April 19 PCFR: Global disease threats/responses

Soldiers from    Fort Riley   ,    Kansas   , ill in the great influenza pandemic of 1918.

Soldiers from Fort RileyKansas, ill in the great influenza pandemic of 1918.

To members and friends of the Providence Committee on Foreign Relations (pcfremail@gmail.com; thepcfr.org).

Our next meeting comes on Wednesday, April 19, with  Rand Stoneburner, M.D., the distinguished international epidemiologist. Dr. Stoneburner, who has done extensive work with the World Health Organization and other major public health organizations,  will talk about Zika, Ebola and what he sees as the biggest global disease threat – an influenza pandemic.  He’ll have some graphics.

Meanwhile, see:




The main types of influenza viruses in humans. Solid squares show the appearance of a new strain, causing recurring influenza pandemics. Broken lines indicate uncertain strain identifications.

 Zika transmission map.