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The Hidden Dangers of Getting Inked

Categories: Disease Investigation, General

Tatoo signThe practice of tattooing has been around for thousands of years.  These days, 21% of adults in the United States report having at least one piece of permanent artwork on their bodies.

  Many people who receive these lasting tributes – to loved ones, to pop culture, to religion, or to whatever they’re into – generally know what to look for when selecting a reputable tattoo parlor.  Does the artist wear gloves?  Does the tattoo shop sterilize their equipment?  Did the artist open a sterile needle in front of you?  Are things like inks and ointments portioned out for individual use?  If the artist can pass this mental checklist, most people feel pretty safe.

West Nile Virus: Recent Surge in Cases Sparks Concern in Texas

Categories: Disease Outbreak, General, Vectorborne

Texas state flagWest Nile virus season is off to an early start this year, which doesn’t bode well for what’s to come. Most West Nile virus exposures in the United States occur from July through October, with a peak during the first two weeks of August. Peak season in Texas is under way, and there are already 336 cases of West Nile illnesses, including 14 deaths reported as of August 13, making this the largest outbreak of West Nile virus in Texas since 2003. The virus has been appearing in many parts of the country, but almost half of the cases are in Texas and the numbers are rising.

Getting Prepared, the College Years

Categories: General, Preparedness

 College students sitting on steps

By Kathleen LaPorte

Twelve years of school, countless numbers of standardized test, a tassel, a diploma, and a college acceptance letter and you are fully prepared for college, or are you?  We’ve put together a few helpful tips on how to get ready for college.

India in the Dark: A Call For Preparedness

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness

Indian stranded passengers inside a stalled train

 By Regina Quadir

Power outages and traffic jams are not unusual for India. But never before has half the country lost power all at once.  Yesterday’s blackout in India was the worst electrical blackout in history, leaving 670 million people without power for about 15 hours.

Startling Facts You Should Know About Disaster Preparedness

Categories: General, Preparedness, Response

emergency kit and checklistBy Regina Quadir 

A recent national poll by Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation  surveyed 1,000 Americans about their personal preparedness behaviors and the results show that we’re not ready:

Disaster Recovery – An Emotional Response

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Response

woman and man looking out over flooded houses and road

The effects of a disaster are not always physical. Houses and roads can be rebuilt and physical wounds will heal, but the emotional scars from a disaster can often be harder to fix.

In 2008 Cedar Rapids, Iowa experienced extreme flooding that wiped out businesses and homes, disrupting daily life and displacing residents. While other groups work on rebuilding the physical structures damages during the floods, the Upper Midwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UMPERLC) has been developing resources to prepare communities for the emotional and psychological needs following a disaster.

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