NSU Hosts Interprofessional Zika Panel

NSU Hosts Interdisciplinary Panel on Zinka Virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus an international health threat. Florida residents have the highest risk of being infected out of the 50 states due to the state’s location and tropical climate.

NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness and Center for Interprofessional Education and Practice hosted an interprofessional panel discussion to educate and prepare the NSU community on issues surrounding Zika.

This panel discussion on the “The Urbanized Mosquito – Looking at the Zika Virus with Interprofessional Lens”:
  • Provided an overview of the history of the Zika Virus,
  • Discussed what we know from the WHO, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida Department of Health, and from recent confirmed cases,
  • Discussed how the Zika virus is transmitted,
  • Provided a forum for dialogue about travel to infected areas, and
  • Discussed what activities are in place in Florida to help protect the population and to outline what is needed for personal protection.

Panelists included:
  • James Howell, M.D., M.P.H., chair of rural medicine and project director, Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness, NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Jill Wallace-Ross, D.O., assistant professor of family medicine, NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Bindu Mayi, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology, NSU’s College of Medical Sciences
  • Paula Thaqi, M.D., M.P.H, director, Broward County Health Department
  • Anh Ton, Broward County Mosquito Control

Leonard Levy, D.P.M, M.P.H , director of NSU’s Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness, provided a list of extensive resources for all attendees.