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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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Up and Running in 48 Hours: How Federal Medical Stations Help People After Natural Disasters Like Hurricane Sandy

About Federal Medical Stations Twenty-four hours. That is how long it took CDC’s Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS) to unpack and set up a 40,000-square-foot federal medical station (FMS) in the Middlesex College gymnasium in Edison, New Jersey (pictured above), capable of caring for up to 250 people displaced by Hurricane Sandy and in Read More >

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The Critical Role of State Health Depts. in the U.S. Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: 4 Key Efforts

CDC remains at the front line of the current U.S. fungal meningitis outbreak, which has since early October sickened 490 people and caused 34 deaths in 19 states.  On Nov. 15, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing about this outbreak. This post is an excerpt from the testimony of Dr. Read More >

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NJ Newborn Screening Lab Perseveres Through Hurricane Sandy, Keeps Hundreds of Babies Safe

First, About Newborn Screening: Life-saving public health initiatives like newborn screening (NBS) can’t be put on hold, even during and after a devastating storm like Hurricane Sandy. In this guest blog post, Dr. Scott M. Shone, a research scientist and manager of the NBS lab (pictured above) at the New Jersey Department of Health, talks Read More >

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4 Things You Should Know About the Current U.S. Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

  The CDC lab has identified Exserohilum (pictured above) as the primary fungus responsible for the current meningitis outbreak. Photo courtesy of the CDC Public Health Image Library. 1. What’s going on?  As of November 19,  478 cases, including 34 deaths, of fungal meningitis have been reported in 19 states (see case count map). Twelve cases of joint Read More >

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CDC’s Outbreak Summer Blockbuster

We welcome guest blogger Dr. Douglas H. Hamilton, director of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) – AKA the Disease Detectives – at CDC. Photo courtesy of the CDC Public Health Image Library. There are times when many outbreaks hit all at once. CDC disease detectives are working in communities and responding to outbreaks of hantavirus in Read More >

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5 Questions with Dr. Cara Burns on Her Work to Help Eradicate Polio

    This 1963 poster featured CDC’s national symbol of public health – Wellbee – and included the date, time, and location of where one could receive a vaccination for polio and other diseases. Photo courtesy of the CDC Public Health Image Library.  Dr. Cara Burns is team lead of CDC’s Polio Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory within the Polio and Read More >

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Meet Dr. Arnold Castro – Outstanding Laboratorian, February 2012

Editor’s Note: Dr. Arnold received this honor from the Laboratory Science, Policy and Practice Program Office (LSPPPO) in the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (OSELS) at CDC. We asked Dr. Castro some questions about his work:  What do you do at CDC?            I am a research microbiologist and I am responsible for the development of Read More >

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How CDC is Working to Fight Malaria

Meet Dr. S. Patrick Kachur, who oversees CDC’s Malaria Branch. Not only is the Malaria Branch the oldest program at CDC but with more than 60 staff, it’s the largest group of malaria scientists in North America. We recently talked to Dr. Kachur about his work. What personal experience in your work are you proudest of? I was fortunate to work Read More >

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