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Ebola

IMG_3347 A crowd of 200 learned more about what Ebola is, what the symptoms are and how it is treated at the Omaha Science Cafe held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Slowdown, 729, N. 14th St.

 Ali S. Khan, M.D., dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, presented an overview of Ebola at the November Science Café.

A former assistant surgeon general, Dr. Khan served at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 23 years before retiring as the director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. In that role, he managed the $1.5B public health security program and was responsible for all of CDC’s public health preparedness and response activities.

Dr. Khan joined the CDC and U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in 1991 as an epidemic intelligence service officer and over the past decades has led and responded to numerous high profile domestic and international public health emergencies, including hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, monkeypox, avian influenza, Rift Valley fever, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the Asian Tsunami in 2004, and the initial public health response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

As dean of the UNMC College of Public Health, Dr. Khan’s vision is for the College to play an integral role in making Nebraska the healthiest state in the union.

Science Cafe is a free educational event sponsored by UNMC and other groups to increase the population’s science literacy. Hosted by UNMC and the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, Science Cafes are held the first Tuesday of each month in Omaha and a few times a year in Lincoln. They are open to everyone 21 and older.

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