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Pertussis: A known villain. Are you protected?

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By Kara Stephens Current Status: Public Health Nemesis If you’ve been reading the news the past few weeks, you may have heard about the recent outbreak of pertussis that has reached epidemic levels in Washington.  There have been 2,092 cases reported statewide through June 5, 2012, compared to 164 reported cases in 2011 during the same Read More >

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Test Your Knowledge: Hurricanes

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The 2012 Hurricane Season starts Friday, June 1st, but we’ve already seen some action with two storms, Alberto and Beryl, that battered Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina with heavy rains and strong winds. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) unveiled its 2012 predictions last week, estimating between 9-15 tropical storms this year, with up Read More >

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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease: A Mother’s Perspective

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By Kara Stephens Memorial Day weekend last year, I was changing my daughter, Kinsey, when I noticed a blister on her finger and a few red marks near her diaper line and on her knees.  I really didn’t worry too much about it at first, thinking it may have been some sort of mild allergic Read More >

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Zombie Nation: Move over Dorothy, Zombies are Taking Over

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By Devan Tucking-Strickler, Kansas Division of Emergency Management When people hear “Kansas,” many think of a yellow brick road, ruby slippers, and a cute little dog named Toto. I’ve never met anyone that heard “Kansas” and thought of zombies… until a year ago. That’s when we started the “Prepare for the Unexpected” campaign. Who would Read More >

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Zombie Nation: Teaching Preparedness through a Zombie Outbreak

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By Carol Okupniak, RN, MSN, BC, Drexel University College of Nursing & Health Professions CDC’s Zombie Preparedness Campaign was the catalyst that inspired Drexel University’s College of Nursing & Health Professions, Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation and Practice, to prepare medical professionals for ANY disaster by creating a Zombie Apocalypse in our own lab. Read More >

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Zombie Nation: Required Reading…“World War Z”

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Yesterday we heard about a Michigan State Professor using zombies to make course work compelling. So who else is incorporating zombies into the curriculum? The University of Rhode Island has also realized students can learn a thing or two from the undead. Read More >

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