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Date: April 29th
Time: 1:00-2:30 EDT
Abstract: The World Health Organization has declared Zika a public health emergency due to the association between Zika infection and a rise in congenital malformations and neurological complications. Using the Society for Medical Anthropology’s new Temporary Interest Groups (TIG) mechanism, an interdisciplinary group of scholars have begun to organize an anthropological response to the crisis.
The AAA will be hosting a webinar put on by the Zika TIG group. This webinar will focus on a broad range of issues surrounding the Zika epidemic. Topics covered will include disease ecology/biology of the Zika virus and principal mosquito vector, sociocultural dimensions of risk including poverty and pregnancy, and current response efforts. A large portion of the time will be set aside for interactive discussion. As a field, anthropologists have a lot to offer in terms of rapid and effective response to this virus. We invite all participants to actively engage in a conversation about response efforts.
Register for this event at https://aaanetevents.webex.com/ using password Anthro
1:00-1:15 Craig Janes (University of Waterloo): Disease Ecology and Biology of Zika
1:15-1:30 Arachu Castro (Tulane University): Sociocultural dimension of risk
1:30-1:45 Juliet Bedford (Anthrologica)- Zika Response efforts
1:45- 2:30 Question / Answer session Moderated by Kristin Hedges (Manhattanville College)