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More than 100 LIU Post students, faculty, and staff members gathered in the Hillwood Lecture Hall on March 2 for a panel discussion, “Zika Virus: What You Need to Know and What You Want to Know. The discussion was presented by LIU Post’s School of Health Professions and Nursing, featuring faculty from the Department of Biomedical Science and the Department of Nursing.

Dr. Visalam Chandrasekaran and Dr. Ernestine M. Velozzi of the Department of Biomedical Sciences discussed the Zika outbreak, diagnostic testing, treatment and precautions, highlighting the virus’s similarity to other diseases spread by mosquitoes, including dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile Virus. Dr. Velozzi is the former chief of the Division of Microbiology at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and is a council member and past president of the New York City branch of the American Society for Microbiology. Dr. Chandrasekaran has been published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, the American Journal of Hematology and the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.

Dan Jacobsen of the Department of Nursing discussed prevention measures that can be taken against the Zika virus, highlighting the recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health. In addition to his work at LIU Post, where he serves as director of the Health and Wellness Center, Jacobsen is a family nurse practitioner at a privately owned family medicine practice in Bethpage.

For more information on the LIU Post School of Health Professions and Nursing, visit the school’s homepage.

Posted 03/11/2016

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