PHILADELPHIA, October 29, 2014— Community College of Philadelphia will host an Ebola information session exclusively for its students, faculty and staff at 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 28 in the lecture hall (Room S2-3) of the Winnet Student Life Building, which is on 17th Street on the Main Campus.
The Biology department has assembled a panel of experts including Dr. Mary Ann Wagner-Graham, assistant professor of Biology; Dr. John-Paul Vermitsky, assistant professor of Biology; Lisa Johnson, assistant professor of Nursing, and Linda Powell, MD, the Biology Department chair. Among the topics to be discussed: how to tell the difference between Ebola symptoms and the flu, how the virus causes disease and how it is transmitted and identified. Faculty will also review the public health recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization.
A member of Philadelphia’s Liberian community will join the panel to discuss how public perceptions regarding Ebola have impacted West African communities. According to news reports, Philadelphia has one of the largest Liberian populations in the country. A question and answer period will follow each presentation.
To help students, faculty and staff stay informed and prepared, the College posted an informational alert from the CDC about the virus on its internal portal and is reviewing its pandemic plan. According to the CDC, Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection of the Ebola virus. It is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person or contact with instruments containing infectious bodily fluids.
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