IMAGES: Visualizing Infectious Disease

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Science  11 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5455, pp. 927
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5455.927a

Graphic images can be essential to understanding public health threats, notes the Public Health Image Library, created as a resource for teaching and research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The site's 1500-and-counting photos offer perspectives from the lab bench to the village and beyond. You can find HIV budding from a lymphocyte, slices of malaria-infected brain tissue, snapshots of children being vaccinated, and even graphs charting global cases of measles. Many of these diseases remain serious scourges, but historical images also chronicle progress. For instance, a 1977 photo shows a Somali man with the world's last known case of smallpox.

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