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Real-life Contagion: Governments unite to fight dengue outbreak in Marshall Islands

By Tyler M. Sharp, PhD The whole thing was straight out of a movie.  An outbreak of dengue fever on a small island chain in the middle of the Pacific. A local government requesting assistance to control the outbreak.  In the end, CDC, the US Department of Defense, the World Health Organization (WHO), USAID, local Read More >

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Top 7 Disaster Songs Countdown

  By Regina Quadir Most artists may not have had preparedness in mind, but these top 7 title tracks remind us of some events that we should always be prepared for. Check out our top 7 disaster tracks: Read More >

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Stepping Up to Take Down Polio

Men painting billboard for polio vaccination campaign

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease that is completely preventable. Since 1988, members of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), including CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary, and UNICEF, have teamed up to eradicate polio world-wide through large scale vaccination efforts. Global polio cases are down more Read More >

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Ticket for Two – International travel during pregnancy

  By Stacie Dunkle “We don’t recommend international travel during pregnancy for first-time mothers,” said my nurse midwife. Those words stopped me in my tracks. As an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service with three years of experience working overseas, I couldn’t believe what this nurse was telling me. Rarely a month went by that Read More >

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Winter weather preparedness means more than just grabbing your coat

The holiday season is fast approaching and so is the winter weather that comes with it. Old Man Winter has already been reeking havoc in the northeast leaving millions without power after “Snowtober.” So, while you’re pulling out your holiday decorations, why not also pull together some basic supplies incase Jack Frost comes knocking on Read More >

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Don’t Feed the Animals

When you think of rabies you probably think of stray dogs, bats, or raccoons. CDC staff stationed in Kenya recently learned that when it comes to rabies, it’s not always the usual suspects you have to worry about. This August they were hit with an unusual case of rabies in a baby zebra who had Read More >

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