CDC exhibit explores Ebola outbreak, aftermath

July / August 2017 | Volume 16, Issue 4

Two workers in personal protective gear test samples and record data in makeshift lab with tarp walls
Photo by David Snyder, courtesy of the CDC Foundation

Visitors to the CDC museum in Atlanta, Georgia can explore various aspects of the historic 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic in a new exhibit. Titled "Ebola: People + Public Health + Political Will," the display describes the early days of the outbreak, the heroic work of West African and international healthcare workers and the U.S. response. In addition, it examines issues Ebola survivors continue to face, including stigma.

The exhibition features artifacts, first-person audio testimonials, innovative health communication materials, documentaries, stunning photographs by leading photojournalists and images taken by CDC staff deployed to West Africa. It concludes with an introspective look at "lessons learned" by CDC and its partners, and the efforts to create a public health and societal infrastructure that can conquer diseases such as Ebola before they become international public health emergencies.

Continuing through May 25, 2018, the exhibition was organized and sponsored by the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, the Office of the Associate Director for Communication, the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases, the Center for Global Health and the CDC Foundation.

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