ust global virus network webinar2 2015 01 27



“The Global Virus Network (GVN), a coalition of the world’s leading medical virologists working together to prevent illness and death from viral disease, was hosting a webinar for business leaders on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 1pm EST and discussed the ongoing outbreak of Chikungunya in the Americas and its implications for the private sector.


Two of the world’s leading experts on the disease and GVN Chikungunya Task Force Co-Chairs, Dr. Scott Weaver of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and Dr. Marc Lecuit of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France, were updating participants on the status of epidemic in the Americas; were discussing the likely spread of the virus; describe the latest research on vaccines and therapeutics; and answer questions about the outbreak’s potential impact on businesses, travel, and commerce.

The webinar was open to the public and was a part of an ongoing series of discussions on key viral threats to the private sector presented by GVN’s Business Leadership Council, a new program to link companies with GVN’s network of top virus researchers, creating a platform for information exchange to strengthen international viral preparedness and response.

The Agenda was:

  • The experts were providing updated information on the spread of the Chikungunya outbreak throughout the Americas and address key questions for business leaders such as:

  • What are the international, regional, and local public health responses to the epidemic and what impact are these efforts having on the spread of the virus?

  • What are the chances that business travelers to the affected regions will become infected?

  • What can individuals and companies do to protect themselves from infection?

  • Should your company issue travel restrictions?

  • How might the outbreak affect your company’s operations and business interests?

  • What does the current situation mean for employees returning to the United States from the Caribbean and Central and South America?”