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April 23, 2007

Expert To Discuss Health Threats Of Avian Pathogens April 26

Kakambi Nagaraja, professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota, will present "Avian Pathogens as Zoonotic Public Health Threats" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) on the University of Iowa campus.

Nagaraja will discuss avian pathogens of zoonotic importance and why the public should be concerned about foodborne illness that could originate from avian species. He'll also describe the principles of surveillance and monitoring systems used to detect avian pathogens.

The program is free and open to the public, and also will be broadcast via streaming video on the Web.

This program is part of the spring 2007 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness (UMCPHP). Advanced registration is requested and may be completed online at Links to the live Web broadcast, as well as archives of past presentations, are available on the center's site.

In addition, UI Television (UITV) also will be showing the archived presentation. More information about the UITV service area and program schedule can be found on the UITV Web site,

The presentation is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, Institute for Public Health Practice, UI College of Public Health, Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Hospital Association and Iowa Medical Society. UMCPHP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on the Grand Rounds series, contact Angela Harding, program assistant in the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, at 319-335-8451 or by e-mail at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,