Pandemics Talk


Tue, Feb 18, 2020    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Bookings closed


Dunbar Community Centre
4747 Dunbar St, Vancouver, BC, V6S 2H2

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Update: 3 March, 2020

We are pleased to be able to provide the slides from this talk, please click here to download. Many thanks to Dr. Monika Naus.

Dear friend and neighbour

Come and join us on 18 February for a talk about Pandemics at the Dunbar Community Centre, Room 202 – 7pm to 8:30pm.

To reserve your seats, please register below. Space is limited to 50 participants

Hope to see you then.


The last day of 2019 the World woke up to a new coronavirus strain that was not previously identified in humans. The cluster of pneumonia cases caused by this virus (2019-nCoV) started in Wuhan, China. The 2019-nCoV leads to similar symptoms seen in many respiratory illnesses (e.g., fever, dry cough, sore throat and headache). Although, mild to moderate most of the time, a small percent of cases experience more serious clinical signs and symptoms (e.g., difficulty in breathing and pneumonia in both lungs) and some result in death.

The outbreak was initially linked to live animals in a seafood market in Wuhan City, but later on human-to-human transmission was also observed. It is known that other viruses causing respiratory illnesses can be spread from a cough or sneeze or with direct contact with respiratory secretions of infected people.

Human travel worldwide poses risk for spread of 2019-nCoV across countries.

Chinese authorities have been collaborating with the World Health Organization and experts from around the world in studying this virus and preventing its spread.

On February 18, 2020 Dr. Monika Naus from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) will enlighten our community on 2019-nCoV infection and how to be prepared and protect ourselves.

Dr. Monika Naus

Dr. Monika Naus is an epidemiologist specializing in communicable disease prevention and control. She is the Medical Director of the Communicable Diseases & Immunization Service at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and also a professor in the UBC School of Population & Public Health. Dr. Naus joined the BCCDC in 2001 and prior to that worked at the provincial level in Ontario including during the measles elimination campaign and the Walkerton outbreak. Currently, Dr. Naus is active on several national and provincial committees related to immunization and communicable disease prevention.


Bookings are closed for this event.