This event "Avian Influenza - what, why, where?" is promoted by Basingstoke IVC Science Cafe and is organised and hosted by Henley Cafe Scientifique. The talk can be enjoyed in two ways. Please request to attend in person (Max 40 attendees) or request a Zoom link in your registration email to:
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Prior to Covid-19, influenza was probably the most well-known respiratory infection both as the regular “seasonal flu” we encounter every year and for the periodic occurrence of pandemics, caused by a new strain, the last case of which was in 2009. In recent years however the press has increasingly reported avian flu in the UK, the form of influenza associated with wild birds which, if it spreads to domestic poultry, causes devastating losses and local lockdowns of the premises concerned.
What is avian influenza, why do we have it and where has it come from? How do we treat it, is it a risk to people and if so, should we make and store vaccines just-in-case? We will review influenza virus to include its natural history, the species it infects and the way in which it is transmitted from one individual to another. We will take a realistic look at risk, whether every influenza is a pandemic threat, and what can be done to minimize cases so that the possibility of an outbreak is as small as it can be.
Ian Jones, Professor of Virology, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Reading
Ian Jones graduated originally in Microbiology and Virology and has worked in the UK, France and the United States. His research topics have included influenza virus and he has provided frequent press comments during past flu outbreaks and on viruses in general.
The online process remains as before
1. Cafe Sci announce an event by sending members an email
2. You respond by requesting a registration stating Live or Zoom if you wish to attend
3. CafeSci sends Zoom details a few days before the event
4. If you are not able to attend please advise
5. You attend or sign into the event
Wednesday 18 May 2022 Time: You can arrive or log in from 7pm for a 7:30 start. Usual format is 45 min talk followed by 45 Q&A.
- During the talk please mute your Zoom device and turn off video so no background interference spoils the session.
- To ask a question over Zoom please use the Chat icon. We usually answer all questions in the order they are presented
- For the period 7 to 7:30, we can leave mikes and videos on if you wish to talk to the crowd or someone specifically.
- Prior to the event, if you wish to run a dummy test logging in then let us know when you register.