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Category: Disease Investigation

Ebola Response: Year in Review

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Throughout the month of December, Public Health Matters is conducting a series of year-in-review posts of some of the most impactful disease outbreaks of 2015. These posts will give you a glimpse of the work CDC is doing to prevent, identify, and respond to public health threats. Getting to Zero Getting to Zero was a Read More >

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Year in Review: Measles Linked to Disneyland

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                      Throughout the month of December, Public Health Matters is conducting a series of year-in-review posts of some of the most impactful disease outbreaks of 2015. These posts will help explain how CDC is working to prevent, identify, and respond to these outbreaks. Measles in Read More >

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Keeping Cool Under Pressure: NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak, Summer 2015

An outdoor HVAC air conditioner unit located on a high-floor porch of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper.

In the summertime when the weather is hot, having air conditioning to help keep you cool can be a sweet relief. Have you ever felt a fine mist when walking past large buildings in the heat of the summer? That mist may have been water droplets from rooftop cooling towers that keep large air conditioning systems―like those found in hotels―running efficiently, even when temperatures are soaring outside. When these cooling towers are not properly maintained, they can become a home for Legionella bacteria Read More >

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Unveiling the Burden of Dengue in Africa

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Most travelers to Africa know to protect themselves from malaria. But malaria is far from the only mosquito-borne disease in Africa. Recent studies have revealed that dengue, a disease that is well recognized in Asia and the Americas, may be commonly misdiagnosed as malaria in Africa. Read More >

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CDC Offers Hope in Fighting Brain-Eating Ameba

Magnified 500X, this 1971 photomicrograph depicted some of the histopathologic changes associated with an infection found in a brain tissue specimen due to the presence of free-living amoebae of the genus, Naegleria.

By Sioux Henley Campbell   Fighting Brain-Eating Ameba [i] It sits in a blister pack, secured in a nondescript office at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), just a few phone calls away from being flown to a patient’s bedside for emergency treatment. Miltefosine is one of several drugs used to treat rare[ii] diseases that the Read More >

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The Anatomy of an HIV Outbreak Response in a Rural Community

Drug abuse with people sharing the same syringe to inject heroine

In a small, rural town in Southern Indiana, a public health crisis emerges.  In a community that normally sees fewer than five new HIV diagnoses a year, more than a hundred new cases are diagnosed and almost all are coinfected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). How was this outbreak discovered, and what caused this widespread Read More >

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