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Shoot for the goal! Stay safe and healthy during the World Cup in South Africa this summer

  Planning on going to the World Cup in South Africa this summer?  If so, you are not alone.  FIFA, the organization in charge of the international soccer competition, is expecting about 373,000 people from around the world to converge in South Africa to be a part of the 19th World Cup – the first Read More >

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A Primer on E. coli O145: A Little Contaminated Lettuce and a Lot of Different Os

Here is a quick summary of the recent Escherichia coli O145 outbreak associated with Romaine lettuce, and it highlights the amazingly quick FDA actions to prevent additional disease: • On April 16th, public health authorities recognized an outbreak of bloody diarrhea at a university in Michigan that was later confirmed as being due to E. coli Read More >

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Battling Polio in Africa: Part 3, Long Days, Tedious Work, But So Rewarding

Note: This is Ted’s final posting about his experiences in Ghana volunteering for the Stop the Transmission of Polio (STOP) project during February, March, and April 2010. He returned home on May 1. VOLTA, April 20, 2010 — Ghana is broken into a number of regions, and I was deployed to three of them. After Read More >

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Battling Polio in Africa: Part 2, People Here are Resourceful, Generous

Note: This is the second in a series about Ted’s experiences in Ghana volunteering for the Stop the Transmission of Polio (STOP) project during February, March, and April 2010. VOLTA, April 20, 2010 — During my time here in Ghana, I’ve met some wonderful public health people who are earnestly trying to make a difference. Read More >

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Battling Polio in Africa: Part 1, Positive Reception in Every Village

Note: This is the first in a series about Ted’s experiences in Ghana during February, March, and April 2010. VOLTA, April 20, 2010 — It’s been a good trip. I’m at the end of my 12 weeks volunteering with WHO in Ghana as a Field Officer for a STOP Team — Stop the Transmission of Read More >

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Doing Good with Baked Goods: Student Helps CDC Support Ebola Research

Ebola often captures the interest of students who are preparing projects and reports. But I’ve found that rarely does it prompt someone to then raise funds on behalf of Ebola research. However, this is exactly what Ashely Enoch decided to do. For her senior project at Soap Lake Middle and High School in Washington, Ashely Read More >

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