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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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New Mobile App Helps Providers Prevent Life-threatening Infections in Newborns

The phrase, “…time is of the essence,” often rings true when working to protect people from health threats. It is especially true when caring for infants.  CDC launched a new app—Prevent Group B Strep (GBS) — in October 2013 created specifically for busy health care providers on the go. Each year about 1,200 infants less Read More >

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5 Fast Facts about this Year’s Flu Season

  Image above: Digitally-colorized image of a collection of influenza A virions. The predominant influenza A virus this year is H1N1. Every season, flu causes on average 200,000 Americans to go to the hospital and kills thousands to tens of thousands of people depending on the severity of the season. Because flu is unpredictable, each Read More >

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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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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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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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We Can Dramatically Decrease Deadly Infections in America’s Hospital Patients

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. Recently we announced a major new finding – a simple way to save tens of thousands of lives. Around 100,000 people die every year because of infections they catch in hospitals. 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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