Mozambican batik on the cover of EID

Happy that a Mozambican batik that Kristen and I own is on the cover of this month’s issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases. This issue of EID is focused on Ebola (of course there is no Ebola in Mozambique, only in central/West Africa). We bought the Batik in the Parque dos Continuadores in Maputo a few years ago. Unfortunately I don’t know the artist’s name. Batiks are brightly colored wall hangings. The issue has a number of interesting articles including:

  • An article written by CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden about Ebola in W. Africa
  • An overview of TB control in South Korea
  • An article by my friend Meredith Dixon and colleagues about Ebola contact tracing in Guinea

Dr. David Swerdlow, a former MGH infectious diseases fellow who is a CDC medical epidemiologist photographed the batik in Atlanta about a year and a half ago. He is an accomplished photographer as well as a leading epidemiologist. Also, I wanted to thank the EID staff who helped make this happen– Sharon Bloom, Byron Breedlove, and Editor-in-Chief Peter Drotman.


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