About a week and a half ago, the Oregon Public Health Division learned about a child with hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), this sounds complicated but it’s essentially kidney failure brought on by an infection of the digestive system. In an otherwise healthy child, E. coli O157:H7 is often the cause of HUS, and more often than not, it’s acquired by consuming infected food. Every year E. coli causes an estimated 70,000 cases of human illness and about 2,100 hospitalizations. When public health practitioners see a case of HUS alarm bells go off because there may be something in the environment that could harm others.
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This week, CDC’s Division of Strategic National Stockpile is practicing how it would respond to the release of anthrax in multiple locations across the nation. Four states – North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky – also are participating in this exercise so they, too, can test their abilities to respond.
April 27th, 2012 8:10 am ET - Blog Administrator
This time last year, storms ripped through the central and southern United States spawning more than 300 tornadoes and claiming hundreds of lives. This year we observed National Severe Weather Preparedness Week in memory of these tragic events and to encourage everyone to learn what to do when severe weather strikes.
April 25th, 2012 1:55 pm ET - Blog Administrator
With the 2012 Summer Olympics less than 100 days away, people around the world are preparing. Athletes are putting in their final weeks of training, London officials are getting the city ready for visitors, and spectators are making travel plans. In CDC’s case, we’re trying to make sure everyone’s healthy for the big event.
April 23rd, 2012 2:31 pm ET - Blog Administrator
By Charles Stokes, President and CEO, CDC Foundation
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the deep budget cuts that are straining the capacity of CDC, along with state and local health agencies across the country. In these tough times, community leaders have to figure out creative ways to help close the gaps to keep America healthy, safe and secure.
One model approach for bringing communities together is the Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness. A “meta-leader” is a leader of leaders – someone who can mobilize people and organizations to collaborate in times of crisis.
April 18th, 2012 11:52 am ET - Blog Administrator
By Christine Griffith and Carol Jeffers, Sarasota County Health and Human Service, and Patrick Gardner, University of South Florida
Located on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida, Sarasota County is no stranger to extreme weather and natural disasters. But as Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane says, “You don’t have to be hit by a hurricane to be impacted by one.” In addition to direct blows from Mother Nature, Sarasota must also be prepared to receive evacuees from other areas affected by disasters.
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