Johnson County Science Café : November 4th

Ebola: Past, Present, Future

Speaker: Dr. Catherine Satterwhite, University of Kansas Medical School
Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health

Date: November 4, 2014 This is election day. Make plans to vote before you come.

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Coaches Bar and Grill, 9089 W. 135th Street, one block west of 135th and Antioch, south side of 135th St.

The first outbreak of Ebola occurred almost 40 years ago, in Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo). That outbreak resulted in an estimated 318 cases. Since that time, there have been an additional 33 documented Ebola outbreaks. The current outbreak, with over 4,500 confirmed cases, is by far the largest documented outbreak in history. During this café, we will be discussing the history of Ebola outbreaks, how Ebola is transmitted, public health strategies used to control Ebola outbreaks, and the current Ebola outbreak, including the role of politics and economics and international efforts to address the outbreak.

Catherine Lindsey Satterwhite is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas Medical School. Dr. Satterwhite is an infectious disease epidemiologist who spent over 10 years working for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), first in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, then in the Division of STD Prevention. Dr. Satterwhite teaches evidence-based medicine to medical students throughout the curriculum and teaches both Principles of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease Epidemiology to students across many health professions. Dr. Satterwhite has a joint academic appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and continues to be a Visiting Scientist for CDC.

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