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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 5, 2004

UI To Host Program On Bird Flu Oct. 19 In Waterloo

Recent international outbreaks of bird flu, or avian influenza, have been increasingly associated with reports of human infection. Since last winter, at least 29 people have died during bird flu outbreaks in Asia. Yet prior to 1996, avian influenza was never known to move from birds to humans.

To help explain how this disease impacts the United States and Iowa, the University of Iowa College of Public Health, UI Alumni Association and Hawkeye Community College are co-sponsoring an educational program for the general public titled, "Bird Flu and Human Health: Why the Concern?"

The free program will be Tuesday, Oct. 19 in Tama Hall, Room 113, at Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, in Waterloo, Iowa. A reception and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6 to 7:30 p.m. program and discussion. Continuing education credit is available for selected health professions.

The program will feature Gregory Gray, M.D., director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases and UI professor of epidemiology. Gray will review the nature of influenza infections, describe the recent avian influenza outbreaks, discuss the concerns of public health officials, and detail what the United States is doing to protect its citizens from large influenza epidemics.

Individuals interested in attending the program are asked to register in advance by calling Hawkeye Community College Registration at 319-296-2460 or by e-mailing Identify course number 051917 when registering by phone or e-mail.

The statewide UI College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded, in part, by a grant from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. More information about the educational outreach programs and continuing education credit can be found at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4261 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACT(S): Media: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,