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World Malaria Day 2015

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World Malaria Day falls on Saturday this year, so I’ll spend some part of the day catching up on household chores. I can sometimes find moments of inspiration in the mental space created by simple tasks like running the vacuum cleaner. This year, malaria endemic countries and their global partners are reflecting on the remarkable Read More >

Posted on by S. Patrick Kachur, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chief, Malaria Branch, Division of Parasitic Diseases and MalariaLeave a commentTags

Fulfilling the Decade of Vaccines Vision

As 2014 draws to a close, one theme that has been continuously present is the importance of a strong public health infrastructure in a country to effectively protect against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).  Universal access to immunization is the Decade of Vaccines vision, and in order to achieve this, more efforts are needed to build upon the Read More >

Posted on by Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Global Immunization Division, Center for Global Health, U.S. CDCLeave a commentTags , ,

CDC Protects Families: My favorite stories

As we celebrate families on Mother’s Day, May 11, and the International Day of Families, May 15, I am especially proud to work in CDC’s Center for Global Health.  As one of the Center’s  health communication specialists, I have the privilege to write or edit many stories about how CDC’s programs impact the lives of Read More >

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Mozambique FELTP fellows evaluate impact of malaria bed net campaign

Four Mozambican epidemiologists-in-training spent a month walking up to ten kilometers a day to make sure that one of the most effective malaria control interventions was reaching the poorest Mozambicans. Malaria is the leading cause of death in Mozambique, and insecticide-treated bed nets are one of the key malaria control measures. Since 2007, the U.S. Read More >

Posted on by Mateusz Plucinski, PhD, MPH, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Malaria BranchLeave a commentTags , , , ,

April 7 is World Health Day

     April 7 marks World Health Day. This year World Health Day focuses on vector-borne diseases. More than half the world is at risk from vector-borne diseases. What exactly is a vector? A vector is a small organism, like a tick or mosquito, that transmits disease. Malaria, dengue, Chagas Disease and lymphatic filariasis are just four examples Read More >

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DPDx: 15 Years of Strengthening Laboratory Capacity for Parasitic Disease Diagnosis

  The inquiries and images come from almost every state in the United States, and often with a sense of urgency. Still others arrive from Argentina and Germany, Italy, Japan, China, New Zealand, India—and dozens more countries around the globe. Each time the question for CDC’s parasite identification laboratory, known as DPDx, is the same: Read More >

Posted on by Alexandre J. da Silva, PhD, CDC DPDx3 Comments

Strengthening Global Health Security Protects Americans

  This blog was originally posted on CNN.com on February 13, 2014.   The world is smaller and people are more mobile than at any time in history. This makes it easier than ever for what’s happening anywhere on the globe to harm Americans’ health.    Here are five ways diseases in other countries pose Read More >

Posted on by CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden5 Comments

CDC Collaborations with the Ministry of Health in Dominican Republic Result in Measurable Public Health Gains

For a relatively small country where CDC established a full-time country office only five years ago, the Dominican Republic is suddenly drawing attention. It’s easy to see why. The Dominican Republic is a popular vacation destination with 1.4 million Americans visiting each year. The country has a unique relationship with its neighbor, Haiti, the poorest Read More >

Posted on by Oliver Morgan, MSc PhD FFPH, CDC Country Director for Dominican RepublicLeave a commentTags , ,

Number of U.S. Malaria Cases Highest in 40 Years. Have We Forgotten What It Takes To Prevent It?

  This blog was originally posted in the Huffington Post on October 31, 2013.   Progress can be dangerous. Thanks to malaria elimination efforts in United States in the 1940s, most people in the U. S. today have never had any direct contact with the disease and most doctors have never seen a case. That Read More >

Posted on by Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, CDC Director2 Comments

CDC Malaria Hotline—When the Caller is Ill Abroad

Since 2007, managing the CDC Malaria Hotline has been a large part of my job as a health educator in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria at CDC. It’s wonderfully fulfilling because it gives me the opportunity to talk directly with the public to share information that can help them avoid malaria infection when Read More >

Posted on by Stefanie Steele, RN, MPH, CPH, CDC Division of Parasitic Diseases and MalariaLeave a comment
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