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Volume 16, Number 2—February 2010

Another Dimension

Personal Log, Stardate 42552.6

Curi KimComments to Author 
Author affiliation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Detroit, Michigan, USA

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EID Kim C. Personal Log, Stardate 42552.6. Emerg Infect Dis. 2010;16(2):368. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1602.AD1602
AMA Kim C. Personal Log, Stardate 42552.6. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2010;16(2):368. doi:10.3201/eid1602.AD1602.
APA Kim, C. (2010). Personal Log, Stardate 42552.6. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 16(2), 368. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1602.AD1602.
Awaiting the alien delegation from Sarona VIII
To scan them for communicable space disease,
I think of history and can’t help but now speculate
If our ancestral officers in duty were at ease
At their own quarantining stations, earthbound ports of entry,
There watchful for all ancient scourges crossing borders
(tuberculosis … measles … influenza … coxsackie),
Assessing travelers sans medical tricorders,
But using only judgment and with epi skills equip’d
To help determine meaning in a cough, a rash;
And knowing what they saw was barely the berg’s tip
Considering all the infected travelers they didn’t “catch”—
Ah, the delegates just beamed aboard to be met;
Let’s see what interstellar parasites we detect!

Dr Kim is a quarantine medical officer at the CDC Detroit Quarantine Station, Detroit, Michigan. Her primary research interest is traveler’s health.

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DOI: 10.3201/eid1602.AD1602

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