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Business Pulse: 2014-2015 Flu Season

Categories: Preparedness, Prevention/Vaccination, Public Health

business pulseBy Charles Stokes

For me, flu prevention is personal. I recently spent time with my two-year-old granddaughter in New York City, and it got me thinking about how important it is for her to get a flu vaccine—and for our entire extended family to get vaccinated as well.

Prep Check! Lockheed Martin

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Prevention/Vaccination, Response

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Have you ever considered what you would do if you were out and about and severe weather struck? Where would you find shelter?  Would it be safe to try to go home? 

Goooal! How to Stay Safe When Traveling to the World Cup

Categories: Foodborne, General, Preparedness, Prevention/Vaccination

Gol! That’s Portuguese for goal, and it’s a word you’ll be hearing more often starting Thursday, June 12th, when the FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil.  The competition, which will take place in 12 cities across Brazil, will last for a month and bring together 32 teams from around the world to compete for the title (and bragging rights for the next 4 years). 

The World Cup is similar to the Olympics in regard to travel unknowns. If you make the trip, you’ll be traveling to a foreign country where you might not be familiar with the language and have to deal with spread-out venues and large crowds.  Although the spread of communicable diseases like flu are higher during events like this, the truth is that motor vehicle crashes are the number 1 killer of healthy U.S. citizens in foreign countries.  Below are some last-minute tips and suggestions for having a safe World Cup.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, General, Preparedness, Prevention/Vaccination, Response

Busy Gym Testing for TB

When the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) in Virginia put out a call for volunteers to help conduct a tuberculosis (TB) contact investigation, Rosalia Parada, a long time Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteer, jumped at the chance to serve her community.  The investigation was sparked when news of three students from Robert E. Lee High School acquired TB around the same time.

l’heure du spectacle: Film-based monkeypox outreach in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Categories: General, Prevention/Vaccination, Zoonotic Disease

Teacher speaking with students in the Democratic Republic of CongoBy Benjamin Monroe

The glow of the dell projector was the only source of light for miles except the blanket of stars in the African sky.  In a life without lights, the chance to watch a movie can be a really big deal.  So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when an entire village shows up to an educational film screening.  What was amazing was the audience frozen in rapt attention, the simultaneous gasps and laughter from the audience as if on cue, and the hour-long discussion that occurred afterwards.   This was no ordinary PSA, but something meticulously developed by a group with vast working knowledge of conservation, health, and behavioral education.

Coming (Back) to America? What 2013 Can Teach Us About Dengue in the United States

Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, Prevention/Vaccination, Response, Vectorborne

jumbled picture of words related to dengue feverBy Tyler Sharp

2013 was a banner year for dengue in the United States: an outbreak with 22 associated cases was identified in Florida; another outbreak was detected in south Texas along the U.S./Mexico border;  Aedes aegypti, the most efficient mosquito vector of dengue, was detected in central-California; a locally acquired dengue case was detected outside of NYC; and Puerto Rico experienced a sizeable dengue epidemic that had been ongoing  since late 2012.  So, what’s next?  Is this par for the course, or was 2013 an anomaly?  In this blog, I’ll discuss the history of dengue in the U.S., what the future might hold, and what you can do to reduce your risk of getting infected while at home or abroad.

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