Created in June, 2014, by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Medical Epidemiologist, Umid Sharapov, M.D., M.Sc., this image depicts CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer, Lucy Breakwell, Ph.D., M.Sc., wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), which included a face mask, gloves, and a lab coat, as she was in the process of obtaining a nasopharyngeal swab from a child with measles, on the island of Kosrae, part of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). FSM is an independent sovereign island nation in the Western Pacific Ocean. No measles cases were reported in 20 years before this outbreak. When the first cases were reported, a CDC Epi-Aid team was dispatched to investigate the outbreak. There were 371 cases reported on three islands, over a 6 month period. This was one of the entries in the 2015 CDC Connects, Public Health in Action Photo Contest.
“Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles virus is highly contagious virus and spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Make sure you and your child are protected with measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.”
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