference where research scientists, public health experts, wildlife biologists, rabies program managers and anyone interested in advancing knowledge about rabies, have the opportunity to meet, discuss and make presentations in this public health problem affecting animals and humans. We hope that by hosting RITA XXII we will be able to attract participants from the Caribbean basin into discussing the intricate rabies problem facing this region.

Once again on behalf of the RITA XXII Organizing Committee we invite you to visit us and hope to greet you this October in this beautiful island of wondrous enchantments.

Best regards,

Brenda Rivera, DVM
President, RITAXXII
Organizing Committee