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Men can help protect their families and future from Zika

Reposted from The Huffington Post on June 22, 2016 As director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, my job is to protect our nation’s health. As a husband and father, my family’s health and safety is always foremost on my mind. Zika virus, and the birth defects it can cause, is a new Read More >

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The Private Sector Is Stepping Up to Combat the Zika Virus—Congress Should Too

Map diagraming the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus could potentially reach in the United States

Reposted from the White House Blog on June 6, 2016 Imagine this: You’re standing by a lake and you see someone drowning. You have the ability to save that person, but your hands are tied.  Doctors who have spent the past three decades working in CDC’s birth defects center tell me that they have never seen Read More >

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Protecting the Health of Americans by Improving the Use of Antibiotics

Dr. Frieden

Reposted from The Healthcare Blog on May 4, 2016 Few appreciate the threat of antibiotic resistance to human medicine more than readers of this blog. You know antibiotics as lifesaving “miracle” drugs that treat sepsis, save victims of burns and trauma, and are crucial to survival of patients receiving transplants and cancer treatment. At the same Read More >

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CDC Chief: Zika is coming. To fully protect Americans we must have the funds we need


Reposted from Fox News on April 1, 2016 At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention we’ve learned to expect the unexpected – but the ongoing Zika outbreak has caused dangers from a mosquito bite no one imagined: birth defects. It’s been more than 50 years since we’ve seen a birth defect linked to a virus Read More >

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CDC director: What we’re doing about the Zika virus

Dr. Frieden

Reposted from CNN on February 1, 2016. Vaccines and antibiotics have made many infectious diseases a thing of the past; we’ve come to expect that public health and modern science can conquer all microbes. But nature is a formidable adversary. And Zika is our newest threat, particularly to pregnant women. New, unfamiliar and mysterious threats to Read More >

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