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Category: mosquito-borne disease

CDC Scientist Fights Chikungunya

investigation in Comoros in 2005 --- the beginning of the outbreaks

One of the most telling signs of the complexity surrounding chikungunya is that educating people on pronouncing the name correctly is perhaps the easiest challenge. I’m exposed to that truth more than most.  And for the record, it’s pronounced chick-un-goon-ya. As a research microbiologist for CDC’s National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases, my Read More >

Posted on by Ann Powers, Ph.D., Research Microbiologist and Chief of the Alphavirus Laboratory in CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases2 Comments

April 7 is World Health Day

Dengue in Haiti

On this Page Malaria The Reality of Outbreak Investigations: Dengue in Angola Chagas disease and the kissing bug Lymphatic filariasis: Spotlight on elimination in Haiti 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 Read More >

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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

Uganda Makes Impressive Progress on Health

  This blog was originally posted in the Huffington Post on August 8, 2013.   Last month I was in Uganda. As I planned for this trip, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Uganda is the only country served by the president’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) with a rising HIV incidence; I anticipated Read More >

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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 Malaria1 Comment

Dengue in Haiti

  There is arguably one place that was more affected by the January 2010 earthquake than Port-au-Prince, and that is Léogâne. A low-lying coastal town about a two-hour drive from the capital, Léogâne was the epicenter of the earthquake that devastated Haiti. As part of my Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) fieldwork, I have been investigating Read More >

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Haiti is Saying Goodbye to Lymphatic Filariasis, In Spite of Earthquake

  Our teams gave a two-medicine dose to Haitians in our capital city, Port-au-Prince—but most people had no water to swallow the pills. How would we overcome the ongoing cholera outbreak and displacement from the 2010 earthquake to finally rid Haiti of the horribly disfiguring and painful disease called lymphatic filariasis?  Lymphatic filariasis, sometimes known Read More >

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Investing in the Future

Last month I took a few days of vacation and traveled to Basel, Switzerland. The sky was grey and a cold drizzle was steadily falling, melting the remaining layer of snow and ice that winter’s last storm had blasted onto the sides of trees and buildings. Many of the staff and students at the Swiss Tropical and Read More >

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Fresh Voices From the Field—Reaching for Zero Malaria Deaths: a Story From Uganda

  This is the second in our ongoing “Fresh Voices From the Field” series, where we hear from ASPPH (Association of School and Programs of Public Health) Global Health Fellows working throughout the world. Global Health Fellows are recent Master of Public Health or Doctoral graduates placed in CDC global health offices in Atlanta and Read More >

Posted on by Melody Miles, ASPH Fellow2 CommentsTags , ,

Accelerating Up the Hill: Maintaining Malaria Progress

Twenty-five years ago, I went to western Kenya as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer to study an outbreak of severe anemia. No one was sure of the cause. Was it parvovirus, or exposure to an environmental toxin, perhaps? In the hospital there were five or six sick Read More >

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