|Description:||This is one in a series of twenty-four images (PHIL 16125 - 16148) captured at a memorial ceremony exhibit entitled, “Honoring Dr. Stephen B. Thacker”. The DVD depicted here, had been created in order to provide viewers with a history of the onset and investigation into the Legionnaire’s disease outbreak of 1976, which Dr. Thacker was a part.|
The outbreak of what was to become known as Legionnaires’ disease, began at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The bacterium, Legionella pneumophila, got its name after a 1976 outbreak, when many people who went to a Philadelphia convention of the American Legion suffered from this disease, a type of pneumonia (lung infection). Although this type of bacterium was around before 1976, more illness from Legionnaires' disease is being detected now.
The photographic series was compiled March, 2013. The CDC Public Health Library and Information Center hosted an exhibit honoring Dr. Thacker’s life and contributions to the CDC. The exhibit remained on display from early February, through the EIS Conference in late April of 2013.