Army "Outbreak" Expert to Speak at WSU

OGDEN, Utah – U.S. Army Col. Nancy Jaax, infectious disease expert, will address the public at noon on Dec. 1 at Weber State University's Ogden campus in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. She will speak about her experiences dealing with Ebola and other infectious diseases.

In 1989, Jaax, along with her husband Jerry, led the battle against an outbreak of the Ebola virus among imported monkeys at a quarantine facility in Virginia. Jaax did autopsies on the animals' bodies in order to locate the cause of death, and in turn isolate the diffusion of the disease. The couple's work inspired Richard Preston's book "The Hot Zone," as well as the movie "Outbreak" with Dustin Hoffman.

The event is open to the public free of charge as part of WSU's Convocations lecture series.

Nikki Nicholas, student activities coordinator

801-626-7850 ·

Travis Clemens, office of Media Relations

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