The Ebola outbreak in Africa has been dominating media coverage. Closer to home, NSWA gathered experts to talk about the outbreak from both medical and journalism points of view at our monthly meeting on Nov. 12 at University House.

John Lynch, an infectious disease expert at UW Medicine, gave some background on the virus and the current outbreak and talked about what hospitals are doing to take precautions. Michael McCarthy, a Seattle-based medical journalist, talked about what it’s been like covering the outbreak for the British Medical Journal.

  • , M.D., M.P.H., is a UW Medicine physician and medical director of infection control at Harborview Medical Center.
  •  Michael McCarthy, M.D. has been a medical journalist for 25 years. He currently reports daily on U.S. news for the BMJ (British Medical Journal), covering medical research as well as health policy and politics. Prior to that he was North American Editor for The Lancet. He has reported on medicine and science for a wide variety of news outlets including public radio, major newspapers and newswire services. His website, LocalHealthGuide, features national and local health news relevant to readers in the Puget Sound Region.