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Retro Disease Fighting Posters Make Public Health Cool Again

Take that, malaria. 👊

While Zika virus dominates the headlines, the Center for Infectious Disease Research’s jazzy new poster series is here to remind us that “old news infectious diseases” ― HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and sleeping sickness ― still claim millions of lives each year.

While malaria was eliminated in the United States in the early 1950s, it’s still a pressing public health concern worldwide. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, about 3.2 billion people ― almost half of the world’s population ― are at risk for malaria.

Enter this Human vs. Pathogen poster series, which pays homage to “World War-era” public health propaganda posters, classic movie posters and comic books, and serves as an important reminder that our battle against infectious diseases should extend beyond our country’s borders.

Want to support infectious disease research? Hi-resolution images of the retro “Human vs. Pathogen” series are available on CIDR’s website.

H/T: Slate

HIV/AIDS worldwide death toll: 1.1 million in 2015
Malaria's worldwide death toll: 438,000 in 2015
TB's worldwide death toll: 1.5 million in 2014
Sleeping sickness worldwide: 3,796 cases in 2014
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