This photograph was created by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Scientist, and former Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer, Victor Balaban, Ph.D. The image was captured in South Africa, at the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). Here, the laboratory technician appeared to be working with a cell culture solution, using a syringe to add some of the sample to a a number of specimen vials, which were being placed in an upright position into an orange vial rack, all while performing this task within the confines of a negatively-pressurized flow hood. Note that the tech was wearing a pair of blue nitrile gloves, and protective eyewear.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started work in South Africa in 1989, helping partners address HIV. In 1994, CDC began to collaborate with the government to conduct epidemiology training, develop national health goals and objectives, develop national HIV clinical, ethical, and research guidelines, and support HIV and TB programs.”
For more on CDC’s public healthcare role in South Africa, please see the link below.