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The Ready Wrigley mobile application has been designed to teach children about what to do in emergency situations. Critical information about emergencies is weaved into the mobile app using age-appropriate language and activities to teach children about preparedness and response.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 9:15 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for December 15, 2014
Posted: December 17, 2014, 7:30 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for December 8, 2014
Posted: December 10, 2014, 8:00 pm
Viral suppression is the goal of HIV medical care. Yet, in 2011, only 40% of people living with HIV received HIV medical care and only 30% achieved viral suppression. Many persons living with HIV are not in medical care or are undiagnosed. When patients with HIV are in medical care, they are more likely to be prescribed antiretroviral medications, achieve viral suppression, and have a normal lifespan. Clinicians play a critical role in helping their patients move through the HIV care continuum by influencing the likelihood of patients engaging in medical care. During this COCA Webinar, clinicians will learn about current strategies to engage patients in HIV testing, counseling and medical care.
Posted: December 5, 2014, 8:30 pm
During emergency situations, communication is critical to a patient’s care. Learn how researchers are addressing a critical gap in communication between paramedics and emergency departments in our latest blog post.
Posted: December 5, 2014, 7:00 pm
Healthcare systems across the United States are actively preparing to treat patients with Ebola. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) play an important role in the identification, assessment, and transportation of suspected or confirmed patients with Ebola. As designated treatment facilities, Emory University Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center have received patients with confirmed Ebola. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about the field experiences of EMS personnel in the two jurisdictions and discuss unique planning considerations for EMS.
Posted: December 4, 2014, 4:30 pm
Influenza activity is currently low in the United States as a whole, but is increasing in some parts of the country. This season, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been reported most frequently and have been detected in almost all states. During past seasons when influenza A (H3N2) viruses have predominated, higher overall and age-specific hospitalization rates and more mortality have been observed, especially among older people, very young children, and persons with certain chronic medical conditions compared with seasons during which influenza A (H1N1) or influenza B viruses have predominated.
Posted: December 3, 2014, 11:00 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Connecticut Departments of Public Health and Consumer Protection are investigating a fatal case of gastrointestinal (GI) mucormycosis caused by Rhizopus oryzae in a premature infant. The infant received ABC Dophilus® Powder, a dietary supplement product containing viable microbial ingredients purchased from Solgar, Inc., Leonia, New Jersey. The product claimed to have “probiotic” properties and is marketed for infants and children. Subsequent testing of the same lot of unopened Solgar ABC Dophilus® Powder revealed contamination with Rhizopus oryzae. The purpose of this HAN advisory is to provide awareness about this fatal case of GI mucormycosis following ingestion of a contaminated dietary supplement and to provide guidance to state health departments and health care providers. Please disseminate this information to healthcare workers in neonatal intensive care units, hospital pharmacies, pediatricians, and primary care providers, as well as to microbiology and pathology laboratories.
Posted: November 25, 2014, 8:30 pm
On November 13, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a travel alert (Level 2) for Mali following reports of a cluster of Ebola cases in Bamako, Mali, that were linked to a man who had become sick in Guinea and traveled to Bamako, Mali. CDC is working with the government of Mali, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners to control further spread of Ebola in Mali. In addition, CDC is working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to expand enhanced entry screening at U.S. airports and post-arrival monitoring of people whose travel originates in Mali.
Posted: November 24, 2014, 8:30 pm
After a hurricane, if the building is stable, you can open doors and windows to help dry out the building.
Posted: November 17, 2014, 3:30 pm
Rapid adoption of technology is significantly changing the speed and accuracy of how information is processed and shared. Emergency education and communication departments are particularly benefitting from new technology. In our latest blog post, find out how Minnesota is addressing the emergency preparedness and response needs of their community by leveraging text-to-speech technology for multi-language alerts.
Posted: November 13, 2014, 5:30 pm
Wash hands before handling food and whenever you stop working. Make sure you use a safe water source for washing.
Posted: November 10, 2014, 3:20 pm
Cervical cancer is vastly preventable, but there are still women who develop and die from cervical cancer every year. Human papillomavirus (HPV) types associated with cervical cancer can be prevented through screening tests and HPV vaccination. These measures are effective to prevent HPV infection and highlight the importance of clinicians taking action to establish evidence-based practices in screening and vaccination. During this COCA Webinar, clinicians will learn about CDC’s HPV vaccination recommendations and the USPSTF cervical cancer screening recommendations.
Posted: November 3, 2014, 4:00 pm
Make plans in advance to secure your home and keep your loved ones safe. Listen to local authorities for what to do in your area.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 3:15 pm
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. A small number of patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been medically evacuated from West Africa to receive care in U.S. hospitals. The first imported case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled from West Africa to Dallas, Texas and two secondary Ebola cases in health care workers have been identified as of October 14, 2014. CDC and our partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola by sharing information with clinicians who may provide care for patients with EVD. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn the clinical features and complications associated with Ebola and recommendations from Emory University Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center on clinical management of patients with EVD.
Posted: October 17, 2014, 10:00 pm
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has increased the possibility of patients traveling from the impacted countries to U.S. hospitals. A few patients with Ebola virus disease have been medically evacuated to receive care in U.S. hospitals. Recently, the first case of Ebola virus disease was diagnosed in the United States in a person who traveled to Dallas, Texas from West Africa; this patient passed away on October 8, 2014. CDC and our partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola within the United States. During this COCA Call, the presenters will focus on healthcare systems preparedness, and participants will learn how Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center prepared for patients with Ebola and the lessons learned.
Posted: October 13, 2014, 10:00 pm
To celebrate the launch of Business Pulse: Flu Prevention, CDC Foundation President and CEO Charlie Stokes shares five flu prevention tips for businesses.
Posted: October 10, 2014, 4:15 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for October 6, 2014
Posted: October 9, 2014, 7:30 pm
The first case of Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) diagnosed in the United States was reported to CDC by Dallas County Health and Human Services on September 28, 2014, and laboratory-confirmed by CDC and the Texas Laboratory Response Network (LRN) laboratory on September 30. The patient departed Monrovia, Liberia, on September 19, and arrived in Dallas, Texas, on September 20. The patient was asymptomatic during travel and upon his arrival in the United States; he fell ill on September 24 and sought medical care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas on September 26. He was treated and released. On September 28, he returned to the same hospital, and was admitted for treatment.
Posted: October 3, 2014, 1:00 am
CDC is working closely with partners in Colorado and other state and local health departments to investigate an acute neurologic illness of unknown etiology occurring in children. Characterized by focal limb weakness and abnormalities of the spinal cord gray matter on MRI, a cluster of these illnesses was first reported from Colorado in September, 2014. These neurological findings are coincident with an increase of respiratory illnesses among children. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about the latest situation, surveillance, and CDC clinical guidance for testing, patient evaluation and case reporting.
Posted: October 1, 2014, 8:30 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for September 8, 2014
Posted: September 30, 2014, 4:45 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for September 22, 2014
Posted: September 30, 2014, 4:45 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Children’s Hospital Colorado to investigate a cluster of nine pediatric patients hospitalized with acute neurologic illness of undetermined etiology. The illness is characterized by focal limb weakness and abnormalities of the spinal cord gray matter on MRI. These illnesses have occurred since August 1, 2014 coincident with an increase of respiratory illnesses among children in Colorado. The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to provide awareness of this neurologic syndrome under investigation with the aim of determining if children with similar clinical and radiographic findings are being cared for in other geographic areas. Guidance about reporting cases to state and local health departments and CDC is provided. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, pediatricians, neurologists, radiologists/neuroradiologists, infection preventionists, and primary care providers, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.
Posted: September 26, 2014, 10:00 pm
Countless disasters have shown that pet owners can quickly become a vulnerable population in the face of a natural disaster or emergency. With pets, the best way to protect your furry, scaly, or slimy family member is to plan ahead. Read our latest Public Health Matters Blog and use our tips as a guide to protect yourself, your family, and your pets.
Posted: September 25, 2014, 9:15 pm
Throw away food that may have come in contact with flood or hurricane water. Learn about signs to look for to know whether food is safe.
Posted: September 24, 2014, 6:15 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working closely with hospitals and local and state health departments to investigate recent increases in hospitalizations of patients with severe respiratory illness. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has been detected in specimens from children with severe illness in Missouri and Illinois. Investigations into suspected clusters in other jurisdictions are ongoing. The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to provide awareness of EV-D68 as a possible cause of acute unexplained respiratory illness, and to provide guidance to state health departments and health care providers. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, pediatricians, internists, infection preventionists, and primary care providers, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.
Posted: September 12, 2014, 10:00 pm
Hospitals across the U.S., especially in Missouri and Illinois, are seeing more children with severe respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). Several states are also investigating similar clusters of severe respiratory illness. There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections. Clinicians should consider EV-D68 as a potential cause of clusters of severe respiratory illness, particularly in children. During this COCA call, clinicians will learn about the current EV-D68 situation in the U.S., laboratory testing, reporting suspected clusters, and approaches to prevention and treatment.
Posted: September 12, 2014, 8:30 pm
At CDC, we work to make sure people of all abilities – including those with disabilities – are prepared for an emergency. Many people with disabilities and their caregivers do not plan for disasters or are not included in disaster planning by government organizations, communities, or private sector companies. To make sure the needs of people with disabilities are met in disasters, find out what all of us - caregivers, emergency responders, health professionals, and individuals with disabilities – should focus on in our new blog post.
Posted: September 9, 2014, 5:45 pm
Have a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio available to receive official instructions and updates from local authorities if the power goes out.
Posted: September 9, 2014, 1:30 pm
Children have a number of unique characteristics that make them different from adults, and these differences may not be well understood by public health or emergency management professionals, or even clinicians. Dr. Steven Krug, Chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council, discusses why children are not "little adults" in our second Preparedness Month blog post.
Posted: September 4, 2014, 5:15 pm
Make plans in advance to secure your home. Protect your windows by installing hurricane shutters or board up windows with plywood.
Posted: September 2, 2014, 7:00 pm
Keeping children safe in emergency situations starts at home. Whatever the emergency, protect your family with these 3 simple steps. Know what you need, what to do, and how to communicate in an emergency.
Posted: September 2, 2014, 5:30 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for August 25, 2014
Posted: September 2, 2014, 2:15 pm
On the ground in Nigeria, CDC staffer Lisa talks about the hurdles of setting up an emergency operations center for the Ebola outbreak in a city nervous and scared about the spread of the disease.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 3:00 pm
Emergency Preparedness and Response main page is now available in Spanish. This centralized resource offers highlights, tips, and links to Spanish content.
Posted: August 28, 2014, 7:00 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share the document with others as appropriate.
Posted: August 28, 2014, 5:00 pm
On the ninth anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, we chat with Dr. Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial, about how far we've come and how far we still have to go when it comes to preparedness.
Posted: August 26, 2014, 3:50 pm
Some kinds of foods are better than others for emergency food supplies. Learn more about what to put in your emergency food supply.
Posted: August 25, 2014, 6:30 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share the document with others as appropriate.
Posted: August 23, 2014, 3:30 am
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share the document with others as appropriate.
Posted: August 21, 2014, 8:30 pm
While CDC encourages the public to be aware of personal and family preparedness, not all CDC staff practice what they preach. In an effort to increase personal preparedness as part of workforce culture, CDC created the Ready CDC initiative. Targeting the CDC workforce living in metropolitan Atlanta, this program recently completed a pilot within the organization and is evaluating improvements for personal preparedness actions.
Posted: August 19, 2014, 5:00 pm
Cleaning and sanitizing your home after a hurricane or emergency is important to help prevent the spread of illness and disease. Find out how much bleach to use to clean and sanitize surfaces around the home.
Posted: August 18, 2014, 5:00 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share the document with others as appropriate.
Posted: August 13, 2014, 5:00 pm
After Joplin, MO was devastated by an F5 tornado in 2011, it was more than physical injuries that needed to be addressed. Read more about the importance of psychological first aid and coping with disasters in our latest blog post.
Posted: August 13, 2014, 5:00 pm
Keep at least a three-day water supply on hand for emergencies. If you're not using factory-sealed water containers, properly wash, sanitize, and rinse water storage containers before a disaster strikes.
Posted: August 11, 2014, 7:00 pm
The recent Ebola virus disease (or Ebola hemorrhagic fever) outbreak in West Africa has increased the possibility of patients traveling from the impacted countries to U.S. hospitals. Additionally, two American citizens with Ebola virus disease are being medically evacuated to the United States to receive care in a U.S. hospital. During this COCA Call, clinicians will receive updates on the status of the outbreak in West Africa and guidance on what steps U.S. healthcare facilities can take to prepare for the possibility of caring for a patient with Ebola virus disease.
Posted: August 4, 2014, 5:30 pm
Always use portable generators, camp stoves, barbecue and charcoal grills outside and at least 20 ft. away from windows, doors, and vents to prevent deadly CO poisoning.
