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How to Apply Your 5k Training to a Disease Outbreak

Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, Response

 

Runners leaving start line during a race

By Jeff Eggert

It is another beautiful Denver morning. The sun is shining, and Canadian geese are honking in 40 degree weather. A large crowd has begun to gather in the center of a park, huddled around hot coffee and warm bagels while yellow-vested volunteers quickly triage individuals in the crowd towards the appropriate registration line. The Incident Commander holds a last minute briefing with Denver Police Department, Denver Health Paramedic Division and Denver Parks and Recreation covering everything from “securing the perimeter” to “ensuring client and volunteer safety.”

Outbreak Investigation: Meningitis

Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, General, Response

CDC scientist looks through microscope at fungus displayed on screenOne Case Sparks National Action

Imagine… A patient goes to the doctor for a routine steroid injection.   A couple weeks later, the patient feels sick – headache, fever and suddenly uncomfortable in bright light.  Within days, the patient is admitted to the local hospital’s intensive care unit.  Doctors discover that the patient has a life-threatening disease they’ve never treated before. 

Can Your Pet Sense Disasters?

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness

 

boy and girl each hugging a dog and smiling

By Regina Quadir

Imagine your dog starts barking and hides under a table right before an earthquake rattles your house.  Is your dog psychic?  The idea that animals can predict earthquakes and other natural disasters is not a new phenomenon.  Scientists have been exploring this topic for years, investigating whether animals possess a sixth sense that allows them to predict natural disasters.  

The Early Years of Life Set the Stage for Life-long Mental Health

Categories: General

Children standing with backpacks on

We know that mental health is essential to overall health and well-being (WHO, 2001). However, as you read this, about 1 in 5 youth in the United States currently experience a mental, emotional or behavioral disorder.  About half of all children have experienced a mental health problem (Institute of Medicine (IOM), 2009).

National Preparedness Month: A Spotlight on Children

Categories: General, Preparedness, Response

 

by Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics

@DrBobBlock on Twitter

Children are not just small adults; their growing minds and bodies have unique physical, physiological, developmental and mental health needs. These differences become especially apparent—and warrant increased attention and care—before, during and after a disaster strikes.

Disease Detection: Laboratories on the front lines

Categories: Anthrax, Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, Preparedness, Response

lab tech working with samples under a hood

You can’t respond to threats if you don’t know what they are, which is one reason that laboratories play such an important role in public health. Public health laboratories have helped detect all kinds of threats to the public’s health; including anthrax, monkey pox, novel flu viruses, and foodborne disease outbreaks caused by germs like listeria.

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