CDC Epidemiologist Presentation


You are a Center for Disease Control (CDC) epidemiologist. The CDC is beginning a campaign to educate the public about infectious disease. You have been assigned to investigate an outbreak of a disease and make presentations at community libraries where people are at risk of getting the disease.

Choose one of the following diseases:

  • Ebola in Africa (2015)
  • measles in California (2015)
  • any series of food-borne illness outbreaks, such as E. coli or salmonella
  • non-polio enterovirus in North America (2015)
  • AIDS (1980–present, worldwide)
  • community-associated or hospital-associated MRSA (North America)

Using one or a combination of several of the following formats, put together a presentation to inform the public about your chosen disease.

  • slideshow (Include images.)
  • skit (Include a script.)

Your presentation, at a minimum, should include the following information:

  • symptoms of the disease
  • what causes the disease, how it spreads, and how it is treated
  • history of the disease (including first known cases, current rate and risk of infection, and outbreak events)
  • evolution (How did the disease become infectious to humans? Where did it originate?)
  • risk factors for getting the disease and how the disease can be prevented
  • anything else relevant or interesting to the public

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