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Avian ‘flu

22 Chwefror 2006

The ongoing risk associated with the avian flu virus H5N1 was the focus of a public lecture held at the University recently.

Avian ‘flu - threat or hype? was presented by Professor Neil Ferguson OBE, of Imperial College and forms part of the University’s Science in Health public lecture series.

Professor Neil Ferguson is Director of the Medical Research Council’s Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling at Imperial College London and has researched diseases such as influenza, SARS, BSE/vCJD, HIV, foot-and-mouth disease and smallpox.

He told the audience at the Avian ‘flu lecture that ‘the risk of a H5N1 pandemic may best be classed as a low probability event, but one which may have high consequences should it occur’.

Professor Ferguson continued his presentation by detailing the level of planning needed to contain a pandemic and the public health measures countries like the UK should adopt to limit the human impact of the next pandemic.

The event was organised by the University’s Community Engagement Team, and community engagement officer Andrew Emery said: "We were delighted to welcome Professor Ferguson to the University to speak on the topic of avian ‘flu. It proved very popular with the audience. The aim of the Science and Health public lectures is to engage members of the public with the work being done not only at Cardiff, but across the academic spectrum."

All Cardiff University Science in Health lectures are free and open to the public, with no booking necessary. The next lecture, Half a million heart attacks: what have we learnt? will be given by Dr Clive Weston and takes place in Lecture Theatre 1 at the School of Medicine.

Further details can be found on the University’s events pages.