‘Ebola: The Crisis and the Facts’ – a panel discussion with experts

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Public welcome to Fairfield University event exploring latest knowledge about Ebola outbreak

Alexander van Tulleken, MD, MPH, infectious disease specialistWhen: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at 7 p.m.

What: Free and open to the public, a panel discussion will be held at Fairfield University on the deadly Ebola virus and developing crisis, ‘Ebola: The Crisis and the Facts.’

It will feature a representative from AmeriCares, a Stamford, Conn.-based non-profit helping people in crisis worldwide, and a leading infectious disease specialist from Fordham University.

According to the World Health Organization, the current outbreak in West Africa, which had its first cases reported in March of 2014, is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the virus was first detected in 1976. Agenda topics include the response to the crisis, and what programs are in place to help people in affected countries.

Where: Fairfield University’s Walsh Art Gallery, located in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. (For directions, visit http://www.fairfield.edu/directions/).

Who: -Alexander van Tulleken, MD, MPH, infectious disease specialist and the Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow at Fordham University’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs.  He has recently appeared on ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,’ CNN, CNBC and Fox 5.

-Karl Erdmann, AmeriCares associate director of emergency response. The organization has shipped thousands of pounds of medicine, medical supplies and protective equipment to West Africa from Stamford to help aid workers fight the outbreak that has devastated the region and killed thousands.

- There will also be an African dance performance by Aly Tatchol Camara and the Kouffin Kanecke Dance Company. 

Background: The event is co-sponsored by Fairfield University’s School of Nursing, and the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN), an endeavor overseen at Fairfield by the University’s Center for Faith and Public Life.  All are welcome to this event.   

Image: Picture is of Alexander van Tulleken, MD, MPH, infectious disease specialist.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on December 2, 2014

Vol. 47, No. 129

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