American Christian Fiction Writers. This year, it's at the Hyatt at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.
In case you haven't heard, this area is the epicenter for cases of West Nile Virus this year. There have been multiple deaths, most of them elderly people or those with pre-existing health problems. The whole thing is scary. So, what can you do to protect yourself while you're here?
West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected mosquito. Health authorities have carried out an extensive campaign of ground and aerial spraying of a chemical to reduce the population of infected mosquitoes, and it appears to be working. (And, lest you have fears about the spraying, it should be done by conference time, and it has a great track record of safety for humans). But West Nile cases will probably continue to show up through September. To protect yourself, simply get an insect repellant, preferably one that contains DEET (check the label), and use it before going outside. You might also want to avoid perfumes and colognes, but the conference asks you to do this anyway.
What about flu? The flu vaccine may or may not be available in your area yet, but as soon as it is, I'd advise taking it. We just took ours, as we have done for years. Meanwhile, when you're around crowds (such as in an airport, airplane, crowded car or train, or--oh, yes--at a conference), cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands frequently, using soap and warm water and maintaining the activity long enough to sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" a couple or three times. (If you like, you can sing the Alphabet Song instead.)
Nothing fancy--just common sense advice. Hope you take it. And have a great conference.