Experts to share latest info on Zika virus

Faculty experts at the LSU Health New Orleans Schools of Medicine and Public Health, along with Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, will discuss the latest information about the Zika virus at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The free event will be held in the first-floor auditorium at the LSU Health New Orleans Human Development Center, 411 S. Prieur St.

The panel of experts will provide information about the virus, including where it is and where it is expected to go, how it is transmitted, who is at highest risk and how to recognize Zika infections. They will also share the latest on Zika diagnostic tests and vaccine research, complications and prevention strategies.

New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are seen as especially vulnerable because the mosquito species that carries the virus thrives in those area. Some of the same conditions that promoted explosive breeding of these mosquitoes in other countries are also present in New Orleans.

World War II Museum to honor Memorial Day

The National World War II Museum will commemorate Memorial Day on May 30 with a series of public programs, officials announced.

The events will kick off at 10:30 a.m. with patriotic music by the Marine Corps Band New Orleans Brass Quintet. A ceremony at 11 a.m. will feature personal tributes from relatives of those who lost their lives during World War II.

Included will be remarks from Clay Bonnyman Evans, the grandson of 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman. A Medal of Honor recipient, Bonnyman was buried alongside fellow Marines in a battlefield cemetery on Betio Island following the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. Evans will tell the story of recovering the remains of his grandfather and other fallen heroes.

The event will also feature family members of Pvt. Earl J. Keating, a New Orleans native who was killed in action on Dec. 5, 1942, in the Australian territory of Papua (now Papua New Guinea). Keating was buried in Papua New Guinea with another New Orleanian, Pvt. John H. Klopp. The location of their gravesite was lost until 2011, when Keating’s and Klopp’s identification tags were discovered.

On May 28, Keating’s remains will be reinterred in New Orleans. His funeral procession will pass the National World War II Museum and pause as the museum’s flag is lowered to half-staff while Taps is played.

Also, Tom Tudor, a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia, will speak at the museum on May 30. He will highlight some of the famous military service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Insectarium offers ‘Wild Nights’ on West Bank

The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium this week is debuting “Wild Nights — Insect Adventure,” a seasonal opportunity for close-up observation of the arthropods at Audubon Wilderness Park, which is within the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center on the West Bank.

Audubon entomology staff members will set up special lights after sunset and observe insects that are attracted to the area. Guests will learn about the insects’ natural history and how the entomologists collect animals for exhibits.

As part of the experience, participants will walk a wooded trail and hear insects, spiders and other wildlife in a bottomland hardwood forest.

“Wild Nights — Insect Adventure” will be offered May 27, June 10, June 24, July 9, July 15, Aug. 6 and Aug. 26.

The evening program runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes a sandwich dinner. Participants will also receive a “field kit” containing a collection of vials, a headlamp, a magnifying glass, moth-collecting envelopes and a water bottle.

The experience is limited to ages 8 and older and can accommodate a maximum of 15 guests per night. Each adult can accompany up to three children.

Tickets are $115 per person for Audubon members and $125 for others.