Ebolavirus Ecology and Transmission

eckert_am_16A-1_2Title of entry: Ebolavirus Ecology and Transmission

Entrant’s name: Alissa Eckert

Membership Type: Professional

Other contributors:

Address: Atlanta, GA

Client: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Medium / software used: Photoshop CC 2014, Illustrator CC 2014

Final presentation format: downloadable web  graphic

Primary audience: General public

Intended purpose: This image illustrates how Ebola found in an animal reservoir can lead to

human transmission. The Ebola virus ecology and transmission is illustrated from left to right on the

page. Given a central location among the animals in the illustration, bats are strongly implicated as

both reservoirs and hosts for the ebolavirus.

The “spillover event” as illustrated by the male hunter links animal-to-animal transmission with

human-to-human transmission. Once humans are infected, strict isolation is essential to reducing

onward ebolavirus transmission from human to human. These modes of human-to-human

transmission are provided to the right of the hunter.

The digital watercolor design was meant to be approachable and easily accessible to limited health

literacy audiences.

The graphic is currently hosted on the CDC’s Ebola webpage.