Sabin Executive Vice President Dr. Ciro de Quadros issued the following statement today regarding the death of Dr. Calil K. Farhat:

“The death of Calil is a great loss to the entire community of health professionals dedicated to the control of communicable diseases. He was an inspiration and a role model for all with his permanent dedication and enthusiasm. In the last few years, he was a major force with the Sabin Vaccine Institute's Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE) in advancing the cause for the control of pneumococcal disease,”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Dr. Farhat died September 8, 2010 in São Paulo, Brazil. He was a titular professor in the Pediatrics Department of Federal University of São Paulo and titular professor of infectious diseases on the medicine faculty of Marilia, São Paulo, Brazil.