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Disease Detectives: meet the scientists (Back to Detectives Menu)
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She strives to stop epidemics
To protect the people of Minnesota, state epidemiologist Ruth Lynfield directs the surveillance, control and prevention of infectious diseases. She works with scientists, health care providers and the public, translating research findings into action aimed at controlling the diseases that may threaten us tomorrow.

Ruth finds the health profession to be rewarding, with lots of opportunities. Her advice to people seeking a career in the field is to take the time and energy to find what excites you, and to understand your strengths and weaknesses. She likes working in public health because it allows her to help large numbers of people.
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