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    There is a public event about Ebola and health risks at the WOSU studio in COSI on 10/16 from 7-8:30pm – several experts will be there to discuss the issue and answer questions from the audience… below is info on the event

    Ebola Pandemic? Bird Flu? Zombie Virus? Viral Flows of Information and Health Risks from Infectious Disease Outbreaks

    Presented by Health Science Frontiers

    Thursday October 16, 2014 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Doors open 6:30 p.m. | At [email protected] Studios

    Populations have been exposed to several major disease outbreaks in recent years, both globally and nationally. The bird flu, swine flu and now major Ebola pandemic in Africa have swept over the world within a few years. More recently, the United States has experienced a resurgence of disease outbreaks, such as the mumps and measles, in many American communities and college campuses — including in Ohio. Our entertainment media has not gone uninfluenced by these health threats, producing multiple television programs and movies focused on deadly disease outbreaks ranging from bird flu to zombie viruses.

    But what are the actual health risks from these infectious diseases, both major and minor? What are the factors driving this spread of old and new viruses? Has the public been well served by our media when reporting on these cases? Are they accurately reporting the risks and how to address the outbreaks, or are they feeding public fears and panic for ratings? What do we need to know to be best prepared?

    Please join us for a public conversation, moderated by former WOSU radio host Fred Andrle, exploring these topics and more with a panel of local and national medical, media, and risk communication experts on October 16th at the [email protected] studios from 7pm to 8:30pm. The event is free and open to the general public with seating beginning at 6:30pm. Attendees will be able to participate in the panel discussion during the Q&A session.

    Panel Experts

    Dr. Larry S. Schlesinger, Chair, Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity at the OSU College of Medicine

    Dr. Vicki Friemuth, Director of the Southern Center for Communication, Health, & Poverty at the University of Georgia

    Richard Harrris, Science Correspondent, National Public Radio

    Please RSVP your attendance to [email protected] by October 15th, 2014.

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