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Category: Emergency Preparedness & Response

Keeping Tabs on Deadly Diseases

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This post originally appeared in CDC’s blog Public Health Matters. CDC is responsible for protecting the public from a host of health threats, including some pretty scary pathogens, like Ebola virus or anthrax for example. One way we do this is through our Select Agents Program which is responsible for governing and regulating the use Read More >

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Evacuating During an Emergency: Zoe’s Wildfire Story

A wildfire sweeps across Zoe’s town September 2013 marks the 10th annual National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. CDC strives to save lives and protect people, and one way we do this is by helping the public prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters like wildfires in Zoe’s case. In Read More >

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On the Go in an Emergency: Stephanie’s Hurricane Sandy Story

Stephanie CDC works around-the-clock to save lives and protect people; however, there are steps you can take to prepare for emergencies, especially those caused by natural disasters such as hurricanes. Now that the 2013 hurricane season is upon us, we wanted to share with you Stephanie’s Hurricane Sandy story.   When disaster strikes, you might be at home Read More >

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CDC Scientists Produce Speedy Results Analyzing H7N9 Virus

People continue to be infected with H7N9 bird flu in China. Fortunately, there is no evidence that this virus is spreading from person-to-person the way seasonal flu does. However, flu viruses are constantly changing and this virus could gain the ability to spread easily among people. At CDC, we are working around-the-clock in China and Read More >

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H7N9 Influenza: 6 Things You Should Know Now

Image of the H7N9 virus courtesy of Cynthia S. Goldsmith and Thomas Rowe Not long after a newsworthy 2012-2013 influenza season, flu is in the headlines again. On April 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) first reported 3 human infections with a new influenza A (H7N9) virus in China. Since then, additional cases have been Read More >

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CDC’s Public Health Associate Program: A Win for Young People, A Win for America’s Health Security

Left to Right: Laura Cianciolo and Cleopatra Adedeji  of CDC’s Public Health Associate Program A tuberculosis (TB) case manager. A quarantine public health officer. A district liaison for a state’s Strategic National Stockpile. Not typical job opportunities for recent college graduates, but three of many frontline public health work experiences young people have had across Read More >

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Bringing Public Health to Life: Winners of CDC’s 9th Annual Public Health in Action Photo Contest

In anticipation of National Public Health Week (April 1-7, 2013), CDC unveiled the winners of its Ninth Annual Public Health in Action Photo Contest. The 11 winners capture how CDC works around-the-clock to protect people at home and abroad from health and safety threats.  Take a minute to look at the winning photos, read their Read More >

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CDC and Partners are Helping Haiti Recover, Rebuild, and Improve Public Health for Millions

Photos courtesy of CDC Foundation In January 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake that killed thousands of people, left millions homeless, and significantly damaged the country’s already fragile infrastructure, including its health system. In this guest blog post, Dr. John Vertefeuille, country director for CDC Haiti, discusses how he is cautiously optimistic about improvements in Read More >

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CDC Looks Ahead: 13 Public Health Issues in 2013

As America’s health protection agency, CDC works around-the-clock to save lives and protect people from health threats, whether they start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, are curable or preventable, or are the result of human error or deliberate attack. Here’s a look at 13 public health issues CDC is working on for you Read More >

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13 Ways CDC Has Been There for America and the World in 2012

Photo of Hurricane Sandy courtesy of NASA CDC has America’s back. We work around-the-clock to protect Americans from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. We also help people lead longer, healthier, more productive lives by preventing heart attacks, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and other leading causes of death. Here’s a list of 13 ways Read More >

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