Images of diseases and public health

June 22, 2009 § Leave a comment

Sometimes you have to show microscopic images of a virus or depict the symptoms of a disease. The Public Health Image Library at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a good place to start. You will find high-resolution images of the HIV, H5n1 viruses and anthrax spores. You will also see X-rays of anthrax-infected lungs and the sores of people with anthrax-infected skin. There’s some pretty gross stuff here, so be prepared.

From their image database, here is an image of a Gulf Coast tick:


The characteristic “bull’s eye” mark of someone infected with Lyme disease:


This one shows the droplets emerging from a man’s nose and mouth¬†when he sneezes without covering his mouth:



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