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WARNING: zombies included!

This time last year we posted Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse. The blog post that took CDC from nerdy scientists to hip pop culture icons (at least that’s how we like to think of it). We’ve been amazed at all the zombie fans out there and thrilled with all the opportunities we’ve had this year to Read More >

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Money Well Spent: Public Health Dollars Save Lives

piggy bank on top of bill notes

  By Jean O’Connor, JD, DrPH, Deputy State Public Health Director, Oregon 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. Read More >

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Testing…1,2,3: How Does CDC Respond to Anthrax?

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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. Read More >

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Be a Force of Nature

icon for national severe weather preparedness week

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. Read More >

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Traveling to the Olympics this summer? Be careful what you bring back

Aerial view of Olympic Stadium in London

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. Read More >

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Meta-Leadership: Closing Preparedness Gaps to Safeguard America

  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 Read More >

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