Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD) News Bulletin

Summer 2016, Issue 18

July 3, 2016: Content on this page kept for historical reasons.

Mycoplasma pneumoniae illustration

Image: 3D illustration of Mycoplasma pneumoniae developed by CDC graphic designers with technical input from DBD.


DBD is pleased to announce development of new products for staff, clinicians, and the general public:

Laboratory Photos and 3D Pathogen Illustrations

Jessica Kolis, on DBD’s health communication science team, collaborated with CDC photographer Jim Gathany to stage photo shoots in each of DBD’s laboratories as part of a division-wide project to compile an extensive photo repository documenting the division’s laboratory activities that support the agency’s domestic and global public health laboratory trainings, research, specimen testing, and outbreak response activities. Photos demonstrate how staff adhere to the highest laboratory quality and safety standards. The communications team is also working with CDC graphic designers to develop a series of 3D illustrations for the pathogens the division works with. These products will be available for use in presentations, trainings, news coverage, and on websites. For more information, please contact the DBD communications team.

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New! Materials and Websites

Legionnaires’ Disease Vital Signs
Read more about how water management programs in buildings can be used to help prevent outbreaks. Also find new fact sheets, graphics, podcasts, and more.


Lab Photoshoot, Jim Gathany

Photo: CDC photographer Jim Gathany photographs How-Yi Chang, a microbiologist in the Bacterial Meningitis Laboratory, analyzing a plate of Neisseria meningitidis as her actions are observed by Betsy Butler, DBD’s laboratory safety officer.

Toolkit: Developing a Water Management Program to Reduce Legionella Growth and Spread in Buildings
Download DBD and NCEH’s new practical guide to implementing industry standards.


Legionnaires’ Disease Fact Sheets
Find new Legionnaires’ disease fact sheets for clinicians and the general public on the Legionella website. The general public version is available in Spanish.


MenAfriNet Website
The MenAfriNet websiteexternal icon, with the latest details about activities, partners, and the project’s future plans, has been launched.


LAPP Website
The new Latin American Pertussis Project (LAPP) website includes reviews of LAPP’s objectives, information on pertussis surveillance in LAPP countries, and resources.

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pathogen illustrations

Illustratations: From left to right, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, Legionella pneumophila, Streptococcus pyogenes, Haemophilus influenzae, and Cornybacterium diphtheriae.