Given the “news break” from INN regarding a potential pandemic in China with a significant implication to Duke.
Fortunately, Dr. Schuchat (the Assistant Surgeon General) is going to brief us on what is current known about influenza viruses and help clarify what is fact and fiction.
How did the keynote speaker help improve your understanding of flu and the potential risk of a future pandemic?
Are there any strategies or methods to help control the impact of such a pandemic given by Dr. Schuchat?
What are the concerns about the current health infrastructure to deal with a future pandemic? Do you feel we are ready now?
(Please note that the news brief is for education purposes and is fictional).
(note: Winter Forum participants should attend in person)
This Sunday, Jan 9, 5:45pm EST, virtually attend the keynote address, delivered by CDC Rear Admiral Anne Schuchat, MD: http://www.ustream.tv/DukeUniversity#events
Dr. Schuchat is the Assistant Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service and the Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Dr. Schuchat will discuss the challenges of surveillance and containment of influenza epidemics and the lessons learned from past outbreaks, including H1N1, Avian Flu, and SARS.
Also, DGHI will be tweeting live from the event. Join the conversation using hash tag #DukeLive.
In the second reading for the plenary session, Laurie Garrett (2005) explains that isolation measures do not reduce the rate at which the influenza virus spreads. Do any of you have any ideas why quarantine measures are not very effective?
It appears that the avian flu (H5N1) outbreak has resurfaced in South Korea recently. Public health officials have to deal with a foot-and-mouth disease in cattle and pigs concurrently. Here’s a link to a news story from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12097615.