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Influenza and You: The Difference Between Avian and Typical Influenza

09- 15- 2006

Spartanburg, S.C. -- The recent health events involving disease transmission between birds and humans in Asia are of growing concern to the public. As the media presents information about influenza outbreaks, questions arise for individuals and communities. A seminar will be held on Friday, September 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Campus Life Center Ballroom at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

The speakers include Dr. Julie Helm who will discuss the Avian Flu, Christy Caruso who will discuss the Pandemic Flu, Kathy Bryant who will discuss infection control and community awareness, and Pat Elliott who will discuss personal preparedness.

Helm has been the poultry veterinarian for Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health Programs, coordinating the National Poultry Improvement Program for South Carolina for nine years. She specializes in poultry disease diagnosis and prevention. Bryant is a registered nurse who  works in the Infection Control department at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. She has years experience in the healthcare field and is currently responsible for all of the infection control and education around influenza at SRHS. Caruso, a social worker, has been the director of Public Health Preparedness for the South Carolina Public Health Region 2 for the Department of Health and Environmental Control for 12 years. Elliott is  the director of emergency community services for the Spartanburg Red Cross and teaches extensively on the subject matter.

The speakers plan to answer such questions as:  Do hospitals, schools, nonprofit and other organizations who serve people in congregate care settings have a need for real concern?  What is the difference between avian and the typical influenza virus? How do I need to prepare for the influenza season? How should my organization prepare for a potential outbreak? The experts will explain the differences between in the types of influenzas and the real risks involved in our community.  Individual, group and community prevention strategies will be discussed at this seminar.  After the expert panel presentation, there will be a question and answer period and a time for sharing of strategies.

The seminar is free but limited to the registration of the first 50 participants. Please contact Theresa Ricke-Kiely at (864) 503-5754 or tricke-kiely@uscupstate.edu to register.














The conference is sponsored by:

The University of South Carolina Upstate’s Mary Black School of Nursing,

the Metropolitan Studies Institute and the Center for Nonprofit Leadership.