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Donald C. Mackel Memorial Award

Don Mackel was the first microbiologist in EIS (1953). It was said: “The early CDC reputation for always finding the cause of the epidemic was in no small part due to Don’s sleuthing from the Epi Lab.” The Donald C. Mackel Memorial Award, created by the EIS Alumni Association in partnership with the CDC Foundation, recognizes a current EIS officer for the oral presentation that best exemplifies the effective application of a combined epidemiology and laboratory approach to an investigation or study.


  • 2018 Use of a New Serologic Approach to Identify Avian Influenza A(H7N2) Virus Infections Among Animal Shelter Employees and Volunteers — New York City, 2016–2017. Eugenie Poirot
  • 2017 Unusual Pathogen Associated with Nonbiting Flies in a Person with Bacteremia — Washington State, 2016. Jesse Bonwitt
  • 2016 Isaac Benowitz Legionnaires’ Disease Caused by a Cooling Tower — New York City, 2015.
  • 2015 Louise Francois Watkins Molecular Epidemiology of Mycoplasma Pneumoniae (Mp) During an Outbreak of Mp-Associated Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.
  • 2014 Neil Vora Two Cattle Herdsmen Infected With a Novel Species of Orthopoxvirus—Georgia (county), 2013.
  • 2013 Mary J. Choi Active Surveillance for Variant Influenza Among Swine, the Environment, and Employees at Live Animal Markets—Minnesota, 2012.
  • 2012 Danielle E. Buttke Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid Toxicity as the Cause of Unknown Liver Disease—Tigray, Ethiopia, 2007–2011.
  • 2011 Noha H. Farag Outbreak of Nosocomial Listeriosis—Texas, 2010.
  • 2010 Andrew Medina-Marino Fatal Case of Laboratory-Acquired Infection with an Attenuated Yersinia pestis Strain of Plague—Illinois, 2009.
  • 2009 Melissa K. Schaefer Cardiac Events and Deaths in a Dialysis Facility Associated with Healthcare Provider—Texas, 2008.
  • 2008 Tai-Ho Chen Multistate Measles Outbreak Associated with an International Youth Sporting Event—Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Texas, August–September 2007.
  • 2007 Nicola Thompson Epidemiologic and Molecular Investigation of an Outbreak of Hepatitis C Viral Infection at Hemodialysis Unit—Richmond Virginia, 2006.
  • 2006 Mark Gershman Delayed Onset of Pseudomonas fluorescens Group Bloodstream Infections After Exposure to Contaminated Heparin Flush—Michigan and South Dakota.
  • 2005 E. Azziz-Baumgatner Case-Control Study of an Acute Aflatoxicosis Outbreak.
  • 2004 Joseph J. Amon Multiple Hepatitis A Outbreaks Associated with Green Onions Among Restaurant Patrons—Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina, 2003.
  • 2003 Barna D. Tugwell Hepatitis C Virus Transmission from an Antibody- Negative Organ and Tissue Donor
  • 2002 Jay K. Varma Dances with Cows? A Large Outbreak of E. coli O157 Infections at Multi-Use Community Facility—Lorain County, Ohio, September 2001.
  • 2001 Kevin L. Winthrop When Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep: An Outbreak of Rapidly Growing Mycobacterial Furunculosis Associated with a Nail Salon—California, 2000.
  • 2000 Lisa Grohskoph Serratia liquefaciens Bloodstream Infections and Pyrogenic Reactions Associated with Extrinsically Contaminated Erythropoietin—Colorado.
  • 1999 Kayla F. Laserson Clinical Mismanagement of Community Outbreak? The Contribution of DNA Finger-Printing to the Analysis of Chronic, Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Buenaventura, Colombia, 1998.
  • 1998 Kate Glynn And Weighing in at 25 Million Pounds—A Multistate Outbreak of Escherichia coli 0157:H7 Infections and the Largest Ground Beef Recall in United States History.
  • 1997 Katherine L. O’Brien Epidemic of Deaths from Acute Renal Failure Among Children in Haiti.
  • 1996 Huan Justina Chang International Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Caused by Alfalfa Sprouts Grown from Contaminated Seed. Barbara E. Mahon and Malassezia pachydermatis Fungemia in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Patients: There’s a [New] Fungus Among Us!
  • 1995 Martin S. Cetron Use of Urinary Antigen Testing To Detect an Outbreak of Nosocomial Legionnaires’ Disease in Connecticut, 1994. Lisa A. Lepine
  • 1994 Schistosomiasis and Lake Malawi: A New Site of Transmission Posing a Serious Risk to Expatriates and Tourists.
  • 1993 Hepatitis B Virus Transmission Associated with Thoracic Surgery, Los Angeles. Rafael Harpaz
  • 1992 Bacillary Angiomatosis, New Infectious Disease: Epidemiology, Clinical Spectrum, and Diagnostics. Janet C. Mohle-Boetani
  • 1991 Brian R. Edlin Nosocomial Outbreak of Isoniazid- and Streptomycin- Resistant Tuberculosis Among AIDS Patients,  New York City.
  • 1990 Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Associated with a Grocery Store Mist Machine. Frank J. Mahoney
  • 1989 Nosocomial Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Associated with Shower Use: Possible Role of Amoebae. Robert F. Breiman
  • 1988 Multistate Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Involving Tours to Vermont. Margaret Mamolen
  • 1987 Fatal Parathion Poisoning—Sierra Leone. Ruth A. Etzel