What the General Public Needs to Know About Zika: Southern Research Infectious Disease experts available to speak

Article ID: 647008

Released: 29-Jan-2016 1:05 PM EST

Source Newsroom: Southern Research

Expert Pitch
  • Mohammad Saeed, Ph.D., Research Scientist

  • Jonathan Rayner, Ph.D., Director, Infectious Disease Research, Birmingham

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: January 29 and February 1, 2016 Media Contact: Rossi Carlson, 205-581-2266

What the General Public Needs to Know About Zika: Southern Research Infectious Disease experts available to speak

Birmingham, Alabama - Dr. Jonathan Rayner and Dr. Mohammad Saeed, infectious disease experts at Southern Research with a background in arthropod-borne viral diseases, are available to speak with the media today and Monday about Zika, the mosquito-borne virus ravaging South and Central America that the World Health Organization says is “spreading explosively.” To date, there are 31 people confirmed with Zika in the US.

What: Questions about what people in Central Alabama need to know: • Is there a risk of Zika or other mosquito-borne viruses spreading in Alabama?• How is the infectious disease research community in the U.S. currently approaching Zika or what has been done prior to this latest threat?• How does Zika differ from other mosquito-borne infectious diseases? • What should you do if you have travel plans to an area that has been affected by Zika, or if you have additional questions about protecting your family?• What does research tell us about Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses?

Who: Jonathan Rayner, Ph.D. Director, Infectious Disease Research (Bio) Southern Research Mohammad Saeed, Ph.D. Research Scientist, Infectious Diseases (Bio) Southern Research

When: Immediate (by appointment)

Where: Southern Research, Birmingham Campus

Recent ZIKA National Press:UN to Decide if Zika is a Global Health Emergency (Associated Press: January 27, 2016 )Zika Virus ‘Spreading Explosively,’ WHO leader says (CNN: January 27, 2016)

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