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Be a detective: Understanding disease outbreaks


March 18, 2020 - Nick Babcock,


Be a Detective: Understanding Disease Outbreaks is a lesson plan designed to provide additional resources for the Center for Disease Control’s graphic novel The Junior Disease Detectives – Operation: Outbreak. As a group, and after reading the graphic novel, participants will discuss the principles of epidemiology, common epidemiologic terms and the steps epidemiologists take to investigate a disease outbreak.


After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the steps of an outbreak investigation.
  • Identify the group or groups at higher risk for variant influenza.
  • Identify the source and risk factors for disease transmission in a story.
  • Describe the outbreak in a story in terms of time, place and affected population



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