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EcoHealth Alliance to Honor Lynda Obst at Annual Benefit

April 2, 2019

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 2, 2019--EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization working at the intersection of animal, environmental, and human health, announced today it will honor award-winning producer and author Lynda Obst at its annual benefit: Going Viral—Connecting You to a Healthier World, to take place May 16, 2019 in New York City. EcoHealth Alliance will celebrate Obst, producer of National Geographic’s upcoming miniseries The Hot Zone, based on the best-selling book about Ebola virus’ impact on global health.

“EcoHealth Alliance is a global leader in scientific research into the connections between human, animal, and environmental health, the organization’s work is critical to the future of our planet,” Obst said. “I’m delighted to accept this honor and on behalf of the entire cast and crew of The Hot Zone. I hope its debut on National Geographic will bring even more attention to EcoHealth Alliance’s vision of a world without pandemics.”

Lynda Obst is one of Hollywood’s most successful producers. Her credits include Interstellar, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Contact, and Sleepless in Seattle. In addition to The Hot Zone, Obst’s TV credits include Good GirlsRevolt, Hot in Cleveland, Helix, and the Emmy-nominated The ’60s. Obst wrote the bestsellers Hello He Lied: And Other Truths from the Hollywood Trenches and Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business.

“We’ve seen time and again how popular culture can shape our national–and global–dialogue, which is why we were so delighted to learn Ms. Obst was adapting Richard Preston’s seminal work of nonfiction for the screen,” EcoHealth Alliance President Dr. Peter Daszak said. “We think it’s high time we shine a light on new and emerging diseases, like Ebola, as one of the greatest, preventable threats to global prosperity. We hope The Hot Zone does just that and the support from National Geographic will support our work getting out in front of these pandemic threats.”

Since its identification in 1976, there have been more than 20 outbreaks of Ebola virus disease globally. The largest and most deadly began in West Africa in 2013, killed more than 11,000 people, and resulted in the first transmission of Ebola virus on U.S. soil. An outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has already killed more than 500 people and rages on today.

Proceeds from the benefit support EcoHealth Alliance’s research studying the critical connections between people, wildlife, and their environments. EcoHealth Alliance created the first-ever global disease hotspots map identifying regions at risk of emerging disease crises. This is the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance’s rigorous, science-based approach.

The benefit will include a preview of The Hot Zone, starring Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife and ER ), as well as Noah Emmerich and Topher Grace.

Tax-deductible tickets can be purchased at www.ecohealthalliance.org/tickets. Sponsors include Johnson & Johnson, National Geographic and SC Johnson. Contact Anthony Ramos at 212-380-4469 or benefit@ecohealthalliance.org to become a sponsor.

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Diane Stefani for EcoHealth Alliance

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diane.stefani19@gmail.com

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