URI Providence campus to host public seminar on Ebola, Oct. 16

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Dept. of Health officials to discuss epidemic, treatment, prevention

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – October 8, 2014 – The University of Rhode Island will host a public seminar about the Ebola virus and its Rhode Island connection on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Paff Auditorium at the URI Providence campus, 80 Washington St., Providence.

The event is free and open to the public.

Speakers will be Dr. Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, who will provide an overview of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and implications for Rhode Island; Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, consultant medical director in the Department of Health’s Office of HIV/AIDS, who will discuss the virology, epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Ebola; and Elaine Parker-Williams, a Liberian doctoral student in the URI College of Nursing, who will outline how to prevent the spread of Ebola and discuss how to assist the Liberian relief effort.

Those attending the event are encouraged to bring donations of hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes or latex gloves that will be sent to Liberia by the URI Liberian student community.

The seminar is sponsored by the URI Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education, the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, the Africana Studies Program and the Graduate Professional Center. For more information, call 401-277-5200 or visit seminar. Click here for information on directions and parking