Operation Outbreak Graphic Novel
CDC has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and 4-H to develop “The Junior Disease Detectives: Operation Outbreak,” a graphic novel intended to educate youth audiences about variant flu and the real disease detective work conducted by public and animal health experts when outbreaks of infectious diseases occur.
This graphic novel follows a group of teenage 4-H members who participate in a state agricultural fair and later attend CDC’s Disease Detective Camp in Atlanta. When one of the boys becomes sick following the fair, the rest of the group use their newly-acquired disease detective knowledge to help a team of public and animal health experts solve the mystery of how their friend became ill.
Educational Activities for the Classroom
CDC has partnered with teachers participating in its Science Ambassador Fellowship to develop educational activities to accompany the graphic novel for use in middle and high school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classrooms. The activities highlight themes in the graphic novel to teach youth about public health science, epidemiology, biology, outbreak investigations and associated career skills. The graphic novel and its associated educational activities are part of a broader CDC initiative with USDA and other agricultural partners to raise awareness, knowledge and understanding of a One Health approach to zoonotic disease prevention and response. The activities below are available for free download and use, and additional classroom activities will be developed and posted to this site throughout the 2018-2019 school year.
- Revised! Educational Overview CDC pdf icon[135 KB, 5 pages, 508]: This document describes the learning objectives associated with the graphic novel and also topics related to influenza (flu) epidemiology, flu biology, zoonotic diseases, variant flu, novel flu and pandemic flu.
- Revised! Activity 1 – The Operation Outbreak Team CDC pdf icon[200 Kb, 16 pages, 508]: In this activity, students learn the various roles and responsibilities of the professionals involved in an outbreak response.
- New! Activity 2 – Eddie’s Story pdf icon[487 KB, 18 pages, 508]: In this activity, students investigate a disease outbreak and make data-driven decisions as the scenario progresses. Students will categorize cases of disease by the “who, what and when” (person, place and time) and medical features (clinical signs and symptoms) of disease. They then will use a case definition to determine if the cases are linked.
- New! Activity 3 – Hamlet’s Story pdf icon[200 KB, 15 pages, 508]: In this activity, students explore and identify the different ways flu viruses can spread between animals and people.