Posted: August 4, 2014, 2:30 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to work closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to better understand and manage the public health risks posed by Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). To date, no cases have been reported in the United States. The purpose of this health update is 1) to provide updated guidance to healthcare providers and state and local health departments regarding who should be suspected of having EVD, 2) to clarify which specimens should be obtained and how to submit for diagnostic testing, and 3) to provide hospital infection control guidelines. U.S. hospitals can safely manage a patient with EVD by following recommended isolation and infection control procedures. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, primary care physicians, hospital epidemiologists, infection control professionals, and hospital administration, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.
Posted: August 2, 2014, 1:00 am
It's back-to-school time. Parents, learn how to take a few extra steps to help children be prepared for emergencies. Get prepared and have a great school year.
Posted: August 1, 2014, 9:00 pm
Nigerian health authorities have confirmed a diagnosis of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in a patient who died on Friday in a hospital in Lagos, Nigeria, after traveling from Liberia on July 20, 2014. The report marks the first Ebola case in Nigeria linked to the current outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Health authorities also reported this weekend that two U.S. citizens working in a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, have confirmed Ebola virus infection. These recent cases, together with the continued increase in the number of Ebola cases in West Africa, underscore the potential for travel-associated spread of the disease and the risks of EVD to healthcare workers. While the possibility of infected persons entering the U.S. remains very low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that healthcare providers in the U.S. should consider EVD in the differential diagnosis of febrile illness, with compatible symptoms, in any person with recent (within 21 days) travel history in the affected countries and consider isolation of those patients meeting these criteria, pending diagnostic testing.
Posted: July 28, 2014, 9:30 pm
During a power outage, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. More tips on food safety here.
Posted: July 28, 2014, 3:00 pm
Join us as we celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our newest blog post honors the intent of the ADA as a critical platform of inclusion for people with disabilities. Read more about how to include people with disabilities into mainstream public health.
Posted: July 24, 2014, 5:45 pm
There are often many hazards in a hurricane-damaged home. Learn how to stay safe when it's time to return home.
Posted: July 21, 2014, 3:30 pm
CDC understands that people may have concerns about issues related to unaccompanied children from Central America who are crossing into the United States. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are leading the humanitarian response, which includes housing, feeding, and providing necessary medical evaluation and treatment to protect public health. In support of HHS and DHS activities, CDC is providing consultation on medical screening, surveillance, and public health response when requested.
Posted: July 18, 2014, 6:30 pm
Introducing Prep Check! Our new video series explores disaster preparedness at places that you visit, work, and play. Our first webisode took us to Lockheed Martin, where we learned what the company does to protect its organization and employees in an emergency. Check it out!
Posted: July 15, 2014, 6:15 pm
Inform local authorities about your special needs before a hurricane strikes.
Posted: July 14, 2014, 3:45 pm
Learn about your community's emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters.
Posted: July 9, 2014, 1:30 pm
Enteric illnesses are common, costly, preventable, and increasingly attributable to animal contact. Animals provide many benefits to people; however, even clean and healthy animals may be responsible for spreading germs such as Salmonella, E.coli O157:H7, and Cryptosporidium, some of the frequent causes of diarrheal illness in children and adults. During this COCA call, clinicians will learn about enteric zoonoses, and the 'One Health' approach to helping patients prevent illness and maintain optimal health.
Posted: July 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for June 30, 2014
Posted: July 3, 2014, 7:00 pm
This iPhone and iPad application supports pre-hospital and hospital healthcare providers and public health professionals in preparing for and responding to terrorist bombings and other mass casualty explosive events.
Posted: June 30, 2014, 7:50 pm
Traveling this holiday? Now is a good time to make sure your car is ready for an emergency.
Posted: June 30, 2014, 7:15 pm
Learn how to protect your health during a wildfire with these tips: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/facts.asp.
Posted: June 26, 2014, 1:15 pm
In May 2013, deadly tornadoes swept Moore, Oklahoma, destroying homes and the very foundation of community that families had come to know. At the heart of the destruction were children, whose schools, parks, and child care facilities were damaged beyond recognition, and in some cases, blown away along with children's sense of routine and normalcy. Save the Children has spent the year in Moore, facilitating child care reconstruction and emotional recovery for children and caregivers long after the media cameras left. But as the one-year anniversary approached, the organization teamed up with local child care providers and PTA's to raise the spirits of the kids who bravely endured the tragedy.
Posted: June 19, 2014, 5:00 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for June 16, 2014
Posted: June 19, 2014, 3:00 pm
In May 2014, the United States recorded the largest number of reported measles cases since 1994 and the number continues to rise. Most cases reported have been acquired in the U.S. and are associated with importations from countries where measles is still common. This highly contagious, acute viral illness spreads quickly in unvaccinated populations once reaching the U.S. The recent measles outbreaks highlight the importance of maintaining high vaccination coverage in the U.S. and ensuring age-appropriate vaccination for international travelers. During this COCA call, clinicians will learn the status of measles in the U.S. and CDC vaccination recommendations and guidelines for patient assessment and management.
Posted: June 18, 2014, 12:30 pm
Keep important papers together in a safe place. Take them with you if you need to evacuate.
Posted: June 17, 2014, 5:30 pm
Added a new Tsunamis resource in Spanish.
Posted: June 17, 2014, 4:45 pm
Meta! That's Portuguese for goal, and it's a word you'll be hearing more often starting Thursday, June 12th, when the FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil. The World Cup is similar to the Olympics in regard to travel unknowns. If you make the trip, you'll be traveling to a foreign country where you might not be familiar with the language and have to deal with spread-out venues and large crowds. Although the spread of communicable diseases like flu are higher during events like this, the truth is that motor vehicle crashes are the number 1 killer of healthy U.S. citizens in foreign countries. Click for some last-minute tips and suggestions for having a safe World Cup.
Posted: June 10, 2014, 9:20 pm
Hurricane Season started June 1st. Remember to check your emergency kit from last season. Make sure that you have everything you need. Replace expired items such as food and medicine.
Posted: June 10, 2014, 9:00 pm
Swimming and other water-related activities are popular during the summer. However, Naegleria fowleri, known as the brain-eating ameba, may be present in warm freshwater and can result in primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) - a rare disease that is almost always fatal. Additionally, the chlorine-tolerant parasite Cryptosporidium, is one of the most frequent causes of waterborne disease among humans in the United States. During this COCA call, clinicians will learn about PAM and diarrhea resulting from Cryptosporidium, how to prevent these diseases, and what to do if you suspect your patient has one of them.
Posted: June 6, 2014, 4:00 pm
Decide ahead of time where you and your family will go if you have to evacuate. Know how to prepare your home and car before a hurricane arrives.
Posted: June 5, 2014, 6:45 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for June 2, 2014
Posted: June 4, 2014, 7:15 pm
On 5 May 2014, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) accepted the recommendations of an Emergency Committee, declaring the international spread of polio to be a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) under the authority of the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) and issued vaccination requirements for travelers in order to prevent further spread of the disease. IHR is an international agreement among countries to prevent, protect or control the international spread of disease. All countries have agreed to be bound by recommended activities under IHR.
Posted: June 3, 2014, 1:45 am
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for May 19, 2014
Posted: May 29, 2014, 3:55 pm
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has caused severe respiratory illness and death in several countries. All cases have been linked, through residence or travel, to countries in and near the Arabian Peninsula. Epidemiologic investigations have demonstrated that this virus can spread from person to person during close contact, such as within families and healthcare facilities. Investigations of the two imported cases of MERS in the US are ongoing. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about the latest situation, surveillance, travelers' health, and updates to CDC clinical guidance for testing, patient evaluation and infection control.
Posted: May 23, 2014, 10:10 pm
Medical Reserve Corps volunteer Rosalia Parada talks about using her job experience to aid her community during a TB investigation in our new blog post.
Posted: May 21, 2014, 7:15 pm
Added a new resource for lightning readiness information in Spanish.
Posted: May 20, 2014, 2:30 pm
Spring came in like a lion and brought with it unpredictable weather. From strong storms to flooding, tornadoes, and wildfires, this spring has packed a punch. Because spring weather can be so unpredictable, it's a smart idea to be prepared now. Our new blog post has great tips for how you can be ready for spring weather.
Posted: May 14, 2014, 7:00 pm
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a virus that has caused severe respiratory illness and death in the Middle East. Epidemiologic investigations have demonstrated that this virus spreads from person to person during close contact, such as within families and healthcare facilities. The first case of imported MERS-CoV was reported last week in the state of Indiana. Clinicians have a critical role in recognizing and managing suspected cases of MERS-CoV. During this COCA Call, CDC subject matter experts will discuss the epidemiology, clinical signs, and infection control recommendations for MERS-CoV.
Posted: May 6, 2014, 3:15 am
Switch the main breaker or fuse on the service panel in your home to the "off" position before starting a gasoline or diesel generator. This will prevent supplying electricity to outside power lines from your generator, and help protect utility line workers from possible electrocution.
Posted: May 5, 2014, 2:45 pm
Confirmed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Case in Indiana, 2014
Posted: May 4, 2014, 12:00 am
Always use portable generators, camp stoves, barbecue, and charcoal grills outside and 20 feet away from windows, doors, and vents to prevent deadly CO poisoning.
Posted: April 28, 2014, 6:45 pm
Added a new resource for landslides and mudslides preparedness information in Spanish.
Posted: April 28, 2014, 6:00 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for April 21, 2014
Posted: April 28, 2014, 5:00 pm
According to a poll done by Kelton Research in 2012, 9 out of 10 Americans expect a world disaster to occur in the next quarter century and 56% said they aren't prepared for it. Getting prepared can be as easy as putting a kit together, making a plan, and being informed. But it's also essential to know what type of emergencies are likely to occur in your area and during what time of the year. On Wednesday, participate in America's PrepareAthon, which highlights simple, specific steps individuals and organizations should take to increase their preparedness for a potential disaster.
Posted: April 25, 2014, 4:20 pm
Added a new collection of wildfires preparedness information in Spanish.
Posted: April 24, 2014, 5:45 pm
You could say that those of us who work in preparedness are a little obsessed with making sure we've got our emergency kits stocked and ready, our emergency plans up to date, and our neighbors are ready too. So we've got a few households in Georgia ready for a public health emergency (and a few others around the country - don't forget about friends and family!), but how do we get the country ready? How do we get the government and other response organizations prepared? Check out our new Public Health Matters blog about how CDC participates in national exercises to assess and improve our preparedness.
Posted: April 10, 2014, 7:45 pm
Pay attention to flood watches and warnings. Follow local safety instructions and take steps to protect you and your family.
Posted: April 10, 2014, 7:40 am
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for April 7, 2014
Posted: April 8, 2014, 5:00 pm
From May through July, people get tick bites and tickborne diseases more often than any other time of year in the United States. Tickborne diseases can cause symptoms that range from mild to life-threatening. Early recognition and treatment of tickborne diseases decreases the risk of serious complications. During this COCA call, CDC subject matter experts will describe the signs and symptoms, treatment, management, and prevention of tickborne diseases in the U.S., with an emphasis on Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Posted: April 1, 2014, 7:15 pm
Do you have flood insurance? Call an insurance agent to ask about flood insurance.
Posted: March 31, 2014, 1:45 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for March 24, 2014
Posted: March 25, 2014, 5:00 pm
Do you live in a tsunami warning zone? Learn how to prepare for tsunamis and help your community become TsunamiReady. Learn more during National Tsunami Awareness Week.
Posted: March 24, 2014, 1:45 pm
Did you know flooding is the 2nd leading cause of weather related deaths in the U.S.? This week is Flood Safety Awareness week and we've got lots of great tips to keep you and your community safe. You can find more flood safety information on our latest blog post.
Posted: March 18, 2014, 5:30 pm
March 16-22 is Flood Safety Awareness Week. Remind loved ones never to drive through flood waters. Flood waters can be deeper than they seem and you may lose control of your car or truck. Learn more about staying safe during floods.
Posted: March 17, 2014, 2:00 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for March 10, 2014
Posted: March 14, 2014, 5:00 pm
The heebie-jeebies aren't the only thing bats can give you. Learn how one hospital acted fast to investigate and prevent a possible outbreak of rabies.
Posted: March 13, 2014, 10:15 pm
Stay tuned for storm watches and warnings. Find out if your area has a local warning system. Review your family emergency plan and restock supplies. Encourage friends and loved ones to take steps now to be prepared.
Posted: March 10, 2014, 4:30 pm
Added a new collection of tornado preparedness information in Spanish.
Posted: March 7, 2014, 8:45 pm
Starring in a PSA might not be your idea of fame, but using local actors can help drive a message home. Learn more about how CDC is working to educate people from the Democratic Republic of Congo on the dangers of monkeypox.
Posted: March 6, 2014, 5:15 pm
Winter weather is coming to an end. Take steps now to be prepared for all natural disasters.
Posted: March 3, 2014, 2:45 pm
Find out who the key player in community preparedness is based on new research from Emory University's Preparedness and Response Research Center.
