Captured in September, 2014, this photograph depicts a number of Egyptian Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) residents in the process of reviewing hospital records during an investigation of a severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) infection outbreak at Hurghada General Hospital, located in the Red Sea Governorate of Egypt.
Integral to a public health response program is the investigative process, which traces the whereabouts of possible, or confirmed cases involved in a disease outbreak. Vitally important to solving the source of an epidemic, is to determine where, and when a patient contracted an illness, and with whom the patient had made contact, especially if the illness is of the communicable type, able to be transmitted from person to person.
The FETP trains workers on the ground to help countries build sustainable capacity for detecting and responding to health threats. The program develops in-country expertise so that disease outbreaks can be detected locally and prevented from spreading.
For more on the FETP, see the link below.