Sci-Port Discovery Center partners with LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport to present a free public forum on Zika virus. Experts from the LSU Health Sciences Center will speak on the basics of Zika virus and its implications as a growing global health concern.
LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport experts:
· John A. Vanchiere, MD, PhD, Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, LSU Health Shreveport
· Michelle Arnold, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. Research is underway to investigate the potential link between pregnant mothers infected with Zika and babies born with microcephaly – a serious birth defect in which the head is smaller than expected when compared to other babies of same age and sex.
As this research unfolds and the spread of Zika virus becomes an international health concern, this forum will allow local experts to better inform the Shreveport-Bossier City community about the disease and its potential implications for our community.