Posted: February 28, 2014, 6:15 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for February 24, 2014
Posted: February 27, 2014, 3:30 pm
Created a collection of disaster-related PSAs in Spanish.
Posted: February 24, 2014, 4:30 pm
Visit our winter weather FAQs to learn about hypothermia, frostbite, wind chill and more.
Posted: February 24, 2014, 2:00 pm
Learn how public health students are making an impact in the field of emergency preparedness and response. Our latest blog post highlights the work of Emory SORT students.
Posted: February 18, 2014, 7:50 pm
Updated the collection of Winter Weather PSAs in Spanish including newly translated scripts and audio resources.
Posted: February 11, 2014, 6:30 pm
Follow these tips to stay safe while cleaning up after a disaster.
Posted: February 10, 2014, 2:00 pm
Labs across the country handle deadly disease like Ebola virus every day. CDC plays a key role in regulating who handles these diseases and keeping the public safe. Learn how in our latest post on Public Health Matters.
Posted: February 6, 2014, 7:00 pm
2014 West Virginia Chemical Release
Posted: February 4, 2014, 11:15 pm
CDC produces this annual report to present a snapshot of public health preparedness and response activities. This report presents activities that occurred during 2012 and 2013.
Posted: February 3, 2014, 4:40 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for January 27, 2014
Posted: February 3, 2014, 3:30 pm
When using gasoline and diesel generators to supply power to a building, switch the main breaker or fuse on the service panel to the "off" position before starting the generator. This will prevent supplying electricity to outside power lines from your generator, and help protect utility line workers from possible electrocution.
Posted: February 3, 2014, 2:00 pm
Many people are concerned about the possibility of a public health emergency such as a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or disease outbreak. You can take steps now to help you prepare for an emergency and cope if an emergency happens.
Posted: January 31, 2014, 11:00 pm
Atlanta's thawing out, but what can we learn from this weeks snow disaster? Find out our top 5 lessons learned.
Posted: January 30, 2014, 9:30 pm
People who aren't dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures or who have reduced blood circulation are especially at risk for frostbite. Learn how to recognize frostbite and what to do about it.
Posted: January 27, 2014, 1:45 pm
Did you think dengue fever was something you could only get in tropics? Think again, in 2013 dengue was linked to Florida, Texas, California, and NYC. So how do you protect yourself from "break-bone fever"?
Posted: January 24, 2014, 7:30 pm
Did you know that hypothermia can occur even at temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit if a person becomes chilled? Learn how to recognize hypothermia and what to do about it.
Posted: January 22, 2014, 2:45 pm
This influenza season, CDC has received a number of reports of severe respiratory illness among young and middle-aged adults, many of whom were infected with influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 (pH1N1) virus. Multiple pH1N1-associated hospitalizations, including many requiring intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and some fatalities have been reported. For the 2013-14 season, if pH1N1 virus continues to circulate widely, illness that disproportionately affects young and middle-aged adults may occur. Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 6 months and older, and is the best way to prevent influenza.
Posted: January 21, 2014, 2:30 pm
2014 West Virginia Chemical Release
Posted: January 17, 2014, 10:15 pm
Human Infection with Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus
Posted: January 16, 2014, 12:00 am
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for January 13, 2014
Posted: January 15, 2014, 3:30 pm
If you have pets, bring them indoors. When you're cold enough to go inside, they probably are too. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure that they have access to unfrozen water.
Posted: January 13, 2014, 2:10 pm
Four Winter Weather Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in Spanish including audio files for downloading.
Posted: January 8, 2014, 3:30 am
After a winter storm, you may have to remove fallen trees. If you use a chainsaw to cut them, be careful; chainsaws can be very dangerous. Follow the instructions in the manual to safely operate the chainsaw and wear protective gear.
Posted: January 6, 2014, 2:30 pm
Always use portable generators, camp stoves, barbecue, and charcoal grills outside and 20 feet away from windows, doors, and vents to prevent deadly CO poisoning.
Posted: December 30, 2013, 2:00 pm
Notice to Clinicians: Early Reports of pH1N1-Associated Illnesses for the 2013-14 Influenza Season
Posted: December 24, 2013, 10:30 pm
All year we've been updating our blog with posts from the "Do 1 Thing" series. This month marks our last update, check it out and let us know if you managed to stay on task each month!
Posted: December 23, 2013, 7:45 pm
Now is a good time to make sure your car is ready for an emergency. To prepare for winter weather keep warm clothes, a shovel, a windshield scraper, food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, and a flashlight in your car.
Posted: December 23, 2013, 12:00 pm
Encourage your friends and family to get prepared for winter weather with an e-card. Include a personalized message encouraging them to stock up on emergency supplies.
Posted: December 16, 2013, 3:00 pm
Notice to Public Health Officials and Clinicians: Recognizing, Managing, and Reporting Chikungunya Virus Infections in Travelers Returning from the Caribbean
Posted: December 13, 2013, 9:45 pm
An outbreak of meningitis, more specifically meningococcal disease, has been appearing on a college campuses, causing officials to look overseas for help. Read more about how CDC proposes halting further spread of the disease.
Posted: December 9, 2013, 7:45 pm
Grab the Winter Weather widget for your website to share health and safety information from the CDC.
Posted: December 9, 2013, 1:45 pm
With winter bearing down on most of the country this week, it's a great time to make sure you're ready for cold weather.
Posted: December 5, 2013, 2:15 pm
Make sure you have a battery-powered and/or NOAA weather radio, at least a week's worth of food and safety supplies, a water supply, and a way to heat your home in case a winter storm hits.
Posted: December 2, 2013, 5:45 am
Notice to Healthcare Providers: Recognizing and Reporting Serogroup B Meningococcal Disease Associated with Outbreaks at Princeton University and the University of California at Santa Barbara
Posted: November 27, 2013, 7:45 pm
How's your emergency supply? Learn what you need to prepare in our lasted post, part of the Do 1 Thing blog series.
Posted: November 26, 2013, 8:00 pm
The 2013 Hurricane Season ends on November 30. Take steps to be prepared for all natural disasters!
Posted: November 25, 2013, 3:30 pm
True or false you can get the flu from the flu vaccination? Learn the answer to this and other flu fighting facts on our latest blog post.
Posted: November 20, 2013, 7:30 pm
After a hurricane, if the building is stable, you can open doors and windows to help dry out the building.
Posted: November 18, 2013, 3:30 pm
CDC's thoughts are with those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Our latest blog post considers the role of public health following a major disaster.
Posted: November 13, 2013, 9:45 pm
Wash hands before handling food and whenever you stop working. Make sure you use a safe water source for washing.
Posted: November 12, 2013, 3:00 pm
Stay away from damaged buildings or structures until they have been examined and certified as safe by a building inspector or other government authority. Leave immediately if you hear shifting or unusual noises that signal that the structure could fall.
Posted: November 4, 2013, 1:15 pm
If the power goes out, are you ready? This month for Do 1 Thing, we tackle small things you can do to be ready for a power outage - flashlights, car chargers, generator safety, food safety, and more. Learn more in our latest blog post.
Posted: October 30, 2013, 8:10 pm
Stay safe when cleaning up after a disaster. Make sure you have the right protective gear for the job.
Posted: October 28, 2013, 3:00 pm
Sunday night the National Geographic Channel is debuting a movie chronicling what happens to five groups of people during a 10-day power outage. From blackouts to natural disasters, there have been over 60 wide-scale power outages since 2000, affecting hundreds of millions of people. To help viewers be ready for an emergency, CDC has teamed up with National Geographic to air preparedness message during the movie. Find out more in our latest blog.
Posted: October 24, 2013, 7:15 pm
One year ago, valley fever was a disease that few people had heard of outside of Arizona or Central California. But if you live in one of the 15 states required to report cases of the disease to the CDC, you have a greater chance of getting valley fever than you do AIDS, hepatitis, or Lyme disease. What is it? Find out more in our latest blog.
Posted: October 22, 2013, 7:00 pm
During a Hurricane Make sure that you have a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio available to receive official instructions and updates from local authorities if the power goes out.
Posted: October 21, 2013, 7:45 pm
Make plans in advance to secure your home and keep your loved ones safe. Listen to local authorities for what to do in your area.
Posted: October 17, 2013, 4:55 pm
Acute Hepatitis and Liver Failure Following the Use of a Dietary Supplement Intended for Weight Loss or Muscle Building
Posted: October 8, 2013, 10:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: October 4, 2013, 6:00 pm
Have you used any First Aid supplies this hurricane season? Make sure you have essential first aid items such as bandages, antibiotic ointment, scissors, etc. Don't forget to check expiration dates too!
Posted: September 30, 2013, 6:45 pm
Staying informed is critical to making safe decisions in an emergency. There are many ways to stay informed, from staying connected to information from local authorities to knowing how your community alerts residents of dangerous situations.
Posted: September 26, 2013, 9:00 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for September 23, 2013
Posted: September 25, 2013, 3:30 pm
Some kinds of foods are better than others for emergency food supplies. Foods that don’t need cooking, water, or refrigeration are best. Learn more about what to put in YOUR emergency food supply.
Posted: September 23, 2013, 3:30 pm
Keep at least a three-day water supply on hand for emergencies. If you're not using factory-sealed water containers, properly wash, sanitize, and rinse water storage containers before a hurricane comes.
Posted: September 16, 2013, 2:50 pm
It is difficult to deal with something that you don't understand. Children often become distressed after a disaster, especially if it has directly impacted them or someone they care about. They may also feel sad or sorry for others and want very much to help them.
Posted: September 12, 2013, 8:00 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for September 9, 2013
Posted: September 12, 2013, 3:30 pm
Cleaning and sanitizing your home after a hurricane or emergency is important to help prevent the spread of illness and disease.
Posted: September 9, 2013, 2:40 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: September 6, 2013, 3:00 pm
Have a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio available to receive official instructions and updates from local authorities if the power goes out.
Posted: September 5, 2013, 6:00 pm
Recurrent Nationwide Shortage of Tuberculin Skin Test Antigen Solutions: CDC Recommendations for Patient Care and Public Health Practice
Posted: September 4, 2013, 10:00 pm
Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
Posted: September 4, 2013, 3:45 pm
After Hurricane Katrina, the National Medical Disaster System was activated for the first time. Evacuees were sent from the Gulf Coast to Dobbins Air Reserve Base via military transport.
Posted: September 3, 2013, 6:00 pm
Some kinds of foods are better than others for emergency food supplies. Learn more about what to put in your emergency food supply.
Posted: September 3, 2013, 4:00 pm
Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
Posted: August 30, 2013, 8:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: August 30, 2013, 3:00 pm
Added select information in Spanish from 2013 Cyclosporiasis Investigation (Investigacion de un brote de ciclosporosis en los Estados Unidos)
Posted: August 29, 2013, 9:15 pm
Make plans in advance to secure your home. Protect your windows by installing hurricane shutters or board up windows with plywood.
Posted: August 29, 2013, 3:00 pm
Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
Posted: August 28, 2013, 10:00 pm
Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
Posted: August 28, 2013, 8:30 pm
Get involved and help make your community more disaster resilient!
Posted: August 28, 2013, 8:00 pm
Keep at least a three-day water supply on hand for emergencies. If you're not using factory-sealed water containers, properly wash, sanitize, and rinse water storage containers before a disaster strikes.
Posted: August 26, 2013, 3:00 pm
Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
Posted: August 26, 2013, 2:00 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for August 26, 2013
Posted: August 26, 2013, 9:15 am
Investigational Drug Available Directly from CDC for the Treatment of Free-Living Ameba Infections
Posted: August 23, 2013, 7:30 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: August 23, 2013, 5:00 pm
Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
Posted: August 23, 2013, 1:45 pm
Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
Posted: August 22, 2013, 2:00 pm
Cleaning and sanitizing your home after a hurricane or emergency is important to help prevent the spread of illness and disease. Find out how much bleach to use to clean and sanitize surfaces around the home.
Posted: August 22, 2013, 2:00 pm
Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
Posted: August 21, 2013, 2:15 pm
Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
Posted: August 20, 2013, 2:15 pm
Keep at least a 3 day supply of nonperishable food and clean drinking water for each household member, including pets.
Posted: August 19, 2013, 4:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: August 16, 2013, 8:15 pm
Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
Posted: August 16, 2013, 2:00 pm
Investigation of an Outbreak of Cyclosporiasis in the United States website
Posted: August 15, 2013, 11:35 pm
Learn how to correctly boil or disinfect water when hurricanes make the tap water unsafe.
Posted: August 15, 2013, 8:00 pm
Do you know how to get in touch with your family in an emergency?Have you programmed your ICE numbers?
