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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a Web site that lets visitors ask scientists questions, speak out on public health issues and even buy “disease neckties.”

Visitors to the CDC Foundation’s site – TheFrontLine – also can make donations to the foundation, which develops programs with the CDC to fight threats to public health.

Web site features include public health education videos, film coverage of pediatrician in a Kenyan hospital, scientific reports from the CDC and an online store that lets visitors buy CDC memorabilia.

The site’s discussion forum currently features a dialogue about the threat of influenza.

TheFrontLine is the latest effort by the CDC Foundation to connect the public to the scientists and the work of the CDC.

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