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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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Can Polio Be Eradicated For Good?

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal disease that is completely preventable through vaccination. In fact, polio was eradicated in the Americas by 1994 through large scale vaccination efforts. Now, partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are stepping up to take down polio worldwide. You can learn more in the latest post on Public Read More >

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Meet Benjamin Silk, CDC Disease Detective

Dr. Benjamin Silk is a lieutenant commander with the U.S. Public Health Service and an expert on tracking the bacteria listeria that can cause foodborne sickness and death.  He played a key role in CDC’s response to the recent multi-state listeria outbreak.  Dr. Silk served as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer from 2008 Read More >

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Video: Real Life Disease Detective Dr. Christopher Braden

In our next video blog, Dr. Christopher Braden describes his work at CDC. Christopher Braden, MD, is a medical epidemiologist and currently serves as the Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases at the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention. Previously, Dr. Braden has served as the Associate Director for Science in the Division of Parasitic Read More >

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