Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology discussion: Implications of Zika virus

  • Event:  Roundtable discussion on Zika virus
  • When:  Thursday 4 February 2016
  • Time:  5 pm
  • Location:  Staff Room, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15 George Square, University of Edinburgh
  • Chair:  Prof Ian Harper (ian.harper@ed.ac.uk)
  • Speakers include:  Dr Sudeepa Abeysinghe, Dr Alex Nading, Dr Hannah Lesshafft, Dr Lucy Lowe

The Zika virus, spread by the Aedes mosquito, and believed to be associated with microcephaly and birth defects in the newborn, is currently causing considerable alarm as it reaches pandemic level.  The Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology invites you to a roundtable discussion on this topic.  Brief presentations from social scientists with expertise in infectious disease control, ecological anthropology, maternal and child health, and regional issues will be followed by a discussion on the social, scientific, and political implications of the virus and its spread.

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