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The Making of the Disease Detectives, Or the Case of the Nutty Dish

From: Philip Graitcer
Length: 09:04

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They’re called disease detectives – the nation’s medical eyes and ears on the lookout for disease outbreaks and bioterror attacks. They’re the Epidemic Intelligence Service officers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They go all over the world to handle outbreaks of measles, malaria, and even Ebola. Each July, 70 new trainees become EIS Officers. Join two rookies as they learn to become disease detectives by solving the case of the nutty dish.

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They’re called disease detectives – the nation’s medical eyes and ears on the lookout for disease outbreaks and bioterror attacks. They’re the Epidemic Intelligence Service officers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They go all over the world to handle outbreaks of measles, malaria, and even Ebola. Each July, 70 new trainees become EIS Officers. Join two rookies as they learn to become disease detectives by solving the case of the nutty dish.

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They’re called disease detectives – the nation’s medical eyes and ears on the lookout for disease outbreaks and bioterror attacks. They’re the Epidemic Intelligence Service officers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They go all over the world to handle outbreaks of measles, malaria, and even Ebola. Each July, 70 new trainees become EIS Officers. Join two rookies as they learn to become disease detectives by solving the case of the nutty dish.

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Wonderful story

Really great piece - brings the study of new infectious diseases to life. Very easy to listen to. And very relevant.

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NARRATOR Ladies and Gentlemen, what you are about to hear is a dramatization of an actual outbreak investigation solved by the men and women of the Epidemic Intelligence Service. It’s now a case study used each year to train new EIS officers.

Dragnet type MUSIC

NAR (Jack Webb voice) You are Epidemic Intelligence Service officers at the Centers for Disease Control. You are assigned to the Foodborne Outbreak Investigations Unit. In the past month, the CDC laboratory identified a new strain of Salmonella Typhimurium. It’s made people ill in 15 states. Your job, find out the source of this new strain and stop it from spreading.

MUSIC, then bed.

51-K-intro.Hi My name is Katie Curran and I’m an incoming EIS officer at CDC.

Epidemiology runs in Curran’s family. Her dad was an epidemiologist at CDC and an EIS officer. She’s 33. Has a PhD in epidemiology. And can’t wait to join EIS.

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NARRATOR Ladies and Gentlemen, what you are about to hear is a dramatization of an actual outbreak investigation solved by the men and women of the Epidemic Intelligence Service. It’s now a case study used each year to train new EIS officers.

Dragnet type MUSIC

NAR (Jack Webb voice) You are Epidemic Intelligence Service officers at the Centers for Disease Control. You are assigned to the Foodborne Outbreak Investigations Unit. In the past month, the CDC laboratory identified a new strain of Salmonella Typhimurium. It’s made people ill in 15 states. Your job, find out the source of this new strain and stop it from spreading.

MUSIC, then bed.

51-K-intro.Hi My name is Katie Curran and I’m an incoming EIS officer at CDC.

Epidemiology runs in Curran’s family. Her dad was an epidemiologist at CDC and an EIS officer. She’s 33. Has a PhD in epidemiology. And can’t wait to join EIS.

K-51-dr...
Read the full transcript

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

[Recorded version of this available - in additional files}
They’re called disease detectives - the nation’s medical eyes and ears. They’re the first line of defense, on the lookout for disease outbreaks, bioterror attacks, and changing trends in chronic disease. They’re the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Assignments take them all over the world to handle outbreaks of measles, malaria, and even Ebola.

Each July some 70 new trainees join the Epidemic Intelligence Service to become EIS Officers. Part of their training involves reviewing and “investigating” old outbreak cases. This is the tale of how two rookies learn to become disease detectives by solving the case of the nutty dish.

OUTRO:

{Recorded version of this story with tag available on this site}
Ramifications of this outbreak rippled through the food processing industry and led to the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act. There were legal implications too. In August 2014, executives of the peanut processing plant went on trial on criminal charges for their role in selling tainted food.

Dr. Philip Graitcer, a former EIS officer, produced this story. The voice of the narrator was Adam Fristow.

[Mandatory TAG]
"This program is part of the PRX STEM Story Project, made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation."

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Dragnet Theme Soundtrack & Theme Orchestra TV Themes: Classic Police & Detective. Countdown Media 2008 02:47
Dragnet Theme (Cover) St Martins Symphony of Los Angeles Dragnet. Master Classics Records 2009 03:36
Dragnet Themet (Cover) Ray Anthony Band 20 Greatest TV Themes of All Time. Positive Vibrations 2013 01:54

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Additional Credits

Mandatory Credit:
"This story is produced by Dr. Philip Graitcer, a former EIS Officer. This program is part of the PRX STEM Story Project, made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "

Judith Smelser, Editor
Adam Fristoe, Narrator