2018 AMI Online Salon

Model Hand with Anthrax Lesions and Eschars

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Alissa Eckert; Atlanta, Georgia
  • Client: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Copyright: © 2018 CDC
  • Medium / software used: Silicone, airbrush
  • Final presentation format: silicone model
  • Primary audience: target audience is international partners (mostly but not limited to host country government employees) that investigate and collect samples from suspect human anthrax cases.

Project Description

This project will be used during training sessions for sample collection. It will be used multiple times in different countries including Cameroon, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and India. Responders will learn how to and practice collecting proper specimens that will allow for laboratory diagnosis. This model represents lesions and eschars from suspected anthrax exposure. There are three different markings. The first is a scab that has a flap that can be lifted slightly for participants to practice swabbing underneath to collect a sample of fluids and blood. One is an open wound/pustule. Another looks like a pustule with a secondary infection around it- swollen red skin with some fluid around the wound. The darker skin tone and rougher look was chosen to be more culturally appealing. Most specimens are taken from farmers of these countries.