Want to better understand Ebola? Griffin Hospital to host forum

To help the community better understand the Ebola virus outbreak, Griffin Hospital will host a free community forum on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. in the hospital’s Meditation and Learning Center, 130 Division St., Derby.

The free program will explain the disease, including how it can be transmitted and its symptoms, as well as how Griffin Hospital is prepared to care for individuals who may contract the virus.

The session will be hosted by Griffin Hospital’s chief medical officer, Dr. Frederick Browne, and the hospital’s infectious diseases chief, Dr. Howard L. Quentzel.

Taking precautions

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa.

Two imported cases (Houston and New York City), including one death, and two locally acquired cases in healthcare workers (nurses in Houston) have been reported in the United States to date.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as healthcare facilities across the country have been taking precautions to prevent further spread of Ebola in the United States.

To reserve your spot at the Nov. 20 presentation, call the hospital at 203-732-1511.