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Flood Safety Awareness Week 2014

Flooded road, with barrier and "high water," "road closed" signs

Turn Around Don’t Drown Turn Around Don’t Drown, or TADD for short, is a NOAA National Weather Service campaign used to educate people about the hazards of driving a vehicle or walking through flood waters. This year is the 10th anniversary of the TADD program. Hundreds of signs depicting the message have been erected at Read More >

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Rabies Scare Leads to Quick Public Health Action


By Jacquelyn Lickness When a hospital in South Carolina spotted bats flying through its facility, officials sprang into action launching an investigation to prevent a possible rabies outbreak. Because bats are commonly infected with the virus, any contact with the flying mammals is taken very seriously. The hospital quickly involved state public health officials, who then reached Read More >

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

Community leader talking to villagers before a screening of the educational monkeypox video

By 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 Read More >

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The Key to Community Preparedness: Pharmacists

Picture of a pharmacy counter taken from one of the aisles

By Katherine Seib, MSPH The last time you were in a pharmacy did you notice advertisements for the flu vaccine? Signs like these will become more common as pharmacists take on an important role in administering vaccines to the general public. Have you also noticed how pharmacies seem to be everywhere? The ubiquity of pharmacies Read More >

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Giving Students First Hand Experience

Emory students holding up sheets of paper

By Annum Shaikh We often hear about CDC professionals who are preparing the nation and responding to various public health emergencies. But what about the students who are contributing to these initiatives? Close to the CDC campus in Atlanta resides a group that provides students with practical experience in public health emergency preparedness and the Read More >

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Keeping Tabs on Deadly Diseases

Microscopic view of Ebola virus

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 Read More >

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