Duke University will hold a series of events on the Ebola epidemic next week.
Ebola is spreading rapidly throughout West Africa with no signs of stopping. At least 2,630 people have died in the outbreak, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
Some Americans have grown worried that the disease could cross the Atlantic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an Ebola checklist for U.S. hospitals that includes training staff to spot Ebola symptoms and preparing protective equipment and isolated beds.
Next week, Duke professors and medical professionals will discuss implications of the disease. Two special events include a live video conference from Nigeria and a film screening.
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All of the events are free and open to the public.
• “Ebola: The Outbreak and the Response,” 5 p.m. Monday, 217 Perkins Library. Drs. Chris Woods and Michael Merson of the Duke Global Health Institute will discuss the overall situation in West Africa, how the Ebola outbreak started, details about the disease, and the response from the global community.
Can Sirleaf Survive Ebola?” 5 p.m. Tuesday, Mary Lou Williams Center, Flowers Building. Mary H. Moran, professor of anthropology and Africana & Latin American studies at Colgate University, will speak about the cultural context of the West African countries affected, drawing on her experience working in Liberia.
• “Desperate People and Circumstances: Are Desperate Solutions Wise?” 5 p.m. Wednesday, 217 Perkins Library. Dr. Philip Rosoff, director of clinical ethics, Duke University Hospital, will speak to the challenges of planning for a pandemic and the ethical implications of the use of untested vaccines.
• “Nigeria’s First-Hand Country Response,” noon Thursday, 040 Trent Hall. Dr. Faisal Shuaib, incident manager of the Ebola Emergency Operations Center in Nigeria, will discuss Nigeria’s response managing the pandemic via live video conference.
• Film Screening: “Contagion,” 7 p.m. Friday, Richard White Auditorium, East Campus. This 2011 film, directed by Steven Soderbergh, follows the fictionalized story of a lethal airborne virus and attempts to control it.
The week is sponsored by the Africa Initiative, Duke University Center for International Studies (DUCIS), Duke Global Health Institute, and Program in the Arts of the Moving Image.