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SC 203 – ZIKA, INFLUENZA AND OTHER VIRUSES: ASSESSING OUR RISK. Class presentation available.

fluviewOne of the greatest threats to human existence is the mutation and spread of viral based diseases. These lectures will explore the mechanisms underpinning the establishment and spread of mutated viruses and discuss how recent and projected environmental changes may affect the risk to humankind.

Tuesday, October 4: Understanding the Potential of Viruses to Move from Animal to Humans. As the current epidemic of Zika virus brilliantly illustrates, one of the greatest global threats to human existence is the outbreak and spread of emerging viral diseases. Viruses have repeatedly been shown to arise from zoonotic (animal) sources and to adapt and spread rapidly in human hosts, thereby increasing the potential for pandemics. This pattern has been well documented in such cases as Ebola, West Nile, SARS and, recently, Dengue. Factors influencing these outbreaks will be discussed, as well as reasons California may be particularly vulnerable

Presenter: Michael Buchmeier, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Division of Infectious Disease, and  Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, UCI.

Tuesday, October 11: Influenza: Outbreaks, prevention and treatment. Epidemiologists and public health officials are concerned about the risk for a significant outbreak of Influenza over the next few seasons.  This session will review major historical events, the variability of the viral antigens, and their relation to avian flu and other reservoirs, such as swine flu. Prevention and treatment strategies will be discussed.

Presenter: Mathew Zahn, MD, Medical Director, Epidemiology and Assessment, Orange County Health Care Agency

Class Presentation: Influenza-Epidemiology-Treatment and Prevention

Developer: Irwin Spirn

Dates/Time:

Tuesdays, October 4 and 11

1:00 – 3:00 PM

Location:

The Irvine Station-Onken

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