It's not all public health wonk work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seems the federal agency has won the grand prize at a film festival. Not quite Cannes, but cheers, nonetheless.
The CDC and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition took the honors last week at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology's third annual film festival in conjunction with the group's 40th annual conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The winner is “Safe Injection Practices—How to Do it Right.” The video—which runs a little more than 4 minutes and can be viewed on YouTube—portrays the experiences of Joe, an animated character with hip pain who acquires an infection from unsafe injection practices. As the narrator explains, the bacteria from an already-used vial “easily hitched a ride” with the injection into Joe's hip.