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 of certain pathogens by research facilities and labs around the world. In the beginning of December I had the remarkable opportunity to accompany the inspection team who helps regulate the Select Agents Program on one of their routine lab inspections. I was invited to an inspection of a laboratory in the Southeast region of the U.S. that handles rare and dangerous pathogens to get a glimpse of how the Inspection team operates, what they look for, and what they do to protect us.
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
Selected Category: Anthrax
February 6th, 2014 8:43 am ET - Ali S. Khan
December 19th, 2012 9:00 am ET - Blog Administrator
Workers from the county health department calmly walk door to door putting little bags into mailboxes as they move through the quiet suburban neighborhood. In less than two hours, the team has delivered those bags to 1500 mailboxes, nearly 4500 residents. In each bag is a bottle of antibiotics that provides protection from the inhalational anthrax that was released in town by some very bad people. The residents who have those antibiotics in their mailboxes can stay home for a few more days, buying time for public health, healthcare, and law enforcement officials to determine who is at risk from the deadly biological agent and who will need more medication.
Sound like a new blockbuster movie?
September 26th, 2012 10:14 am ET - Ali S. Khan
You can’t respond to threats if you don’t know what they are, which is one reason that laboratories play such an important role in public health. Public health laboratories have helped detect all kinds of threats to the public’s health; including anthrax, monkey pox, novel flu viruses, and foodborne disease outbreaks caused by germs like listeria.
May 3rd, 2012 3:36 pm ET - Blog Administrator
This week, CDC’s Division of Strategic National Stockpile is practicing how it would respond to the release of anthrax in multiple locations across the nation. Four states – North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky – also are participating in this exercise so they, too, can test their abilities to respond.
September 9th, 2011 1:25 pm ET - Blog Administrator
By Captain Tracee Treadwell
Ten years ago, the September 11th tragedies devastated our country and forever changed our lives. On this anniversary, we remember those we lost, as well as those who worked tirelessly and courageously during the response efforts. I had the honor of working with these heroic individuals near Ground Zero. Although a decade has passed, the memories I have of those events are as vivid as if they took place yesterday.
September 2nd, 2011 9:21 am ET - Ali S. Khan
The events of 9/11 will forever be engrained in our memories. The attacks on the twin towers, Pentagon, and the anthrax attacks which followed were unimaginable at the time. Ten years after these tragic events, what’s changed?
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