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West Nile , SARS Talk Cancelled

West Nile Virus, SARS Talk Has Been Cancelled

Emergency Leaves Biomedical Sciences Lecturer Unavailable for "Tale of Two Epidemics"

(June 25, 2003)

West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — The public Lunchtime Learning lecture titled “Tale of Two Epidemics: West Nile Virus and SARS” has been cancelled. The speaker, Steven E. Larson, M.D., is unavailabe to speak at the scheduled time and date, 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday June 26 at the University of California, Riverside Extension. We regret any inconvenience the sudden change may have caused.

The following are some facts about SARS and West Nile Virus:

• Since the flu-like illness SARS emerged in the southern province of Guangdong, China in November, more than 8,400 probable SARS cases with more than 770 deaths have been reported from 29 countries?

• The West Nile Virus, first diagnosed in the U.S. in 1999 during a New York outbreak, last year infected 4,161 people and caused 277 deaths, affecting 39 states?

Dr. Larson is a clinical professor of biomedical sciences in the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences. He is also medical director of the Riverside Medical Clinic and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

For more information about the Lunchtime Learning lecture series, call Sarah Villarreal at (909) 787-3806, ext. 11632 or e-mail the Lunchtime Learning staff (see Additional Contacts below).

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