Duke Focuses Weeklong Lecture Series on Ebola Outbreak

Published September 23, 2014

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Merson and Woods deliver talk on first day of Duke Ebola lecture series.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest outbreak in history. Today, the CDC now estimates the number of cases could reach 1.4 million by January.  The epidemic is capturing widespread news media attention and prompted the US government and the international community to respond. 

Ebola is the focus of a weeklong lecture series at Duke, co-sponsored by the Africa Initiative, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University Center for International Studies and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image. 

The series kicked off last  night with DGHI Director Michael Merson and DGHI faculty member Chris Woods who gave a compelling talk on the origin and risks of Ebola and the international response. Merson cautioned this could be the worst epidemic since HIV, largely because it has spread to urban areas. He said the delayed action by the international community and very weak health systems infrastructure could worsen the epidemic. Read more about Monday's eventVideo is available here.

The series continues this week with talks on ebola from the cultural perspective, ethical implications of untested vaccine useNigeria's response, and a film screening of Contagion.

Upcoming Events

TONIGHT, 5-6:30pm
Can Sirleaf Survive Ebola?  

Wednesday Sept. 24, 5-6:30pm
Desperate People & Circumstances (Livestream available)

Thursday Sept. 25, 12-1pm
Nigeria's First Hand Country Response (Livestream available)

Friday Sept. 26, 5pm
Contagion Movie Screening

Follow @DukeAfricanIn, @DukeGHI and #ebolaseries all week long for updates.

In the News: Durham Herald-Sun, News & Observer


DGHI Ebola Resource Page