This image was created in October, 2014, by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Epidemiologist, Mary Alleman, M.P.H., Ph.D., during an outbreak of wild poliovirus in the Central African nation of Cameroon, in the city of Bafoussam, the regional capital of West Region, Cameroon. The photograph depicts the screen of a mobile telephone, which displayed a French SMS-based “Santé Alerte”, or in English, “Health Alert”, message, which was produced through a collaborative effort made by polio eradication partners in Cameroon. The message read, “poliomyélite! Signalez tout cas de paralysie Options Retour”, which when translated into English reads, “Poliomyelitis! Notify all cases of paralysis”. The message was received on the Dr. Alleman’s phone during her deployment to the region. This was one of the entries in the 2015 CDC Connects, Public Health in Action Photo Contest.
In 2013 and 2014, Cameroon had an outbreak of wild poliovirus. One epidemiologic aspect of a poliovirus outbreak response, is to conduct polio vaccination campaigns with high coverage of the target population. Various mass communication strategies are used to inform the population in advance of the campaigns, like the SMS-text message depicted here.
To read more about efforts being made to eradicate polio, see the link below.