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Researchers meet at the University of Florida to discuss Ebola

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Anthropologists and researchers hosted a forum at Pugh Hall at the University of Florida to discuss the recent outbreak of Ebola. Dr. Paul Psychas and Sharon Abramowitz explained the disease and answered questions from attendees.

Dr. Paul Psychas of the University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute answers audience’s questions during an Ebola forum at UF in Gainesville, Fla., on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Psychas gave an overview of the disease and explained its transmission, signs and symptoms.

Forum attendees fill Pugh Hall at the University of Florida as speakers address the crowd.

University of Florida medical anthropologist Sharon Abramowitz calls for a culturally appropriate intervention in Liberia in response to the Ebola outbreak. Abramowitz addressed the crowd at an Ebola forum in Pugh Hall at UF in Gainesville, Fla., on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

A University of Florida student listens during an Ebola forum in Pugh Hall at UF on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The event drew a standing-room-only crowd that filled the first and second floor.

Abe Goldman, director of the Center for African Studies (left), and Leonardo Villalon, dean of the University of Florida International Center, answer questions from the audience during an Ebola forum at UF on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The forum featured a panel discussion and a poster session displaying a group of undergraduate students’ research findings on Ebola.

Ira Longini discusses Ebola with a group of University of Florida students during a poster session at the Ebola forum Wednesday, October 8, 2014, in Pugh Hall at UF. Longini is part of the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute, which tracks disease trends, and has been studying the disease for more than 30 years.

University of Florida undergraduate Rebecca Jules discusses her research on Ebola during a poster session following the forum that took place at UF on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Jules is one of several undergraduate students who, under the leadership of Sharon Abramowitz, has formed an Ebola research group in wake of the growing outbreak.

University of Florida undergraduate student Melissa Rodriguez discusses her research on Ebola during an Ebola forum and poster session to display research findings on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, in Pugh Hall at UF. Rodriguez is part of a research group put together by UF anthropologist Sharon Abramowitz.

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