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Category: Global Health Threats

CDC’s Top Ten: 5 Health Achievements in 2013 and 5 Health Threats in 2014

  As the year comes to a close, CDC, America’s health protection agency, looks back at top five health concerns in 2013 and previews the five health threats that loom for 2014. CDC works 24/7 saving lives and protecting people from health threats. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable Read More >

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Despite Big Obstacles, Haiti Making Remarkable Progress Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis

This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post. For other posts by CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, visit his blog on The Huffington Post. Haiti is not an easy place to fight disease even in the best of times. That was true even before a devastating earthquake ravaged Haiti’s capital and largest city, Port-au-Prince, Read More >

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Arms Race: Getting Ahead of Killer Microbes

This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post. For other posts by CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, visit his blog on The Huffington Post. The SARS epidemic a decade ago showed the world’s continued vulnerability to infectious disease outbreaks. SARS started in China but spread worldwide quickly. In just weeks, it killed hundreds, sickened thousands, and 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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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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Quick and Affordable Test is Saving Lives in Areas Still Ravaged by “Black Death”

The terrain of the plague-endemic region of Uganda CDC scientists are developing better ways of detecting the world’s most deadly diseases. In this guest blog post, Dr. Paul Mead, a medical epidemiologist with the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) at CDC, explains how he and a team of scientists are using a quick and affordable Read More >

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