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The Next Monopoly? What “Pandemic” teaches us about public health

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By Sherline Lee Even for an epidemiologist who works in public health preparedness and response, being asked to explain to the public what we do at CDC can be difficult.   Read More >

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Do 1 Thing: Work, School, and Community

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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 as we discuss preparedness at work, school, and in your community. No matter where you are, you need to know how to make sure you and your loved ones Read More >

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From CDC to ABC: H7N9 from Hong Kong

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Taking on the role of interim CDC director can be an intimidating task, but an impending pandemic can make the position exponentially more daunting. This is the situation Dr. Richard Besser faced in 2009 when he stepped into his new job. But Besser took the task head on and guided the country’s premier health agency Read More >

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Public Health: Are We Too Slow?

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  One of the many roles of public health is to protect consumers from threats like foodborne outbreaks. Much of this hinges on quickly getting out clear messages to the public that provide simple steps to help stem the spread of disease. This is something public health professionals have been doing for over a hundred Read More >

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Do 1 Thing: Food

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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 as we tackle “food.” A delicious topic – food!  As a super picky eater with minimal cooking skills, a prepackaged stockpile is right up my alley.   The Do 1 Read More >

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Plague Inc.

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James Vaughan, founder of Ndemic Creations, spoke to CDC staff on March 20, 2013 about his new mobile app, Plague Inc.  Within the game, players select a pathogen and strategize how to evolve symptoms, transmit the disease, and counter actions taken by world governments and scientists. With a successful disease, players can watch as governments Read More >

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