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Notes on VDH West Nile Virus Power Point Presentation

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Purpose of the Presentation:

This Powerpoint presentation was developed to provide a reasonably comprehensive understanding of the current status of West Nile virus epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention, with a focus on Virginia.  The presentation is the result of collecting the information and work of many people (see Acknowledgements slide).  Although originally intended to be a resource for providing an introduction and update on WNV to healthcare providers in Virginia, it has been expanded for use for a wide variety of audiences.

However, since different audiences may have different needs, it has also been designed to provide flexibility for the presenter.  As a result, there are several things to note.

Presentation Length:

The current presentation has approximately 185 slides.  However, many of these do not require much time (i.e., title slides, images) or are ‘hidden’ (see below).  As a result, the presentation in its current state should provide a relatively full 2 hour presentation (adding additional slides, or using hidden slides would increase the time required).  Slides may be further edited (deleted or hidden) as desired to fit a shorter time slot.  Topics that could easily be removed include WNV pathology, WNV and the blood supply, and special studies.  Other topics (e.g., diagnosis and treatment) could also be thinned down.

Hidden Slides:

The 185 slides in the presentation includes 29 HIDDEN slides.  Hidden slides are visible in the slide sorter or slide editor views (you can distinguish the hidden slides as they have their slide number struck-through).  However, hidden slides DO NOT APPEAR when the presentation is run.  The purpose of these hidden slides is to provide additional background material to the presenter, or slides that might provide additional information for specialized audiences. 

To have a hidden slide appear in the presentation, in the slide sorter view, right click on the slide, and click on “Hide Slide” under the Slide Show menu to undo the hiding function.  The same process can be used to hide slides that are felt to be unnecessary.  Slides can also be hidden/revealed on the slide editor view by clicking on “Hide Slide” under the Slide Show menu.

Slide Notes:

Since some slides are not self-explanatory (e.g., have abbreviations, charts, images, etc), or raise additional points of interest, many slides have notes attached.  These notes are NOT visible in the presentation, but should be visible under the normal slide editor page (they can also be seen by selecting the Notes page from the View menu).

Things to Do Prior to the Presentation:

Although this presentation is provided to help minimize the presenter’s preparation time, there are several things that need to be done prior to the presentation:

  Make sure you have the most recent version of this presentation – the presentation may be updated over time as new information about WNV becomes available.

  Add the presenter’s Name, Date and Presentation to the title slide (slide #3)

  Add an up-to-date WNV US distribution map to slide #36 (see slide for website address) – delete the old map, copy the new map, and paste it onto the slide.  Since this map is updated weekly, we cannot ensure that the map provided in slide #36 of the presentation is the most current available when you download the file.

  Depending on the presentation length, audience and objective of the presentation, hide or delete excess slides.

  Review the notes attached to some slides to provide additional information or explanation – please review the notes as needed

For Additional Information:

If you have any questions about the information provided in this presentation, or questions related to the instructions provided above, please contact Christopher Novak, MD, MPH, Office of Epidemiology, Virginia Department of Health at 804 864 8119 or

Last Updated: 03-29-2013

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