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Holiday Food Safety Tips

Homemade Thanksgiving Turkey on a Plate with Stuffing and Potatoes

Holiday meals can be memorable, but it takes more than a great recipe to make those memories happy.  Learn how to prepare your meal safely so that your holiday isn’t spent dealing with food poisoning. Below is a list of common food safety mistakes and tips for preventing them. Read More >

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CDC’s Emergency Management Specialists

CDC's Emergency Operation Center

Meet Mark Hall, an emergency management specialist in CDC’s Division of Emergency Operations in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. As part of the Plans, Training, Exercise, and Evaluation Team -- he and his team make sure CDC is prepared for emergencies and assesses how the agency performs during a response. Read More >

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Looking Back: A Local Emergency Response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Destroyed homes and rubble in Haiti after the 2010 Earthquake

On a cold January night in an icy church in Boston, I stood amongst more than a hundred Haitian community members feeling a strange proximity to the tragic earthquake that struck earlier that day in a hot distant island about which I knew little at the time. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti occurred when I was exploring the field of public health and working in the Commissioner’s Office at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). Read More >

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Keeping Cool Under Pressure: NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak, Summer 2015

An outdoor HVAC air conditioner unit located on a high-floor porch of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper.

In the summertime when the weather is hot, having air conditioning to help keep you cool can be a sweet relief. Have you ever felt a fine mist when walking past large buildings in the heat of the summer? That mist may have been water droplets from rooftop cooling towers that keep large air conditioning systems―like those found in hotels―running efficiently, even when temperatures are soaring outside. When these cooling towers are not properly maintained, they can become a home for Legionella bacteria Read More >

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Connecting Neighbors through Social Media

group of tablet computer PC and modern touchscreen smartphones or mobile phones on wooden table

Online communication and social networks are changing the way that people communicate. Today people are able to relay messages to those around them and those across the world neatly instantly. This instant communication is playing a critical role in emergency communication. Read More >

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The Healthy Traveler’s Mindset — Mitigating Risk and Embracing Adventure

Morning greetings from the sun as it crest Everest

As a backpacker abroad, I have been exposed to many experiences and foreign diseases that have challenged my health and immune system in ways I never expected. Thanks to my travels, I am now aware that diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, and influenza are a serious concern to consider in international adventures Read More >

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