Posted: August 15, 2013, 4:00 pm
Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
Posted: August 15, 2013, 2:45 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for August 12, 2013
Posted: August 15, 2013, 2:30 pm
Nationwide Voluntary Recall of All Products for Sterile Use from Compounding Pharmacy located in Cedar Park, Texas
Posted: August 15, 2013, 1:00 am
Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
Posted: August 14, 2013, 7:30 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: August 14, 2013, 6:30 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: August 13, 2013, 6:30 pm
Notice to Healthcare Providers and Public Health Officials: Updated Guidance for the Evaluation of Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: August 12, 2013, 10:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: August 12, 2013, 6:30 pm
Check your home for hazards before an emergency. Know how to safely turn off water, electricity, and gas if you need to.
Posted: August 12, 2013, 1:30 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: August 9, 2013, 10:15 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: August 9, 2013, 6:45 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: August 8, 2013, 6:45 pm
Always use portable generators, camp stoves, barbecue and charcoal grills outside and at least 20 ft. away from windows, doors, and vents to prevent deadly CO poisoning.
Posted: August 8, 2013, 4:00 pm
What's an EvacuKid? In our latest blog post, find out how Evacuteer is bringing preparedness to a younger generation and the importance of talking to kids about their experience with emergencies.
Posted: August 8, 2013, 3:15 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: August 7, 2013, 6:45 pm
Vaccines prevent children and adults from potentially harmful or deadly diseases. To promote health and prevent disease, CDC publishes written recommendations for vaccinating children and adults. These recommendations are based on information from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). It is important for pediatric and adult providers to stay up to date on the most recent ACIP recommendations. During this webinar, a CDC subject matter expert will address recent vaccine recommendations along with available immunization resources.
Posted: August 7, 2013, 6:45 pm
Educational offering to provide a recommended health monitoring and surveillance framework.
Posted: August 6, 2013, 8:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: August 6, 2013, 7:45 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: August 5, 2013, 6:45 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: August 2, 2013, 9:15 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: August 2, 2013, 6:45 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: August 1, 2013, 7:15 pm
Do you know how to get in touch with your family in an emergency?Have you programmed your ICE numbers?
Posted: August 1, 2013, 1:15 pm
Throw away food that may have come in contact with flood or hurricane water. Learn about signs to look for to know whether food is safe.
Posted: August 1, 2013, 1:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 31, 2013, 7:30 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for July 29, 2013
Posted: July 30, 2013, 7:30 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 30, 2013, 6:30 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 29, 2013, 7:45 pm
During a power outage, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. More tips on food safety here.
Posted: July 29, 2013, 4:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 26, 2013, 6:30 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: July 26, 2013, 4:30 pm
New travel notice: WHO travel advice for pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia
Posted: July 25, 2013, 8:30 pm
There are often many hazards in a hurricane-damaged home. Learn how to stay safe when it's time to return home.
Posted: July 25, 2013, 7:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 25, 2013, 6:30 pm
Summer is here and so are extreme temperatures. Get the facts on how to beat the heat with CDC's new infographic.
Posted: July 24, 2013, 8:15 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 24, 2013, 7:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 23, 2013, 6:30 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 22, 2013, 7:00 pm
Get tips to stay safe and healthy if you are exposed to smoke from a wildfire.
Posted: July 22, 2013, 2:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: July 19, 2013, 10:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 19, 2013, 5:00 pm
Although the work of CDC employees is frequently glamorized in movies like Outbreak and Contagion, we face the same challenges as any other large, complex organization.
Posted: July 18, 2013, 10:15 pm
Inform local authorities about your special needs before a hurricane strikes.
Posted: July 18, 2013, 3:30 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 17, 2013, 6:00 pm
In planning an effective response to a bioterrorism incident, it is critical to understand and anticipate the public's viewpoint, their perceptions of the threat and their intended behaviors. This includes their likelihood of taking recommended precautions and their likelihood of taking matters into their own hands. In particular, it is important to understand the perspective of racial/ethnic minority groups given that these communities may be disproportionately affected in a real attack. During this webinar, subject matter experts will discuss results from public opinion polls conducted between December 2012 to January 2013, which assessed how people would respond to a possible release of anthrax spores in an unidentified area.
Posted: July 17, 2013, 2:45 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for July 15, 2013
Posted: July 15, 2013, 7:30 pm
After a devastating hurricane in 2008, Texas A&M's Veterinary School formed a deployable veterinary emergency team. Find out more about the team, what they do, and how they work alongside first responders to rescue and treat animals after a disaster.
Posted: July 15, 2013, 3:00 pm
Learn about your community's emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters.
Posted: July 15, 2013, 2:15 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 12, 2013, 6:30 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 11, 2013, 6:30 pm
By completing a disaster plan in advance, you can help ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared for hurricanes and other emergencies.
Posted: July 10, 2013, 9:30 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 10, 2013, 7:45 pm
Injuries following tornadoes and hurricanes result in significant morbidity and mortality. Both CDC and State Health Departments play important roles in providing assistance in disaster preparedness and response, including pre-hospital transport decision making, injury surveillance, and emergency risk communication. Following hurricanes and tornadoes, it is critical to have alternative treatment sites, appropriate wound management, injury data collection, and health messaging to reduce injuries. During this COCA call, subject matter experts will discuss the current state of science and epidemiology and state level response, with specific examples from Florida.
Posted: July 10, 2013, 2:45 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 9, 2013, 6:45 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 8, 2013, 6:45 pm
Protecting yourself and your loved ones from smoke and other health hazards is very important during a wildfire. So is safely securing the area after a fire. Only go into a damaged home or apartment if authorities say it is safe. Don't eat, drink, or breathe in anything that has been near the fire's flames, smoke, soot, or water used to put the fire out.
Posted: July 8, 2013, 4:00 pm
New guidelines: WHO guidelines for investigation of MERS-CoV cases
Posted: July 8, 2013, 3:00 pm
Variant Influenza Virus (H3N2v) Infections
Posted: July 5, 2013, 8:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 5, 2013, 7:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: July 5, 2013, 3:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 3, 2013, 6:30 pm
Coping with disasters is never easy; this can be especially true for families with special needs. Read our latest blog post where one mom talks about her experience and lessons learned during Hurricane Katrina.
Posted: July 3, 2013, 2:30 pm
Traveling this holiday? Now is a good time to make sure your car is ready for an emergency.
Posted: July 3, 2013, 2:00 pm
A new version of the MERS Web site is now available with improved organization and navigation.
Posted: July 2, 2013, 7:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 2, 2013, 6:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: July 1, 2013, 6:00 pm
Learn how to protect your health during a wildfire with these tips:
Posted: July 1, 2013, 3:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: June 28, 2013, 9:15 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: June 28, 2013, 3:30 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: June 27, 2013, 6:30 pm
Keep important papers together in a safe place. Take them with you if you need to evacuate.
Posted: June 27, 2013, 2:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: June 26, 2013, 6:30 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: June 25, 2013, 7:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: June 24, 2013, 7:30 pm
During a power outage, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. More tips on food safety here.
Posted: June 24, 2013, 2:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: June 21, 2013, 10:45 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: June 21, 2013, 8:00 pm
Recommendations for Laboratory Testing for Acetyl Fentanyl and Patient Evaluation and Treatment for Overdose with Synthetic Opioids
Posted: June 20, 2013, 10:30 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: June 20, 2013, 6:45 pm
Learn about your community's emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters.
Posted: June 20, 2013, 2:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: June 19, 2013, 6:45 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: June 18, 2013, 6:30 pm
Coping with a disaster can be tough. Learn more about common distress symptoms and what signs to look for so you can help yourself and loved ones better cope.
Posted: June 18, 2013, 5:30 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for June 17, 2013
Posted: June 18, 2013, 4:00 pm
Protecting yourself and your loved ones from smoke and other health hazards is very important during a wildfire. So is safely securing the area after a fire. Only go into a damaged home or apartment if authorities say it is safe. Don't eat, drink, or breathe in anything that has been near the fire's flames, smoke, soot, or water used to put the fire out.
Posted: June 17, 2013, 12:30 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: June 14, 2013, 10:45 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: June 14, 2013, 6:30 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: June 13, 2013, 6:30 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: June 13, 2013, 6:30 pm
Decide ahead of time where you and your family will go if you have to evacuate. Know how to prepare your home and car before a hurricane arrives.
Posted: June 13, 2013, 2:00 pm
Nationwide Shortage of Doxycycline: Resources for Providers and Recommendations for Patient Care
Posted: June 12, 2013, 10:30 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: June 12, 2013, 8:00 pm
Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: June 11, 2013, 8:15 pm
Be prepared in case you need to file an insurance claim. Keep video, photo, or written records of your belongings.
Posted: June 10, 2013, 3:45 pm
Notice to Health Care Providers: Updated Guidelines for Evaluation of Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Posted: June 8, 2013, 3:45 am
Human Infections with Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Viruses
Posted: June 7, 2013, 11:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: June 7, 2013, 10:45 pm
Hurricane Season started June 1st. Remember to check your emergency kit from last season. Make sure that you have everything you need. Replace expired items such as food and medicine.
Posted: June 6, 2013, 3:00 pm
Check out our infographic for tips to stay safe and healthy during wildfire season.
Posted: June 4, 2013, 4:45 pm
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a newly identified virus that can cause severe acute respiratory illness and death. MERS cases have been linked to the Middle East, and there is documented spread of the virus internationally. So far, no cases of MERS have been reported in the United States. However, clinicians need to remain vigilant. Epidemiologic investigations have demonstrated that this unique virus spreads from person to person during close contact, such as within families and healthcare facilities. Clinicians have a critical role in recognizing and managing suspect cases of MERS. During this COCA call, a CDC subject matter expert will discuss the clinical signs, epidemiology and infection control recommendations for MERS-CoV.
Posted: June 3, 2013, 9:30 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: May 31, 2013, 3:15 pm
Last year Hurricane Sandy brought extreme devastation to the northeast. This year's hurricane season is predicted to bring more storms than we see on average, but will we be any more prepared? Our latest post on Public Health Matters explores what we've learned from last year.
Posted: May 29, 2013, 7:00 pm
Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?
Posted: May 24, 2013, 11:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: May 24, 2013, 11:00 pm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Shipping Instructions for Specimens Collected from People Who May Have Been Exposed to Chemical-Terrorism Agents
Posted: May 24, 2013, 9:00 pm
Explaining what we do in public health can sometimes be a challenge to put into words, but why not act it out in the form of a game? In the latest Public Health Matters post, CDC Epidemiologist Sherline Lee explains how the board game Pandemic mirrors her work and opened a door for conversation with her friends.
Posted: May 24, 2013, 12:15 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for May 20, 2013
Posted: May 23, 2013, 3:30 pm
Disasters don't run on schedule, they can happen anywhere and at any time. Do you know what you would do if a disaster occurred while you were at work or school? This months Do 1 Thing tip is to focused on work, school and community. Read our latest blog post to learn what you can do to be ready.
Posted: May 21, 2013, 3:00 pm
More severe weather is on the way. Make a list of important information to contact your family, neighbors, insurance agent, utility companies, and more. Keep your important documents in a fire and water proof safe.
Posted: May 20, 2013, 7:45 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: May 17, 2013, 1:00 pm
Complete a disaster plan in advance to help prepare you and your loved ones for emergencies and natural disasters.
Posted: May 13, 2013, 7:45 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: May 10, 2013, 12:45 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for May 6, 2013
Posted: May 7, 2013, 9:30 pm
Taking on the role of interim CDC director can be an intimidating task, but an impending pandemic can make the position exponentially more daunting. This is the situation Dr. Richard Besser faced in 2009 when he stepped into his new job. But Besser took the task head on and guided the country's premier health agency through the H1N1 outbreak with skill and confidence. Through this experience Besser saw first hand how important communication is to building the publics' trust and improving health behaviors.
Posted: May 7, 2013, 9:00 pm
Wash all clothes worn during a flood cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.
Posted: May 6, 2013, 1:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: May 3, 2013, 5:15 pm
An outbreak of salmonella in 2012 had Oregon public health officials considering this question.
Posted: May 2, 2013, 3:00 pm
Switch the main breaker or fuse on the service panel in your home to the "off" position before starting a gasoline or diesel generator. This will prevent supplying electricity to outside power lines from your generator, and help protect utility line workers from possible electrocution.
Posted: April 29, 2013, 12:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: April 26, 2013, 6:30 pm
Ricin Information for Laboratories.
Posted: April 25, 2013, 5:00 pm
This month, the Do 1 Thing topic is "food." CDC encourages storing enough food for at least three days if you have to evacuate, and a two week supply for your home. Check your food supply. Are you ready for an emergency?
Posted: April 24, 2013, 7:15 pm
Ricin or Abrin Poisoning - Toxic Syndrome Description
Posted: April 24, 2013, 3:00 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for April 22, 2013
Posted: April 24, 2013, 1:45 pm
CDC's Laboratory Response to Suspicious Substances
Posted: April 23, 2013, 11:00 pm
Ricin: Diagnosis & Laboratory Guidance for Clinicians
Posted: April 23, 2013, 11:00 pm
Laboratory Testing for Ricin - Fact Sheet
Posted: April 23, 2013, 11:00 pm
Ricin Information for Health Professionals
Posted: April 23, 2013, 7:15 pm
Case Definition: Ricin Ingestion
Posted: April 23, 2013, 5:15 pm
Case Definition: Ricin Inhalation
Posted: April 23, 2013, 5:15 pm
Always use portable generators, camp stoves, barbecue, and charcoal grills outside and 20 feet away from windows, doors, and vents to prevent deadly CO poisoning.
