Drought and Health

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When rainfall is lower than average for an extended period of time, drought can occur. Some of the numerous and far-reaching health implications of drought include reduced quantity and quality of drinking water, diminished air quality, and increases in illness and disease. Cycles of drought have affected North America for the last 10,000 years. Droughts Read More >

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Tracking Extreme Heat


CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is a dynamic surveillance system that provides information and data about environmental hazards and the health problems that may be related to them. It presents what we know about where environmental hazards exist, where exposures happen, and how targeted action can protect health, reduce illness, and save lives. The Read More >

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Meet the Scientist – Dr. Lourdes (Luly) Rosales-Guevara

ATSDR scientist Lourdes (Luly) Rosales-Guevara. Photo courtesy of Dr. Rosales-Guevara.

What do scientists and mystery buffs have in common? The challenge of a good investigation. The journey to public health. Originally from Cuba, Dr. Lourdes (Luly) Rosales-Guevara’s family was granted political asylum in the United States after they left Cuba on April 6, 1968. She was 16 years old. Dr. Rosales-Guevara was educated in Zaragoza, Read More >

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Get the Picture? NCEH Wins Awards for Clear Communication

Have you ever tried to follow written instructions for putting together a piece of furniture or setting up new equipment? If you have, you probably know how frustrating those instructions can be. Without diagrams, following them can be nearly impossible. What about following instructions on a government website? How has that worked out for you? Read More >

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Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention


CO is found in fumes produced by portable generators, stoves, lanterns, and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing CO. Read More >

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