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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.
Additional Information:
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.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ CDC Connects
Creation Date:2014
Photo Credit:Mary Alleman, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Links:CDC - Global Health; Global Health - Global Immunization; Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) Program
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Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment
Investigative Techniques
Immunologic Techniques
Immunization
Immunotherapy, Active
Vaccination
Mass Immunization
Therapeutics
Biological Therapy
Immunotherapy
Immunization
Immunotherapy, Active
Vaccination
Mass Immunization
Biological Sciences
Environment and Public Health
Public Health
Public Health Practice
Communicable Disease Control
Immunization
Mass Immunization
Vaccination
Primary Prevention
Immunization
Mass Immunization
Vaccination
Chemicals and Drugs
Immunologic and Biological Factors
Biological Products
Vaccines
Vaccines, Inactivated
Poliovirus Vaccine, Inactivated
Viral Vaccines
Poliovirus Vaccines
Poliovirus Vaccine, Inactivated
Poliovirus Vaccine, Oral
Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Central Nervous System Infections
Central Nervous System Viral Diseases
Myelitis
Poliomyelitis
Poliomyelitis
Myelitis
Poliomyelitis
Spinal Cord Diseases
Myelitis
Poliomyelitis
Poliomyelitis
Neuromuscular Diseases
Motor Neuron Disease
Poliomyelitis
Virus Diseases
Central Nervous System Viral Diseases
Myelitis
Poliomyelitis
Poliomyelitis
RNA Virus Infections
Picornaviridae Infections
Enterovirus Infections
Poliomyelitis
Geographic Locations
Geographic Locations
Africa
Africa South of the Sahara
Africa, Central
Cameroon
Health Care
Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services
Health Services
Preventive Health Services
Primary Prevention
Immunization
Mass Immunization
Vaccination
Organisms
Viruses
RNA Viruses
Picornaviridae
Enterovirus
Polioviruses
Poliovirus
Vertebrate Viruses
RNA Viruses
Picornaviridae
Enterovirus
Polioviruses
Poliovirus
Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.

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