David J. Sencer CDC Museum:
In Association with the Smithsonian Institution
Disease Cards - Set 1
This card set has photos and information about some of the infectious diseases that CDC studies. You can view the set online OR download and print your own copy. To view or print your own set, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can download a free copy at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.htm.
Infectious Disease Series 1
Infectious Diseases [PDF 108KB]
Learn more about infectious diseases of public health importance. Test your knowledge with quiz on back of card.
Anthrax [PDF 99KB]
Anthrax is a serious disease caused by a very small organism made up of one cell.
Avian Influenza [PDF 89KB]
Avian flu (or bird flu) is a disease caused by viruses that occur naturally among wild birds
Cryptosporidiosis [PDF 243KB]
Cryptosporidiosis is caused by a parasite so small that about 10,000 of them could fit on the period at the end of this sentence.
Cyclosporiasis [PDF 81KB]
Cyclosporiasis is a disease caused by Cyclospora, which is a parasite too small to be seen without a microscope.
Drug Resistance [PDF 80KB]
happens when antimicrobial drugs - some of which are called antibiotics - can no longer kill microbes or stop them from growing.
Ebola [PDF 78KB]
Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe disease caused by a virus.
E. coli O157:H7 Infection [PDF 83KB]
E. coli is a type of bacteria. In 1982, scientists discovered E. coli O157:H7 could make people very sick.
Hantavirus [PDF 88KB]
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is a deadly disease spread by certain mice and rats.
HIV [PDF 88KB]
HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, lives in blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk.
Legionnaires' Disease [PDF 81KB]
Legionnaires' disease is caused by Legionella bacteria.
Lyme Disease [PDF 88KB]
Lyme disease is spread by the bite of a deer tick.
Psittacosis [PDF 80KB]
Psittacosis, sometimes called "parrot fever," is a disease spread from birds to humans.
Rabies [PDF 88KB]
Rabies is a serious disease caused by a virus.
Recreational Water Illness [PDF 83KB]
Recreational water illnesses are caused by swimming in water contaminated with germs like Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E. coli O157:H7, and Shigella.
Salmonellosis [PDF 83KB]
Salmonellosis is caused by a germ called Salmonella.
SARS [PDF 81KB]
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is caused by a virus that infects the lungs.
Staph Infection [PDF 74KB]
Staph is one of the most common germs found on people's skin and in their noses.
Strep A Infection [PDF 83KB]
Strep A is a type of bacteria often found in the throat or on the skin.
Tuberculosis [PDF 78KB]
Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria and usually attacks the lungs.
Ulcers [PDF 75KB]
An ulcer is a sore or hole in the lining of the stomach or the duodenum (first part of small intestine).
West Nile Virus [PDF 77KB]
West Nile virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.