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IOM Trivia contest rules


A chance to win prizes while spreading food safety awareness? YES!


1) An individual can win one prize each day.
2) If you win a prize, you are ineligible to win again that day.
3) If you were one of the 10 winners from last week’s giveaway, you CAN still participate in this contest and win once per day like everyone else!
4) Anyone outside the United States is ineligible to win.
There will be up to FIVE winners per day for the 5-day work week (M-F) July 15th through July 19th, 2019.
5) You must FOLLOW our Twitter account @outbreakmuseum to be eligible to win in the Twitter portion of this contest.


Each winner will receive:
One (1) Official IOM branded T-shirt*, and;
One (1) Official IOM branded Frisbee**
*Sizes include S, M, L, XL, and a few larger sizes. The size you choose (if you win) is subject to supplies while they last.
**While Frisbee supplies last

This contest will take place over 5 days (Monday through Friday next week, July 15th-19th) and be held on both Twitter as well as our newsletter mailing list.

Sign up at the bottom of this page if you are interested in the mailing list⁠ and the giveaway therein—two more days of separate prizes!

Twitter Trivia Contest Details and Rules

Next week at 6am on July 15th (Monday), 6am July 17th (Wednesday), and 6am July 19th (Friday) will tweet five questions via our Twitter account: @outbreakmuseum.

The answers to these questions will be information that can be found at our website A worthy scavenger hunt, detectives!

Find the answer to one of the questions on the website, and reply to the tweet with that answer. The first to answer each question correctly* wins one of the day’s 5 prizes!
*”Correctly” is at our discretion due to the possibly abstract nature of answers, but we will try to be as fair as possible.

Mailing List Contest Details and Rules

Next week at 6am on July 16th (Tuesday) and 6am on July 18th (Thursday) we will send a single email to everyone on our mailing list.

Note: You can sign up on the email list box at the bottom of any page on this website. Make sure to check your email after a few minutes for the confirmation link!

Each day’s email will have five questions. You must answer at least three of these questions correctly. Send your answers to as soon as you are done! The first five people each day that answers any three of the five questions correctly will win both a t-shirt and a frisbee* (*while supplies last). We will reach out via email to the winners both the days’ contests.


If you win a prize you are ineligible to win again that day. Any individual may win up to one prize each day.

We will announce winners as they qualify: all winners will be selected by 7/20; winners must send us their info by 7/24 or they forfeit their prize. We will reach out to Twitter winners via Twitter messaging. We will reach out to email list winners via your listed email address.

We will ask for a valid U.S. mailing address as well as your preferred T-shirt size (and a backup size if we run out of your first choice). You MUST provide a mailing address and preferred T-shirt sizes by July 24th or you will forfeit your prize(s).

We will ship your t-shirt and frisbee* (*while supplies last) by July 31st. Please allow some time for transit.
At this time we can only ship prizes to any US state, including Alaska and Hawaii. Anyone outside the country is ineligible to win.

The Fine Print

Prizes will be shipped out by July 31st, 2019. Sizes are limited to first come, first serve. We cannot guarantee availability of your chosen size. Frisbee prizes will be given out as supplies last. Once they are gone, they are gone!

Museum Exhibit Contest


Welcome, citizen, to the Museum’s first outbreak submission contest!

Submit a significant or interesting outbreak investigation and you may win official International Outbreak Museum T-shirts! The winning outbreak investigation submission will also become an official online exhibit right here on the Museum website.

   To download these rules as a PDF, Click Here
   To download these rules as a Microsoft Office Word Document, Click Here

Promotion Period:The International Outbreak Museum (IOM) Outbreak Submission T-shirt Contest begins March 1st, 2018 and ends March 31st, 2018. A winner will be chosen within 30 days of the promotion end date. We will contact the winner if additional online exhibit materials are needed.

Prize: The winner (or each member of the winning team) will receive a T-shirt in (choose one) small, medium, large, or extra large (subject to availability). In addition, your winning outbreak investigation will become an official IOM website online exhibit.

Special Requirements: Since the chosen winner’s exhibit will become an official online exhibit at, the aforementioned must be willing to work in a limited fashion with museum staff to finalize the online outbreak exhibit. This may include a request for additional information or materials (such as pictures, video, an epi curve, outbreak questionnaire, etc).

Eligibility: Anyone can submit an outbreak investigation. There are no restrictions for eligibility based upon geographic location or whether or not you participated in the submitted outbreak investigation. T-shirts will be shipped to the winners within 2-8 weeks (to the best of our ability).

How To Enter: You may enter this contest as an individual or a small team. To enter the contest, a historically significant outbreak investigation report must be submitted to International Outbreak Museum staff.

To submit your exhibit, please fill out the online exhibit submission form (below) and submit it along with any supporting materials (images, captions for images, publications, presentations, epi curve, etc) to the following email address:


NOTE: For examples of current online outbreak exhibits, please click “Outbreak Exhibits” at the top of this page or click here.

   To download this form as a PDF, Click Here
   To download this form as a Microsoft Office Word Document, Click Here


  • 1) Investigation jurisdiction (local Health Department, state Health Department, Federal, Other)
  • 2) Pathogen
  • 3) Vehicle/venue
  • 4) Case counts (confirmed/presumptive/suspect)
  • 5) Geographic distribution of cases (single county/state-wide/multi-state/International)
  • 6) First and last onset dates
  • 7) Pictures! (please include captions for each photo submitted as part of exhibit)
  • 8) Number of positive non-human specimens (water, environment, food, etc.)


  • 9) Publication citation (optional)
  • 10) Presentations (optional)
  • 11) Investigation tools (e.g., questionnaire) (optional)


Please limit the 3 sections below to a total of ~1000 words

  1. 1) Abstract: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions
  2. 2) Highlights: unique features or reasons why the outbreak is important
  3. 3) Lessons learned
  4. Please send this completed form to