Overview of the Ebola Epidemic at the Science Museum of Virginia

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The Science Museum of Virginia invites the community to a special presentation of its free Lunch Break Science program on Wednesday, November 19 at noon.

Dr. Brigette Gleason will provide an overview of the Ebola epidemic on November 19 at the Science Museum of Virginia.

The Science Museum of Virginia invites the community to a special presentation of its free Lunch Break Science program on Wednesday, November 19 at noon.

Dr. Brigette Gleason will present Overview of the Ebola Epidemic: Insights from the Field in Sierra Leone and Key Features of the Ebola Response in the US. As an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Gleason will share her personal experience combating the exotic disease in Africa earlier this fall.

The November 19 lecture will provide background on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and the current ongoing EVD epidemic. Dr. Gleason will offer insights on Ebola surveillance activities at the district level in Sierra Leone as well as other prominent events, including the house-to-house campaign, identification of survivors and the role of culture on the outbreak. The presentation will delve into the challenges, rumors and look ahead to potential practices before opening the floor to questions.

About Dr. Brigette Gleason
Dr. Brigette Gleason graduated from Furman University before spending one year at the National Institutes of Health under an Intramural Research Training Award. She then completed a dual degree program to obtain her Doctorate of Medicine and Masters in Public Health at the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed her residency at Case Western Reserve University at University Hospitals in their international health track. She now works as Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is stationed at the Virginia Department of Health. In September of this year she deployed to Sierra Leone for one month to provide technical assistance in epidemiology and surveillance for the Ebola emergency response.

Lunch Break Science is held on Wednesdays at noon. Free to the general public. Seating is limited. For more information, visit http://www.smv.org.

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