Posted: April 22, 2013, 1:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: April 19, 2013, 9:00 pm
Resources Available for Local and State Public Health Officials: Preparing for and Responding to Bombing Events
Posted: April 18, 2013, 3:45 am
Learn more about this substance in the news.
Posted: April 17, 2013, 6:00 pm
The World Health Organization and CDC China, along with U.S. CDC are working together to investigate the avian influenza A (H7N9) virus cases detected in China. At this time, no cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) viruses have been detected in the United States. During this COCA Conference Call, a CDC subject matter expert will provide an update on the current H7N9 situation in China, review interim avian influenza A (H7N9) recommendations for clinicians and state and local health departments related to case investigation, testing, infection control, and treatment, and discuss what CDC is doing to closely monitor the situation. Dial in Number: 1-888-233-9077; Passcode 2082221
Posted: April 16, 2013, 9:20 pm
James Vaughan, the creative mastermind behind the new mobile app Plague Inc. spoke at CDC last month. Find out what Vaughan had to say, how he developed the Plague Inc, and what he has coming up next.
Posted: April 16, 2013, 4:00 pm
After flooding, identify and throw away food that may not be safe to eat. Throw away any food that may have come in contact with flood or storm water. Throw away food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture; If the power has been off for 4 hours or more, throw away foods in your refrigerator. Throw away any canned foods that are bulging, opened, or damaged. When in doubt, throw it out. Learn more about food safety following a flood.
Posted: April 15, 2013, 12:30 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: April 12, 2013, 9:30 pm
Nationwide Shortage of Tuberculin Skin Test Antigens: CDC Recommendations for Patient Care and Public Health Practice
Posted: April 12, 2013, 4:00 pm
Pay attention to flood watches and warnings. Follow local safety instructions and take steps to protect you and your family.
Posted: April 10, 2013, 1:15 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for April 8, 2013
Posted: April 9, 2013, 10:30 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: April 5, 2013, 9:15 pm
Human Infections with Novel Influenza A (H7N9) Viruses
Posted: April 5, 2013, 3:00 pm
Love to cook? Check out the Emergency Kit CookOff, a nationwide challenge that puts your creativity and emergency food supply to the test.
Posted: April 3, 2013, 1:54 pm
Do you have flood insurance? Call an insurance agent to ask about flood insurance.
Posted: April 1, 2013, 7:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: March 29, 2013, 7:30 pm
The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has instituted the Partners in Preparedness program designed to help organizations in the New York City metro area better prepare their employees, services, and facilities and develop a trusted communication system before disaster strikes.
Posted: March 27, 2013, 2:39 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for March 25, 2013
Posted: March 27, 2013, 2:15 pm
Do you live in a tsunami warning zone? The National Weather Service has resources to help you prepare for tsunamis and for your community to become TsunamiReady. Learn more during National Tsunami Awareness Week.
Posted: March 25, 2013, 9:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: March 22, 2013, 9:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: March 15, 2013, 9:00 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for March 11, 2013
Posted: March 13, 2013, 8:00 pm
This San Francisco neighborhood is working to build community resilience, preparing itself to be able to respond to any disaster or unexpected situation.
Posted: March 12, 2013, 5:00 pm
"Save the date! Wednesday March 13 at 5pm ET. CDC has released updated recommendations for clinical management of patients involved in the outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections. Join CDC expert Dr. Tom Chiller and Dr. Anu Malani from St. Joseph's Mercy Medical Center in Michigan to learn more about these new recommendations and ask questions of the leading experts. Additional details about the call can be found on CDC's website"
Posted: March 11, 2013, 6:20 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than ever to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: March 8, 2013, 9:00 pm
Notice to Health Care Providers: Updated Guidelines for Evaluation of Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with a Novel Coronavirus
Posted: March 8, 2013, 5:00 pm
Coinciding with National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the Do 1 Thing topic for March is "sheltering." What threats impact your area? Are you ready to take shelter in an emergency?
Posted: March 6, 2013, 8:00 pm
Notice to Clinicians: Continued Vigilance Urged for Fungal Infections among Patients Who Received Contaminated Steroid Injections
Posted: March 4, 2013, 9:30 pm
The popular Web resource, Communicating in the First Hours, and its Spanish counterpart, Primeras Horas [http://emergency.cdc.gov/es/primerashoras/index.asp], have been significantly refreshed.
Posted: March 1, 2013, 10:45 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of 2012. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: March 1, 2013, 10:15 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for February 25, 2013
Posted: February 27, 2013, 11:00 pm
Find out what a Long Island couple learned about preparedness thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
Posted: February 27, 2013, 8:30 pm
Visit our winter weather FAQs to learn about hypothermia, frostbite, wind chill and more.
Posted: February 25, 2013, 2:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of 2012. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: February 23, 2013, 12:45 am
Water is an essential element to survival and a necessary item in an emergency supplies kit. This February, we tackled "water" as part of the Do 1 Thing program, taking small steps to be prepared for an emergency.
Posted: February 21, 2013, 3:30 pm
Follow these tips to stay safe while cleaning up after a disaster.
Posted: February 19, 2013, 3:15 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of 2012. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: February 15, 2013, 9:45 pm
A field assignee from CDC's Division of State and Local Readiness, John Peterson, gives an inside look at how many ways public health was impacted by the New England blizzard last weekend.
Posted: February 15, 2013, 7:15 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for February 11, 2013
Posted: February 14, 2013, 3:30 pm
New Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Warrant Additional Action by Healthcare Providers
Posted: February 14, 2013, 5:30 am
What's an Evacuspot? Post-Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans enacted the City Assisted Evacuation Plan that designated 17 neighborhood pick-up points across the city. Find out how the Evacuteers are working to make these pick-up points more visible and memorable for the citizens of New Orleans.
Posted: February 12, 2013, 5:30 pm
Upcoming COCA Call for Feb 12, 2013: Emergency Preparedness: Understanding Physicians' Concerns and Readiness to Respond
Posted: February 11, 2013, 9:00 pm
When using gasoline and diesel generators to supply power to a building, switch the main breaker or fuse on the service panel to the "off" position before starting the generator.
Posted: February 11, 2013, 12:15 pm
Over 2.7 million people are expected to participate in the Great Central U.S. Shakeout this Thursday, February 7 at 10:15 AM (CST). Join communities throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee who will participate in this event. Find out more about this great opportunity to practice earthquake safety.
Posted: February 6, 2013, 11:30 pm
Dress for the weather, especially if you have poor circulation.
Posted: February 4, 2013, 2:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of 2012. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: February 1, 2013, 10:30 pm
Have you stumbled upon "Doomsday Preppers" on the National Geographic Channel? While the scenarios profiled on "Doomsday Preppers" are extreme, there are actual disasters that are much more likely to occur and for which personal preparedness is essential.
Posted: January 31, 2013, 7:30 pm
Chemical emergencies have the potential to cause widespread death and illness. Both CDC and Poison Control Centers play important roles in helping define the public health response to chemical emergencies, by providing rapid detection and accurate identification of chemical agents, toxicology information, education programs, and assistance with medical management of exposures. During this COCA call, subject matter experts will discuss biomedical testing for chemical agents, state level poison control center practices, and clinical resources for chemical emergencies. Earn free continuing education. Dial in Number: 1-888-790-6180, Passcode: 1281914
Posted: January 29, 2013, 8:45 pm
Recommendations for Drug Allocation, Tuberculosis Prevention, and Patient Care During Isoniazid Shortages
Posted: January 28, 2013, 4:00 pm
Did you know that hypothermia can occur even at cool temperatures above 40 degrees farenheit if a person becomes chilled?
Posted: January 28, 2013, 12:15 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of 2012. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: January 25, 2013, 11:30 pm
Be Ready! Winter Weather Infographic
Posted: January 25, 2013, 11:00 pm
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the news media has increased discussion and debate about what needs to be done in the future to better prepare our country for emergencies. Whether it's another superstorm or the next H1N1, disasters are inevitable.
Posted: January 24, 2013, 5:45 pm
It's been almost two years since a devastating tornado ripped through the town of Joplin, Missouri, and the community continues to rebuild. Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to visit Joplin to learn more about The Independent Living Center -Joplin (TILC), one of seven programs chosen as a promising example of FEMA's Whole Community Approach to emergency management.
Posted: January 23, 2013, 12:15 pm
If you cannot bring pets inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure that they have access to unfrozen water.
Posted: January 22, 2013, 2:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of 2012. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: January 18, 2013, 9:30 pm
Health Concerns about Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bug Control Notice to Clinicians: Summary of CDC Recommendations for Influenza Antiviral Medications
Posted: January 17, 2013, 2:00 pm
Noroviruses are responsible for more than half of all reported outbreaks of gastroenteritis in the United States., and contribute to about 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths each year. Clinicians have a critical role in the management and prevention of norovirus outbreaks. During this COCA call, a CDC subject matter expert will discuss the burden of norovirus outbreaks, review diagnostics and surveillance tools, and share resources to promote the prevention and control of norovirus infections. Earn free continuing education. Dial in Number: 1-888-790-6180, Passcode: 1281914
Posted: January 15, 2013, 3:15 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for January 14, 2013.
Posted: January 14, 2013, 7:30 pm
After a winter storm, you may have to remove fallen trees. If you use a chainsaw to cut them, be careful, chainsaws can be very dangerous. Follow the instructions in the manual to safely operate the chainsaw. Wear protective equipment and never cut above your waist.
Posted: January 14, 2013, 2:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of 2012. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: January 11, 2013, 6:30 pm
On December 18, 2012, CDC hosted a Public Health Grand Rounds promoting opportunities for the best quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
Posted: January 10, 2013, 1:00 pm
Always use portable generators, camp stoves, barbecue, and charcoal grills outside and 20 feet away from windows, doors, and vents to prevent deadly CO poisoning.
Posted: January 7, 2013, 3:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of 2012. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: January 4, 2013, 9:30 pm
This year, make a resolution you can keep. Commit to improving your preparedness skills and resources for emergency situations. Start small. Focus on one topic area each month for the year.
Posted: January 2, 2013, 12:15 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for December 31, 2012
Posted: December 31, 2012, 7:30 pm
Encourage your friends and family to get prepared for winter weather with an e-card. Include a personalized message urging them to stock up on emergency supplies.
Posted: December 31, 2012, 2:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of 2012. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: December 21, 2012, 6:30 pm
Update: Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Infections among Persons Who Received Injections with Contaminated Medication
Posted: December 20, 2012, 6:30 pm
Meet Matt McDaniel, a public health hero devoted to making a healthier, more #prepared world. Matt has been recognized as an unsung hero of public health this year for his contribution to the readiness and response capabilities of the public health and healthcare sectors in the Greater Memphis, Tennessee area.
Posted: December 19, 2012, 8:45 pm
The CDC Winter Weather Health & Safety Tip widget provides weekly tips to help you stay safe and healthy throughout the winter weather season. In addition to the weekly tips, the widget provides you important, timely tips whenever winter storms happen.
Posted: December 18, 2012, 8:00 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Dec 17, 2012.
Posted: December 17, 2012, 9:30 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) updates
Posted: December 17, 2012, 8:30 pm
The CDC Winter Weather Health & Safety Tip widget provides weekly tips to help you stay safe and healthy throughout the winter weather season. In addition to the weekly tips, the widget provides you important, timely tips whenever winter storms happen.
Posted: December 13, 2012, 8:00 pm
Make a list and check it twice! Download your winter weather checklist.
Posted: December 10, 2012, 10:00 pm
Update: Additional Contamination Identified in Medical Products from New England Compounding Center
Posted: December 3, 2012, 9:55 pm
Learn to prepare and be safe and healthy when winter weather or extreme cold arrives.
Posted: December 3, 2012, 9:15 pm
Following two devastating wildfires that burned in Bend, Oregon in 1990 and again in 1996, the Fire Chief of Deschutes County, Oregon, Gary Marshall, received a phone call from Safeco Insurance offering to contribute to the purchase of new firefighting equipment. Marshall politely declined Safeco's offer because he had a more effective, long-term solution in mind that involved educating the public about the risks of wildfires.
Posted: December 3, 2012, 7:15 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Dec 3, 2012.
Posted: December 3, 2012, 7:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: November 30, 2012, 6:00 pm
Added important information about the dangers of gasoline siphoning.
