Vision Series: Charles Bailey to Discuss Rift Valley Fever Virus

Posted: September 26, 2011 at 10:49 am, Last Updated: September 26, 2011 at 10:50 am

Charles Bailey. Creative Services photo

“Rift Valley Fever Virus: An Emerging Infectious Disease Threat” is the subject of the first Vision Series lecture at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus this year.

Charles Bailey, executive director of Mason’s National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases and Distinguished Professor of Biology, will discuss this virus on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Though the Rift Valley fever virus outbreaks are currently restricted to Africa and Southwest Asia, both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are concerned that this mosquito- and aerosol-transmitted virus may find its way to North America and the United States.

The virus causes hemorrhagic symptoms and mortality in approximately 1 percent of humans infected, as well as abortions in 90-100 percent of infected domestic livestock.

Bailey’s presentation will focus on both what has been learned about the life cycle and epidemiology of this virus in its native habitat and what could happen if the virus is introduced into the Americas.

Bailey has overseen the five-year building project of Mason’s Biomedical Research Laboratory, which began in 2005 when Mason was awarded a $27.7 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Prior to joining Mason, Bailey served as commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, where he led medical and scientific research programs dedicated to the development of new forms of medical protection against biological weapons and other infectious diseases.

The results of his hands-on experiments with a wide variety of infectious agents have been published in more than 100 scientific articles in refereed books and journals. He has also presented at national and international conferences and to U.S. government officials, and served previously as a senior analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency. Bailey holds a doctorate from Oklahoma State University.

The fifth annual Vision Series is sponsored by Mason’s Office of the Provost. Tickets are not required for these free events, which are followed by an informal reception with light refreshments. For more information, see


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