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Members of The Dallas 40 believe it is imperative to learn more about important community issues by “drilling down” into a subject … listening to, learning from and interacting with those who are leading the way. Our speakers, all prominent in their own spheres of influence, address our meetings to educate our members on these issues and to enable them to influence the direction of our community based upon informed choice. By providing entree to circles of business, professional and community leaders, The Dallas 40 affords its members and invited guests the opportunity to engage the community’s best and brightest in a dialogue that makes a difference. The Dallas 40 is a nonpartisan organization, with membership open to men and women of all ages.

Next Meeting:

Monday, September 12th | RSVP

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Maggiano’s
5:30 p.m. Appetizers and Cash Bar
6:00 p.m. Program

The Zika Virus: How Afraid Should We Be?

Featured Speaker:
Dr. Seema Yasmin, Epidemiologist, Journalist, Commentator

Like many other viruses that we’ve faced in our past – polio, HIV, dengue, West Nile, Ebola, etc. – the Zika virus is not a “new” disease. Although its existence has been known for some time, not much research has been conducted to understand its symptoms, transmission, control, treatment, and lasting side effects. As a consequence, more than 160,000 people in Brazil alone have been infected in the last year, thousands of babies have been born with Zika-linked microcephaly, and researchers have recently concluded that the disease can cause neural defects in adults. We have no preventive vaccine, and Zika has now spread to the United States, with Texas almost certain to see non-travel-related Zika infections. (As of mid-August, Texas had 121 reported cases of Zika virus disease, all of them travel-related.) What is being done to prevent a growing health catastrophe? What should you do to protect yourself and those you love? How can we keep this from happening again with some other “known but unknown” virus? How afraid should we be.

About the Speaker

Dr. Seema Yasmin is an award-winning writer at The Dallas Morning News and a professor in public health at The University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Yasmin trained as a medical doctor at the University of Cambridge in England before serving as a disease detective in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. She has worked in Kenya and Botswana, and investigated epidemics in maximum-security prisons and healthcare facilities, and on American Indian reservations. She is a much-sought-after and popular public speaker, taking audiences behind the scenes of public health and engaging them with stories about epidemic investigations. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed medical journals as well as Scientific American, The Huffington Post and Thomson Reuters, among many others. During the Dallas Ebola scare at Presbyterian Dallas Hospital, Dr. Yasmin provided excellent, understandable, and continuing coverage for a variety of media outlets.


Guests are always welcome. We request a per-guest fee of $15. If a guest joins as a member on the day he/she attends a meeting, the $15 fee is credited against the dues fee. For the remainder of 2016, membership is pro-rated to $37.50 per person ($75 annually), or $65.00 per couple ($130 annually). Please RSVP Here

Maggiano’s, Northpark, 8687 N Central Expy, Suite 205, Dallas, TX 75225-4499 / Phone: 214-360-0707

Meeting is on the 2nd floor; a receptionist will direct you to the room. Surface, garage and valet parking are available. Maggiano’s entrance is on the south side of the mall. You can also enter from inside the mall.


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