Posted: November 29, 2012, 1:30 pm
Health Concerns about Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bug Control
Posted: November 28, 2012, 3:30 pm
The CDC staff who attended Dragon*Con 2012 over Labor Day weekend, went not to indulge in the art of costume craftsmanship and con festivities, but to share some insight into the world of public health preparedness and showcase what we do 24/7/365 to save lives and safeguard communities from public health threats.
Posted: November 27, 2012, 11:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: November 26, 2012, 7:15 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Nov 26, 2012.
Posted: November 26, 2012, 7:00 pm
The 2012 Hurricane Season ends on November 30th. Take steps to be prepared for all natural disasters!
Posted: November 26, 2012, 5:00 pm
Update: Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis and Other Infections Associated with Contaminated Steroid Medication
Posted: November 20, 2012, 8:00 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for November 19, 2012
Posted: November 20, 2012, 4:00 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Nov 19, 2012.
Posted: November 19, 2012, 10:15 pm
Stay away from damaged buildings or structures until they have been examined and certified as safe by a building inspector or other government authority.
Posted: November 19, 2012, 6:00 pm
Parents, teachers, doctors and nurses are just some of the people who can help children get ready for and cope with disasters.
Posted: November 16, 2012, 11:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: November 16, 2012, 9:15 pm
Casual observers may get the impression this is a public health response to an infectious disease outbreak, but it is not. The scenario is an annual 5 K run to raise funds to assist patients battling a tuberculosis infection
Posted: November 15, 2012, 3:00 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Nov 14, 2012.
Posted: November 14, 2012, 7:00 pm
After a hurricane, if the building is stable, open doors and windows to dry the building.
Posted: November 13, 2012, 10:30 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: November 9, 2012, 11:00 pm
Posted: November 8, 2012, 9:00 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Nov 7, 2012.
Posted: November 7, 2012, 7:00 pm
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Clinical Reminder: October 15, 2012
Posted: November 7, 2012, 4:30 pm
Added new link to Medscape Commentary: Clinician Guidance for Fungal Meningitis
Posted: November 6, 2012, 7:30 pm
New links for information for patients.
Posted: November 5, 2012, 10:30 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Nov 5, 2012.
Posted: November 5, 2012, 7:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: November 2, 2012, 11:00 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Nov 2, 2012.
Posted: November 2, 2012, 7:00 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Nov 1, 2012.
Posted: November 1, 2012, 7:30 pm
New Laboratory Testing and Results from the Outbreak webpage available for the Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation website
Posted: October 31, 2012, 11:00 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 31, 2012.
Posted: October 31, 2012, 7:00 pm
View the collection of flood-related PSAs and Podcasts.
Posted: October 31, 2012, 12:00 am
Received important storm health updates.
Posted: October 30, 2012, 11:30 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 30, 2012.
Posted: October 30, 2012, 7:00 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 29, 2012.
Posted: October 29, 2012, 7:00 pm
Always use portable generators, camp stoves, barbecue and charcoal grills outside and away from windows, doors, and vents to prevent deadly CO poisoning.
Posted: October 29, 2012, 1:15 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 27, 2012.
Posted: October 27, 2012, 7:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: October 27, 2012, 5:00 pm
Cluster of Cases of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) Associated with Intravenous Nonmedical Use of Opana ER
Posted: October 27, 2012, 3:00 am
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 26, 2012.
Posted: October 26, 2012, 7:00 pm
Addition of links related to the Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation under Resources for Clinicians
Posted: October 25, 2012, 11:00 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 25, 2012.
Posted: October 25, 2012, 7:00 pm
CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating fungal infections among patients who received epidural steroid injections (medication injected into the spine) with contaminated medication. CDC believes that approximately 14,000 patients may have been exposed to this medication.
Posted: October 25, 2012, 5:15 pm
Updated Case Definitions for Meningitis and Septic Arthritis
Posted: October 24, 2012, 11:30 pm
Infections under Investigation in Patients Exposed to NECC Products Other than the 3 Contaminated Lots of Methylprednisolone Acetate
Posted: October 24, 2012, 9:30 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 24, 2012.
Posted: October 24, 2012, 7:15 pm
Issuance of Updated Guidance on Management of Asymptomatic Patients Who Received Epidural or Paraspinal Injections with Contaminated Steroid Products
Posted: October 24, 2012, 4:00 am
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) updates
Posted: October 23, 2012, 10:30 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 23, 2012.
Posted: October 23, 2012, 7:30 pm
Make sure that you have a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio available to receive official instructions and updates from local authorities if the power goes out.
Posted: October 23, 2012, 1:30 pm
Guidance for patients.
Posted: October 23, 2012, 2:00 am
Frequently asked questions and answers for patients.
Posted: October 23, 2012, 2:00 am
Updated information regarding FDA Expanded Facilities List.
Posted: October 23, 2012, 1:15 am
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 22, 2012.
Posted: October 22, 2012, 7:00 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 21, 2012.
Posted: October 21, 2012, 7:00 pm
Added Selected Publications section and links to photos and footage related to CDC's Digital Press Kit.
Posted: October 20, 2012, 10:15 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 20, 2012.
Posted: October 20, 2012, 7:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: October 20, 2012, 4:00 pm
Added an image of Cladosporium.
Posted: October 19, 2012, 7:15 pm
Updated case counts for October 19, 2012.
Posted: October 19, 2012, 7:00 pm
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections
Posted: October 19, 2012, 7:00 pm
Added conference call materials to the call webpage.
Posted: October 19, 2012, 3:00 pm
Added images of Exserohilum and Aspergillus.
Posted: October 18, 2012, 11:45 pm
Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Healthcare Facilities
Posted: October 18, 2012, 9:30 pm
Current Situation - CDC Responds to Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
Posted: October 18, 2012, 8:00 pm
Updated case counts for October 18, 2012.
Posted: October 18, 2012, 7:00 pm
Updated case counts for October 17, 2012.
Posted: October 17, 2012, 7:00 pm
Case Definitions for Meningitis and Septic Arthritis
Posted: October 17, 2012, 1:00 am
Diagnostic Testing for Septic Arthritis and Specimen Submission to CDC - Outbreak Associated with Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
Posted: October 17, 2012, 12:00 am
Updated case counts for October 16, 2012.
Posted: October 16, 2012, 7:00 pm
Added a link to FDA Statement on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak and Advice to Physicians
Posted: October 16, 2012, 7:00 pm
Added a link to FDA Statement on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak and Advice to Physicians
Posted: October 16, 2012, 7:00 pm
Added an additional link for FDA information on Voriconazole IV availability in the "For additional information on antifungal drugs" section
Posted: October 16, 2012, 4:15 pm
Updated Current Situation.
Posted: October 16, 2012, 2:00 am
Clinician Guidance has been updated.
Posted: October 16, 2012, 12:30 am
UPDATED: Frequently Asked Questions for Clinicians
Posted: October 16, 2012, 12:30 am
Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation Update: Information and Guidance for Clinicians
Posted: October 15, 2012, 7:15 pm
Updated case counts for October 15, 2012.
Posted: October 15, 2012, 7:00 pm
UPDATED: Role of Antifungal Prophylaxis in Asymptomatic Patients
Posted: October 15, 2012, 1:00 am
NEW: What Should Physicians Be Doing?
Posted: October 15, 2012, 1:00 am
UPDATED: Frequently Asked Questions for Clinicians
Posted: October 15, 2012, 1:00 am
UPDATED: Instructions for Clinicians Regarding Diagnostic Testing and Specimen Shipping for Central Nervous System and Parameningeal Infections
Posted: October 14, 2012, 11:00 pm
NEW: Interim Treatment Options for Septic Arthritis Associated With Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
Posted: October 14, 2012, 11:00 pm
NEW: Interim Treatment Guidance for Central Nervous System (CNS) and/or Parameningeal Infections Associated with Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
Posted: October 14, 2012, 11:00 pm
NEW: Interim Guidance for Management of Asymptomatic Persons Exposed to Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
Posted: October 14, 2012, 11:00 pm
Updated case counts for October 14, 2012.
Posted: October 14, 2012, 7:00 pm
Updated case counts for October 13, 2012.
Posted: October 13, 2012, 7:00 pm
Added new Digital Press Kit to Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation home page.
Posted: October 13, 2012, 3:00 pm
Updated case definition information.
Posted: October 12, 2012, 8:30 pm
Updated case counts for October 12, 2012.
Posted: October 12, 2012, 7:00 pm
Half of all lifetime cases of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders begin by age 14 and three-quarters by age 24 (Kessler, 2005; IOM, 2009). Intervening early at the individual, family and community level can delay or prevent the on-set of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders (IOM 2009).
Posted: October 12, 2012, 2:15 pm
Instructions for Clinical Teams Regarding Diagnostic Testing and Specimen Submission to CDC - Outbreak Associated With Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
Posted: October 11, 2012, 7:00 pm
Updated Current Situation bullets.
Posted: October 11, 2012, 7:00 pm
Updated case counts for October 11, 2012.
Posted: October 11, 2012, 6:30 pm
Updated Current Situation bullets.
Posted: October 11, 2012, 9:30 am
Added image of Exserohilum rostratum.
Posted: October 10, 2012, 10:45 pm
Updated case counts for October 10, 2012.
Posted: October 10, 2012, 6:45 pm
Updated case definition information.
Posted: October 10, 2012, 5:45 pm
Updated with additional questions and answers.
Posted: October 10, 2012, 5:45 pm
Added a Spanish version of Frequently Asked Questions For Patients: Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation.
Posted: October 10, 2012, 5:30 pm
COCA Email Updates: September 24 - October 8, 2012
Posted: October 10, 2012, 2:30 pm
At this time, CDC does not recommend initiation of antifungal prophylaxis in exposed patients who are asymptomatic. These patients should be closely monitored for development of symptoms, with a low threshold for performing lumbar puncture should the patient become symptomatic. In addition, CDC does not recommend empiric antifungal therapy for symptomatic patients who have normal cerebrospinal fluid laboratory examination. These patients should be closely monitored and re-evaluated should their symptoms. Should the patient have progression of symptoms, a lumbar puncture should be repeated immediately.
Posted: October 10, 2012, 2:00 pm
Related links for specific audiences were added to the Meningitis Outbreak Investigation home page.
Posted: October 10, 2012, 1:45 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continue to work closely with state public health departments on a multistate investigation of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection. These cases are associated with a potentially contaminated steroid medication prepared by New England Compounding Center (NECC), located in Framingham, Mass. During this COCA Call, CDC subject matter experts will review current epidemiology of the outbreak, describe clinical presentation and features of fungal meningitis, and review CDC's recommended treatment guidance.
Posted: October 10, 2012, 1:00 pm
Current Situation section has been updated.
Posted: October 9, 2012, 11:45 pm
Clinician Guidance has been updated.
Posted: October 9, 2012, 9:30 pm
Addition of new link to CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) - Multistate Outbreak of Meningitis and Stroke Associated with Potentially Contaminated Steroid Medication
Posted: October 9, 2012, 7:00 pm
Persons with Meningitis Linked to Epidural Steroid Injections, by State
Posted: October 9, 2012, 7:00 pm
At this time, CDC does not recommend initiation of antifungal prophylaxis in exposed patients who are asymptomatic. These patients should be closely monitored for development of symptoms, with a low threshold for performing lumbar puncture should the patient become symptomatic. In addition, CDC does not recommend empiric antifungal therapy for symptomatic patients who have normal cerebrospinal fluid laboratory examination. These patients should be closely monitored and re-evaluated should their symptoms worsen.
Posted: October 9, 2012, 3:45 pm
Make plans in advance to secure your home. Protect your windows by installing hurricane shutters or board up windows with plywood.
Posted: October 9, 2012, 2:00 pm
Added the following information: All vials of Methylprednisolone Acetate that were sent to Nevada were recalled prior to use.
Posted: October 8, 2012, 10:45 pm
Instructions for Clinical Teams Regarding Diagnostic Testing and Specimen Submission to CDC - utbreak Associated With Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
Posted: October 8, 2012, 8:30 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continue to work closely with state public health departments on a multistate investigation of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection. Some of these patients also suffered strokes that may have resulted from their infection. These cases are associated with a potentially contaminated steroid medication prepared by New England Compounding Center (NECC), located in Framingham, Mass. This HAN notice provides updated information about the investigation (including a change in the case definition*), laboratory findings, an expanded voluntary recall of products, and recommendations for clinicians.
Posted: October 8, 2012, 8:30 pm
FAQs for Patients: Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation
Posted: October 8, 2012, 1:15 am
CDC is coordinating a multistate investigation of meningitis among patients who received epidural steroid injections (medication injected into the spine). Several of these patients have had strokes related to the meningitis. In several patients, the meningitis was found to be caused by a fungus that is common in the environment but rarely causes meningitis. This form of meningitis is not contagious. The source of the fungus has not yet been identified, and the cause of infections in the other patients is still being assessed.
