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Dec 2021

Influenza and Coronavirus Infections in Hong Kong

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CLST Open House 健康在線
Medical Sciences

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Date & time
18Dec 2021 (Sat)12:00 - 13:00 Free
  • Professor Leo Poon Lit Man

Professor Leo Poon Lit Man

Professor Poon acquired his Ph.D in Sir William Dunn School of Pathology in University of Oxford in 1999. He currently serves as a Professor and Division Head in the School of Public Health, HKU. His work primarily focuses on influenza virus and coronavirus. He is a committee member in the Coronavirus Study Group under the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (since 2006) and he is also an expert in various WHO Working Groups for emerging viruses. He published over 200 peer-reviewed articles.

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As a densely populated city, Hong Kong is vulnerable to attacks of respiratory diseases. In the past few decades, Hong Kong experienced various outbreaks, such as H5N1 in 1997 and SARS in 2003, and pandemics, such as swine H1N1 influenza in 2009 and currently COVID-19. In this online seminar, we will review these events and discuss the ecology, pathogenesis and transmission of these viral pathogens, as well as discuss the importance of using public health science to inform disease control policy.