The UWI Open Campus will on Thursday 29th October, 2015 host a lecture on the dreaded Ebola Virus which in 2014 affected multiple countries in West Africa, in what has been described as the largest outbreak of its kind since its first recorded occurrence in 1976.
Entitled “The Ebola Virus; A Perspective From The Frontline” the lecture will be delivered by esteemed son of the soil and 2014 UWI Open Campus Honorary Graduate, Dr Earl G. Long, at The University of the West Indies Open Campus, Morne Fortune. The lecture will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Having worked for the past two decades in 16 countries in Africa, Dr Long has had extensive personal experience working in the relevant African countries and will be sharing some of his first hand experiences with the audience.
Most of his work has centered on disease outbreak investigations. As recently as April, 2015, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC ) recalled Dr Long from retirement for a two-month deployment to Guinea, West Africa, to introduce a rapid test for the Ebola Virus Disease.
Dr. Long’s presentation will begin with a description of the virus, symptoms of the disease, methods of transmission, and the conditions that lead to its spread.
The consequences of neglecting basic health services, control of the disease, involvement of international agencies, and the human cost of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) will also be discussed, along with a pictorial visit through Guinea.
The public is invited to attend!