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The JIC Never Sleeps

It was 5:45 a.m.The familiar vibration from the cell phone woke me up. The voice message said, “There was an 8.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred near Japan. We’re not sure about the extent of damages, deaths or injuries. But it has caused a tsunami that might affect Hawaii and the west coast later this morning. Read More >

Posted on by Clarice Conley8 Comments

CDC Responds to Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Release in Japan

On March 11, CDC immediately activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Atlanta to respond to the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami and radiation release in Japan. CDC continues to closely monitor the effects of this disaster and is focused on making sure it is ready to support any requests that come in from Read More >

Posted on by Ali S. Khan10 Comments

Haiti Cholera Response: Stories from the Field, Part 3

On one beautiful sunny day, we passed by a group of people under an awning. At first, I thought they might be gathering after a church service. Only as we passed did I realize they sat facing a coffin. Fifteen minutes after passing this congregation, we came upon another group of people dressed in white Read More >

Posted on by Molly McCollom4 Comments

Battling Disease Outbreaks in the Big Apple

Over one-third of New York City (NYC) residents are from outside the United States, so in addition to preparing for and responding to numerous indigenous infectious diseases, we also encounter many imported cases, some of which end up causing outbreaks.

Posted on by Scott Harper17 Comments

Haiti Cholera Response: Stories from the Field, Part 2

  When I was in high school I studied French and learned about French-speaking countries. Haiti was one of them, and I always thought that one day I would visit this beautiful country as a vacation destination. I never, ever thought I would be part of a response like the one currently underway in Haiti Read More >

Posted on by Araceli Rey16 Comments

Haiti Cholera Response: Stories from the Field, Part 1

“Cholera has an interesting personality.” That’s what I told my friends when they asked why I was going to Haiti to help with CDC’s cholera outbreak response. Understandably, they were worried I might get sick. Like my friends, most people don’t know much about cholera, so they assume it’s a big, bad bug. And it Read More >

Posted on by Emily McCormick21 Comments
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