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Nov. 12, 2007

Expert to discuss 'Pigs and Public Health' Nov. 13

An expert on the epidemiology of swine will present "Pigs and Public Health: An Overview of Selected Zoonotic Diseases of Swine" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the University of Iowa campus.

The program is free and open to the public and will be broadcast via streaming video on the Web. Advanced registration is requested.

Liz Wagstrom, assistant vice president of science and technology of the National Pork Board, will present a review of selected zoonotic diseases of swine, placing special emphasis on how changes in pork production have affected the epidemiology of these diseases in the United States.

Wagstrom will discuss life cycles and epidemiology changes due to production practices of three parasitic zoonotic pathogens of swine, as well as the current situation regarding avian influenza H5N1 and the potential impacts to swine production.

This program is part of the fall 2007 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness (UMCPHP). To register online, visit http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icphp/grand_rounds/current_session/. 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) will show the archived presentation. Information about the UITV service area and program schedule is online at http://www.its.uiowa.edu/tns/videoservices/uitv.htm.

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 angela-harding@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 319-335-9647, debra-venzke@uiowa.edu; Writer: Brandy Huseman