Posted: October 7, 2012, 11:00 pm
Persons with Meningitis Linked to Epidural Steroid Injections, by State
Posted: October 7, 2012, 7:00 pm
Frequently Asked Questions: Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation
Posted: October 7, 2012, 1:00 am
Case Definitions: Multistate Outbreak Associated with Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
Posted: October 7, 2012, 1:00 am
Lumbar Puncture in Asymptomatic Patients
Posted: October 7, 2012, 1:00 am
Role of Antifungal Prophylaxis in Asymptomatic Patients
Posted: October 7, 2012, 1:00 am
Instructions for Clinical Teams Regarding Diagnostic Testing and Specimen Submission to CDC - Outbreak Associated With Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
Posted: October 7, 2012, 1:00 am
The pathogens involved in this cluster of infections are still under investigation. At present, there is culture and/or histopathologic evidence of fungal infection in at least nine patients; isolates have included Aspergillus spp. and Exserohilum spp.
Posted: October 6, 2012, 9:00 pm
Persons with Meningitis Linked to Epidural Steroid Injections, by State
Posted: October 6, 2012, 7:00 pm
List of Healthcare Facilities which Received Lots of Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) Recalled from New England Compounding Center on September 26, 2012
Posted: October 5, 2012, 10:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: October 5, 2012, 8:00 pm
CDC is coordinating a multistate investigation of meningitis among patients who received epidural steroid injections (medication injected into the spine). Several of these patients have had strokes related to the meningitis. In several patients, the meningitis was found to be caused by a fungus that is common in the environment but rarely causes meningitis. This form of meningitis is not contagious. The source of the fungus has not yet been identified, and the cause of infections in the other patients is still being assessed.
Posted: October 5, 2012, 7:00 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are coordinating a multi-state investigation of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection. Several of these patients also suffered strokes that are believed to have resulted from their infection. As of October 4, 2012, five deaths have been reported. Fungal meningitis is not transmitted from person to person. These cases are associated with a potentially contaminated medication. Investigation into the exact source is ongoing; however, interim data show that all infected patients received injection with preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) prepared by New England Compounding Center, located in Framingham, MA.
Posted: October 4, 2012, 10:05 pm
Have you used any 1st Aid supplies this hurricane season? Make sure you have essential first aid items such as bandages, antibiotic ointment, scissors, etc.
Posted: October 1, 2012, 12:30 pm
Children are not just small adults; their growing minds and bodies have unique physical, physiological, developmental and mental health needs. These differences become especially apparent - and warrant increased attention and care - before, during and after a disaster strikes.
Posted: September 28, 2012, 9:30 pm
You can't respond to threats if you don't know what they are, which is one reason that laboratories play such an important role in public health. Public health laboratories have helped detect all kinds of threats to the public's health; including anthrax, monkey pox, novel flu viruses, and foodborne disease outbreaks caused by germs like listeria.
Posted: September 26, 2012, 6:00 pm
Children with underlying medical conditions, to include neurological disorders, are at higher risk for influenza-associated complications. During the 2009-2010 Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic, children with neurological disorders experienced a greater burden of morbidity and mortality. Influenza prevention and control strategies in this at-risk population should include coordinated care among clinicians and the children's families. During this COCA call, subject matter experts will discuss subspecialist and primary care pediatrician collaborations regarding influenza prevention and control strategies for improving care for high-risk children.
Posted: September 25, 2012, 1:15 pm
Know what kinds of foods are better to keep in your emergency food supply.
Posted: September 24, 2012, 12:30 pm
One of the strongest threads woven into the fabric of American culture is that of volunteer service. When someone is in need, we ask what can be done to help. This is never more evident than during a time of disaster.
Posted: September 20, 2012, 6:00 pm
Public health emergencies often evolve rapidly and become too complex for effective improvisation; therefore, an effective response requires planning in advance of the event. Effective planning strategies should include Disaster Risk Reduction tactics to mitigate the health impact of disasters. CDC is working in partnership with the Medical Reserve Corps to provide public health, medical and other volunteers with an accurate understanding of the principles of Disaster Risk Reduction. These principles will assist volunteers to make decisions that support building community public health resiliency. Please join us for this COCA call where a subject matter expert will discuss the principles for effective, efficient and orderly processes for disaster planning.
Posted: September 17, 2012, 2:30 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: September 14, 2012, 8:00 pm
Planning for emergencies is important, especially since your family may not be together when disaster hits. Make sure to involve your children in the planning process, when you include children they're more likely to remember the plan and act on it.
Posted: September 14, 2012, 2:30 pm
Cleaning and sanitizing your home after a hurricane or emergency is important to help prevent the spread of illness and disease.
Posted: September 10, 2012, 5:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: September 7, 2012, 11:00 pm
September is National Preparedness Month, and during this time we encourage you to talk to your elderly neighbors and family members to make sure they have a plan in case of an emergency, big or small.
Posted: September 5, 2012, 11:30 pm
Be prepared and have at least a 3 day supply of nonperishable food and clean drinking water.
Posted: September 4, 2012, 7:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: August 31, 2012, 11:00 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with the National Park Service and the California Department of Public Health on an investigation of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in people who stayed at Yosemite National Park during June through August 2012. The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to inform state health departments and health care providers to be alert to the possibility of HPS in patients who may have had recent exposure to rodents or a history of travel to Yosemite National Park during this period.
Posted: August 31, 2012, 4:51 pm
Since 1999, more than 30,000 people in the United States have been reported with West Nile virus disease. Outbreaks occur each summer however, this year, some areas of the country are experiencing earlier and greater activity. People over 50 years of age and those with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and solid-organ transplants, are at greater risk for serious illness if they are infected. Understanding the epidemiology and clinical features of West Nile virus disease is valuable for clinicians. Join us for this COCA call where a subject matter expert will review epidemiology, modes of transmission, clinical features, appropriate use of diagnostics, and treatment and prevention options for West Nile virus infections.
Posted: August 29, 2012, 4:30 pm
Follow the advice of state & local authorities when a hurricane watch or warning is issued. Tune in to the radio or television for hurricane and evacuation information about your area.
Posted: August 28, 2012, 12:00 am
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: August 24, 2012, 9:00 pm
The practice of tattooing has been around for thousands of years. These days, 21% of adults in the United States report having at least one piece of permanent artwork on their bodies.One question few people may consider, however, is "What exactly went into that ink you're about to inject into my skin?"
Posted: August 23, 2012, 6:15 pm
The overall approach to emergencies and disasters has recently shifted from post-impact activities to a more systematic and comprehensive process of risk management. Disaster risk management underlying goal is to reduce risk to both human life and systems important to livelihood, and includes both pre-impact disaster risk reduction and post-impact humanitarian and development action. During this call, a CDC subject matter expert will discuss the importance of disaster risk reduction for reducing adverse health effects of disasters and how application of the basic tenets of preventive medicine and public health can result in a more humane and cost-effective approach to emergency management. Participate by Phone: 1-800-619-2685 / Passcode: COCA and join us online.
Posted: August 21, 2012, 12:30 pm
Always use portable generators, camp stoves, barbecue and charcoal grills outside and away from windows, doors, and vents to prevent deadly CO poisoning.
Posted: August 20, 2012, 12:30 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: August 17, 2012, 10:00 pm
West Nile virus season is off to an early start this year, which doesn't bode well for what's to come. Most West Nile virus exposures in the United States occur from July through October, with a peak during the first two weeks of August.
Posted: August 16, 2012, 10:00 pm
Throw away food that may have come in contact with flood or hurricane water. Learn other signs to look for to know whether food is safe.
Posted: August 13, 2012, 12:45 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: August 10, 2012, 10:00 pm
Twelve years of school, countless numbers of standardized test, a tassel, a diploma, and a college acceptance letter and you are fully prepared for college, or are you? We've put together a few helpful tips on how to get ready for college.
Posted: August 10, 2012, 5:45 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: August 7, 2012, 6:00 pm
There are often many hazards in a hurricane-damaged home. Learn how to stay safe when it's time to return home.
Posted: August 6, 2012, 12:45 pm
Multiple infections with variant* influenza A (H3N2v) viruses have been identified in 3 states in recent weeks. From July 12 through August 3, 2012, 16 cases of H3N2v were reported and confirmed by CDC. This virus was first detected in humans in July 2011. It has also been isolated in U.S.
Posted: August 3, 2012, 4:00 pm
Power outages and traffic jams are not unusual for India. But never before has half the country lost power all at once.
Posted: August 2, 2012, 11:30 pm
COCA Email Update: July 16 - July 30, 2012
Posted: August 1, 2012, 1:00 pm
Join us for this COCA call where subject matter experts will review the epidemiology of methadone overdoses in the United States and discuss guidelines for appropriate opioid prescribing.
Posted: August 1, 2012, 12:30 pm
Check your home for hazards before an emergency. Know how to safely turn off water, electric, and gas if you need to.
Posted: July 30, 2012, 3:30 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: July 27, 2012, 8:15 pm
A recent national poll by Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation surveyed 1,000 Americans about their personal preparedness behaviors and the results show that we're not ready.
Posted: July 27, 2012, 5:30 pm
Be prepared, inform local authorities about your special needs before a hurricane strikes.
Posted: July 23, 2012, 1:30 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: July 20, 2012, 10:00 pm
The Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE) provides a meeting ground for those committed to excellence in community and public health nursing education, research, and practice. ACHNE was established in 1978 and is run by elected volunteer leaders who guide the organization in providing networking through the quarterly newsletter and membership directory, and providing educational opportunities through publications and the annual Spring Institute. Learn more about ACHNE online.
Posted: July 20, 2012, 8:00 pm
Before the hurricane comes, learn about your community's emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters.
Posted: July 16, 2012, 2:30 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: July 13, 2012, 10:00 pm
The effects of a disaster are not always physical. Houses and roads can be rebuilt and physical wounds will heal, but the emotional scars from a disaster can often be harder to fix.
Posted: July 13, 2012, 7:30 pm
The Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Health Studies Branch (DEHHE/HSB) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) toolkit to assist personnel from any local, regional, state, or federal public health departments in conducting the CASPER during disaster.
Posted: July 9, 2012, 4:45 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: July 9, 2012, 3:15 pm
By completing a disaster plan in advance, you can ensure that you and your family are prepared for hurricanes and other emergencies.
Posted: July 9, 2012, 1:00 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: July 2, 2012, 10:00 pm
Traveling this holiday? Now is a good time to make sure your car is ready for an emergency.
Posted: July 2, 2012, 6:30 pm
Pet-friendly shelters or hotels may not be available during an emergency, so make alternate housing arrangements for your pets in advance.
Posted: June 25, 2012, 6:45 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: June 22, 2012, 9:00 pm
During hurricane season, tune in to the radio or television for hurricane information about your area. Follow the advice of state & local authorities.
Posted: June 18, 2012, 1:30 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: June 15, 2012, 11:00 pm
If you've been reading the news the past few weeks, you may have heard about the recent outbreak of pertussis that has reached epidemic levels in Washington. Outbreaks reported in schools and communities as well as the beginning of summer camp season highlight the importance of public awareness. View the Pertussis Disease Villain's rap sheet to find out more about this public health nemesis.
Posted: June 12, 2012, 4:30 pm
Plan ahead of time where you and your family will go if you have to evacuate. Know how to prepare your home and car before a hurricane arrives.
Posted: June 11, 2012, 4:15 pm
CDC is collaborating with public health officials in multiple states to investigate a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli serogroup O145 (STEC O145) infections. A total of 14 persons infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O145 infection have been identified in 6 states.
Posted: June 11, 2012, 3:30 pm
The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of early 2012, the world is not on track to eradicate polio by the end of the year. Yet, we are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted: June 8, 2012, 11:00 pm
Remember to check your emergency kit from last season. Make sure that you have everything you need. Replace expired items such as food and medicine.
Posted: June 4, 2012, 10:15 pm
The 2012 Hurricane Season starts June 1st. Are you ready?
Posted: May 28, 2012, 4:30 pm
Summer isn't just the season for beach vacations and backyard BBQ's it's also the season for Hand Foot and Mouth Disease. Not sure what that is? Check out our latest blog post written by a mom with first-hand experience and tips on treating a toddler with HFMD.
Posted: May 22, 2012, 8:15 pm
The Laboratory Response Network is charged with the task of maintaining an integrated network of state and local public health, federal, military, and international laboratories that can respond to bioterrorism, chemical terrorism and other public health emergencies.
Posted: May 21, 2012, 2:00 pm
Last year CDC told you how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse (along with more realistic disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes), this year we're featuring zombie preparedness stories from across the nation.
Posted: May 15, 2012, 11:45 am
This demonstrates how the funding CDC provides to states for public health preparedness and response is being used to protect the public's health every day. These dollars are an incredibly important way to connect the health care delivery system (e.g., hospitals and doctors offices) with public health and save on healthcare costs for everyone.
Posted: May 8, 2012, 1:45 pm
This week, CDC's Division of Strategic National Stockpile is practicing how it would respond to the release of anthrax in multiple locations across the nation. Four states - North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky - also are participating in this exercise so they, too, can test their abilities to respond.
