As awareness spreads and questions continue about recent Ebola outbreaks in Africa, as well as increased focus on the treatment of some patients with the virus in Atlanta, the University of Georgia College of Public Health and Athens Regional Medical Center are partnering to hold a community forum to discuss the infectious disease and any potential local impacts.
“A Conversation about Ebola” will be held September 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. in George Hall on the UGA Health Sciences Campus.
The forum will include a panel of UGA faculty members with expertise in the fields of clinical infectious diseases, public health policy, epidemiology, veterinary science and disease transmission modeling, as well as an emergency room response physician from Athens Regional to address treatment protocols for Ebola.
Additional experts and medical personnel from both UGA and Athens Regional will be available to answer questions and provide more information.
“The Ebola virus breakout is an international story, and the residents of Athens-Clarke County have questions as do millions of citizens across the globe,” said Dean Phillip Williams, College of Public Health. “We recognize this partnership with Athens Regional as an opportunity to serve the people of our county and surrounding areas by allaying concerns and demystifying this disease with the help of local experts.”
One of the questions experts look to answer is whether or not people in the U.S. should be concerned about contracting Ebola.
Panelists will explore how the disease spreads and the low risk of transmission in America, which has very different approaches to and resources for responding to any potential outbreak due to advanced medical care, sterilization practices, hydration and nutrition.
“A Conversation about Ebola” is the first community forum in a planned series to discuss public health issues as they arise.