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

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By 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 Read More >

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Do 1 Thing: First Aid

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By Cate Shockey This blog is part of a series, covering a preparedness topic each month from the Do 1 Thing Program . Join us this month to discuss first aid. We’ve all done it. Bumps and bruises are commonplace in every day life.  Usually a band-aid and some antiseptic is the right treatment to Read More >

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Outbreak of Meningitis Causing Health Officials to Look Overseas for Help

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By Thomas Clark, MD, MPH This time last year public health officials were grappling with a meningitis outbreak linked to fungus found in tainted medication.  Now officials are trying to rein in a different outbreak of meningitis, more specifically meningococcal disease, popping up on a college campus, including Princeton University. Read More >

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Winter is Coming… Be Ready

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With winter bearing down on most of the country this week, it’s a great time to make sure you’re ready for cold weather.  Winter can be unpredictable as temperatures drop quickly and snow piles up within hours.  Winter is coming, so heed the advice of the Game of Thrones and start preparing now. Read More >

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Do 1 Thing: Emergency Supplies

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By Cate Shockey This blog is part of a series, covering a preparedness topic each month from the Do 1 Thing Program . Join us this month to discuss emergency kits. With the holidays around the corner and winter weather creeping in, it’s the perfect time to put together your emergency kit.  Your kit should Read More >

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Flu Fighting Facts: How to stay healthy this flu season

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With colder temperatures comes the holiday season, a new year, and of course, flu season! Flu activity is currently low in the United States, but is expected to increase in the coming weeks, making now a great time to prepare.  Flu infects millions of people every flu season and causes an estimated 200,000-plus people each Read More >

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