Learn about Zika and Other Spillover Viruses on One Health Day

Sep 15, 2016 / Center for One Health Illinois / General News

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November 3, 2016, has been named the first international “One Health Day,” and the Center for One Health Illinois at the College of Veterinary Medicine, along with the college’s student Public Health Association, has organized a free public forum to raise awareness about the interconnections between human, animal, and environmental health.

The public is invited to “Spillover Viruses & Your Health,” an evening that will begin with the PBS documentary “Spillover—Zika, Ebola & Beyond,” followed by an opportunity to ask questions of a panel of health experts.

Spillover Viruses
& Your Health

A free public forum
Thursday, November 3, 7 to 9 pm
The Forum at Carle, 611 West Park Street, Urbana, Ill.

Visit the Facebook event page

About the Documentary

[zike baby-one health day]A mysterious virus, eventually identified as Zika, first appeared in Brazil in 2015, and was soon linked to the growing number of babies born with microcephaly and other devastating birth defects. In 2014, an outbreak of the Ebola virus killed some 12,000 people in West Africa. And there are many other viruses like these, including Nipah, Chikungunya, and MERS, that reside in animals and spill over into humans.

Over the last half century, the number of spillover diseases has increased rapidly. The documentary “Spillover—Zika, Ebola & Beyond” looks at what’s behind the rise in spillover viruses and what can be done to stop them.

About the Panel

Experts in epidemiology, infectious disease, and public health will answer questions from the public. Panelists will include:

  • Dr. Robert Healy, Chief Medical Quality Officer, Carle Foundation Hospital
  • Eva Palmer, Senior Infection Preventionist, Carle Foundation Hospital
  • Dr. Ronald Hershow, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Julie Pryde, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Moderating the question-and-answer session will be Dr. John Herrmann, director of the Center for One Health Illinois, who holds academic appointments at both the College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana and on the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois.

About One Health Day

“Spillover Viruses & Your Health” will be held at The Forum at Carle, 611 West Park Street, Urbana, Ill., from 7 to 9 pm on Thursday, November 3. The event is co-sponsored by Carle Foundation Hospital, the Center For One Health Illinois and the Student Public Health Association at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

One Health Day is an international campaign co-coordinated by the One Health Commission, the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team and the One Health Platform Foundation. The goal of One Health Day is to bring attention around the world to the need for One Health interactions and for the world to see them in action. The One Health Day campaign is designed to engage as many individuals as possible from as many arenas as possible in One Health education and awareness events, and to generate an inspiring array of projects worldwide.

For more information and to find out what other activities are happening on November 3, visit: www.onehealthcommission.org/en/eventscalendar/one_health_day/about_one_health_day/