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The Disease Detectives


„The Disease Detectives“ is a free educational comic about the methods needed to conduct an outbreak investigation. It was created as a teaching tool by epidemiologists Esther and Florian for children and other curious beings. It is available in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, Slovak, German, Chinese, Norwegian, Danish, Russian, Persian and Hebrew versions together with more exciting stuff if you click the „Download“ menu.

Published outbreak investigations and case studies used in training exercises were screened and scripted into a comic about a fictitious food-borne outbreak of salmonella after a neighbourhood barbeque. The story follows three friends who eventually find out the true reason why none of their friends can come play football with them...

  1. Illustrations were hand-drawn on A3 Bristolboard paper with pen and ink

  2. Scans were edited with free open source software Inkscape and Gimp

  3. Copyrights were put under a creative commons license

  4. Separation of graphics and text allows easy translation

Disease Detectives were featured in the November 2008 issue of Eurosurveillance.

Two years after the smashing success of the comic „The Disease Detectives“, Florian and Esther are proud to present the sequel: „The Disease Detective Board Game“. Learn outbreak epidemiology through playing with your friends! Just click on „Boardgame“!

Esther Kissling is penciler, inker and colourist all rolled into one. Her unique drawing style is what gives „The Disease Detectives“ and „The Disease Detectives Board Game“ its personality.

Currently living in London, she is working at EpiConcept. If she is not teaching Epidemiology, she is perfectioning her Shaolin-Kung Fu.

Florian Burckhardt had the idea, did script and lettering for the Comic. The board game was a long planned project that could finally hatch during his paternity leave. He currently works as an Epidemiologist at the State Health Authority of Rhineland Palatinate.

Looking for the traveling exhibit „Disease Detectives“ created by the Science Museum of Minnesota? Click here and enjoy.

Join Lucy, Michael and Thomas in their exciting investigation and find out what it takes to be a Disease Detective!