Sci-Port Discovery Center and the LSU Health Sciences Center have partnered together to raise awareness of the Zika Virus in a free public forum.

According to their press release:

WHAT
Zika 101: Free Public Forum

WHO
Experts of LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport
John A. Vanchiere, MD, PhD, Chief Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Michelle Arnold, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology

WHEN
Thursday, March 3, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE
Sci-Port Discovery Center
820 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101

WHY
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 the same age and sex.

As this research unfolds and the spread of Zika virus becomes an international health concern, Sci-Port partners with LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport to bring in experts to better inform the Shreveport-Bossier City community about the disease and its potential implications for our area.