Posted: May 4, 2012, 3:45 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend, as its highest priority recommendation, that people in the path of a tornado find a shelter or a tornado-safe room. The safest place in the home is the interior part of a basement. If possible, get under something sturdy such as a heavy table or workbench. If outdoors, lie down in a gully or ditch.
Posted: May 3, 2012, 10:00 pm
This time last year, storms ripped through the central and southern United States spawning more than 300 tornadoes and claiming hundreds of lives. This year we observed National Severe Weather Preparedness Week in memory of these tragic events and to encourage everyone to learn what to do when severe weather strikes.
Posted: April 27, 2012, 5:30 pm
With the 2012 Summer Olympics less than 100 days away, people around the world are preparing. Athletes are putting in their final weeks of training, London officials are getting the city ready for visitors, and spectators are making travel plans. In CDC's case, we're trying to make sure everyone's healthy for the big event.
Posted: April 26, 2012, 12:15 pm
One model approach for bringing communities together is the Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness. A "meta-leader" is a leader of leaders - someone who can mobilize people and organizations to collaborate in times of crisis.
Posted: April 24, 2012, 1:45 pm
Located on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida, Sarasota County is no stranger to extreme weather and natural disasters. But as Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane says, "You don't have to be hit by a hurricane to be impacted by one."
Posted: April 20, 2012, 12:30 am
Questions and answers about vaccines.
Posted: April 16, 2012, 6:30 pm
The Laboratory Response Network is charged with the task of maintaining an integrated network of state and local public health, federal, military, and international laboratories that can respond to bioterrorism, chemical terrorism and other public health emergencies.
Posted: April 3, 2012, 7:00 pm
Information, tools, and resources to assist in multi-sector planning for older adults in all-hazard emergencies.
Posted: March 22, 2012, 7:00 pm
I joined 2500 runners, 500 zombies and many more spectators at the Run for Your Lives race held just outside of Atlanta in Union Point, Georgia. Proceeds from the race went to the American Red Cross and CDC set up a booth where we had the opportunity to talk with other zombie enthusiasts about how preparing for a zombie apocalypse would help them prepare for any disaster.
Posted: March 9, 2012, 4:51 pm
Schools and education agencies cannot prevent natural disasters or even many man-made crises, but they can prepare for and plan to respond to such emergencies. Resources are available to help schools, education agencies, and institutions of higher education develop such plans, usually in collaboration with public health and first responder agencies.
Posted: March 1, 2012, 2:45 pm
When there are thunderstorms in your area, turn on your radio or TV to get the latest emergency information from local authorities. Listen for announcements of a tornado watch or tornado warning.
Posted: February 29, 2012, 7:00 pm
In an instant, an explosion or blast can wreck havoc; producing numerous casualties with complex, technically challenging injuries not commonly seen after natural disasters such as floods or hurricanes.
Posted: February 21, 2012, 11:00 pm
This course focuses on the effects of explosive events and provides the latest clinical information regarding blast-related injuries from terrorism. It was developed to compliment all hazards disaster response training programs and also serve as an independent training source for emergency responders and hospital staff.
Posted: February 21, 2012, 11:00 pm
Thailand has a tropical climate with monsoon rains that come every summer. In 2011, the rains were unusually heavy, with a sequence of typhoons sweeping across southeast Asia. Regions of Thailand are now experiencing the worst floods in over fifty years, as water immerses villages, farms, and factories.
Posted: February 15, 2012, 9:00 pm
A recent review of randomized clinical trial data for the influenza neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral medications, and two related commentaries, raised questions about the value of antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza. On February 7, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a "Have You Heard?" piece in response. The CDC response states "After careful consideration of all available evidence, CDC guidance on the use of antiviral medications remains unchanged." CDC continues to recommend the use of neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral drugs (oral oseltamivir and inhaled zanamivir) as an important adjunct in the prevention and treatment of influenza.
Posted: February 9, 2012, 6:30 pm
Using commonly available mobile devices (e.g., iPhone, iPod touch), HANDI is a prime example of how we can use mobile technology in public health and emergency preparedness.
Posted: February 3, 2012, 7:46 pm
When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body's stored energy.
Posted: January 23, 2012, 10:00 pm
On Wednesday, December 14, CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., charged the entire CDC community to become active participants in an intensified strategy to eradicate polio, worldwide. CDC's Emergency Operations Center has been activated for the agency's partnership engagement through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). GPEI is committed to eradicating polio by the end of 2012.
Posted: January 6, 2012, 4:00 pm
Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines.
Posted: January 6, 2012, 4:00 pm
New Year's Resolution: Be Ready
Posted: January 3, 2012, 9:00 pm
Ticket for Two - Real-life Contagion: Part 2 - by Tyler M. Sharp, PhD
Posted: December 30, 2011, 9:00 pm
Infants less than one year old should never sleep in a cold room because they lose body heat more easily than adults. Unlike adults, infants are unable to make enough body heat by shivering.
Posted: December 19, 2011, 10:00 pm
Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. Therefore, the strategy to eradicate polio is based on preventing infection by immunizing every child to stop transmission and ultimately make the world polio free.
Posted: December 18, 2011, 9:00 pm
Ticket for Two - International travel during pregnancy - by Stacie Dunkle
Posted: December 12, 2011, 9:00 pm
Shivering is an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Keep warm by dressing in wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers - these fabrics hold in more body heat than cotton.
Posted: December 5, 2011, 10:00 pm
CDC Situation Awareness - Foodborne Outbreak Syndication
Posted: December 5, 2011, 8:00 pm
New message on the administering Tdap during pregnancy.
Posted: December 2, 2011, 10:00 pm
Be Prepared For All Natural Disasters
Posted: November 29, 2011, 7:00 pm
Winter Weather Preparedness Means More than Just Grabbing Your Coat - by Ali S. Khan
Posted: November 23, 2011, 9:00 pm
Chainsaws can be very dangerous. Follow the instructions in the manual to safely operate the equipment. Wear protective equipment and never cut above your waist.
Posted: November 21, 2011, 9:00 pm
Always use portable generators, camp stoves, barbecue and charcoal grills outside and 25 feet away from windows, doors, and vents to prevent deadly CO poisoning.
Posted: November 14, 2011, 9:00 pm
Don't Feed The Animals - by Ali S. Khan
Posted: November 8, 2011, 8:00 pm
Make sure that you have a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio available to receive official instructions and updates from local authorities if the power goes out.
Posted: November 7, 2011, 9:00 pm
Make plans in advance to secure your home. Protect your windows by installing storm shutters or board up windows with plywood.
Posted: October 31, 2011, 9:00 pm
In MOST situations, you will reduce your chance of injury from falling objects (and even building collapse) if you immediately: Drop! Cover! Hold On!
Posted: October 26, 2011, 7:30 pm
Bring rubber boots, rubber gloves and goggles with you when you evacuate. They will protect you from contaminated flood waters when you return after the storm.
Posted: October 24, 2011, 9:00 pm
COCA Email Updates: September 12 - October 11, 2011
Posted: October 19, 2011, 10:30 pm
CDC has a fun new way of teaching the importance of emergency preparedness. Our new graphic novel, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic" demonstrates the importance of being prepared in an entertaining way that people of all ages will enjoy. Readers follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies.
Posted: October 18, 2011, 9:00 pm
If the power goes out, turn off major appliances to reduce power surge when electricity is restored.
Posted: October 17, 2011, 7:30 pm
DragonKhan. - by Blog Administrator
Posted: October 14, 2011, 7:30 pm
Wildfires: What YOU Need to Know. - by Blog Administrator
Posted: September 30, 2011, 9:00 pm
A Time to Remember - by Captain Tracee Treadwell
Posted: September 9, 2011, 8:00 pm
Tornado Survivors Battle Deadly Fungus Outbreak - by Ali S. Khan
Posted: September 2, 2011, 6:00 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with state and local governments, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other federal agencies to help communities recover from Hurricane Irene. Irene made U.S. landfall along the East Coast on Saturday, August 27 and continued to move northeast as a tropical storm.
Posted: September 1, 2011, 8:00 pm
Food may not be safe to eat during and after an emergency. Safe water for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene includes bottled, boiled, or treated water. Your state, local, or tribal health department can make specific recommendations for boiling or treating water in your area.
Posted: August 31, 2011, 9:00 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with state and local governments, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other federal agencies to help communities recover from Hurricane Irene. Irene made U.S. landfall along the East Coast on Saturday, August 27 and continued to move northeast as a tropical storm.
Posted: August 31, 2011, 1:00 am
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with state and local governments, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other federal agencies to help communities recover from Hurricane Irene. Irene made U.S. landfall along the East Coast on Saturday, August 27 and continued to move northeast as a tropical storm.
Posted: August 30, 2011, 1:00 am
Tornado Survivors Battle Deadly Fungus Outbreak - by Ali S. Khan
Posted: August 1, 2011, 4:00 pm
All-hazards reference tool for health professionals who are responsible for initiating the public health response during the first 24 hours (i.e., the acute phase) of an emergency or disaster.
Posted: July 27, 2011, 10:00 pm
Borders, Budgets, and the Rising Risk of Disease - by Ali S. Khan
Posted: July 6, 2011, 4:00 pm
Vampire Diaries: When Preparedness Hits Home - by Cyndi Rilling
Posted: June 29, 2011, 4:00 pm
Vampire Diaries: Getting Back to My Roots Through a Deadly Outbreak - by Lizette Durand
Posted: June 20, 2011, 4:00 pm
Killer Strain: Anthrax - by Ali S. Khan
Posted: June 9, 2011, 4:00 pm
With June 1st only days away, FEMA, CDC and the rest of the team are busy preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. And now that you’ve taken the necessary precautions to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, you can take steps to prepare for hurricane season, too.
Posted: May 26, 2011, 5:19 pm
Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse - by Ali S. Khan
Posted: May 16, 2011, 7:00 pm
The CDC has launched a new Facebook page for Emergency Preparedness and Response. This page will keep you informed about how to be prepared for public health emergencies and disasters and provide information needed to protect and save lives during an event. Become a fan today! “Like” the page on www.facebook.com/cdcemergency to receive updates, participate in future conversations, and more.
Posted: May 16, 2011, 4:50 pm
In the event of a radiation emergency, such as a nuclear power plant accident or the explosion of a dirty bomb, you may be asked to stay home and take shelter rather than try to evacuate. This action is called “sheltering in place.”
Posted: April 15, 2011, 9:00 pm
It is critical for you to remember to practice basic hygiene during the emergency period. Always wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected. Warm water is best.
Posted: April 15, 2011, 9:00 pm
Radiation Emergencies homepage.
Posted: April 15, 2011, 9:00 pm
This fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives you some basic information about Radiation and Potassium Iodide (KI). It explains what you should think about before you or a family member takes KI.
Posted: April 15, 2011, 9:00 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has prepared this fact sheet to help you understand the possible health effects to your fetus from exposure to radiation.
Posted: April 15, 2011, 9:00 pm
A - Z dictionary glossary.
Posted: April 15, 2011, 9:00 pm
When scientists measure radiation, they use different terms depending on whether they are discussing radiation coming from a radioactive source, the radiation dose absorbed by a person, or the risk that a person will suffer health effects (biological risk) from exposure to radiation. This fact sheet explains some of the terminology used to discuss radiation measurement.
Posted: April 15, 2011, 9:00 pm
What Is Radiation? How Can Exposure Occur? What Happens When People Are Exposed to Radiation? What Types of Terrorist Events Might Involve Radiation? and more.
Posted: April 15, 2011, 9:00 pm
Radioactive contamination and radiation exposure could occur if radioactive materials are released into the environment as the result of an accident, an event in nature, or an act of terrorism. Such a release could expose people and contaminate their surroundings and personal property.
Posted: April 15, 2011, 9:00 pm
If a radiation emergency occurs, people can take actions to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their pets. Emergency workers and local officials are trained to respond to disaster situations and will provide specific actions to help keep people safe.
Posted: April 15, 2011, 9:00 pm
In the event of a radiation emergency, such as a nuclear power plant accident or the explosion of a radioactive dirty bomb, you may need to leave your home or the immediate area (evacuate).
Posted: April 15, 2011, 9:00 pm
To prevent foodborne diseases, wash your hands with clean water and soap before and after you eat or prepare food and after you use the latrine or bathroom. If you do not have clean water, use waterless hand sanitizers until clean water is available for washing.
Posted: April 15, 2011, 9:00 pm
12 new documents on Radiation Health and Safety are now available in Japanese. Learn more about Radiation and Health at http://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/.
Posted: April 15, 2011, 9:00 pm
Is it safe to drink milk? What are the levels that would start to affect my thyroid? How long will there be traces of iodine-131 from Japan in milk? and more.
Posted: April 6, 2011, 1:00 am
What Is Radiation? How Can Exposure Occur? What Happens When People Are Exposed to Radiation? In the event of a radiation emergency, such as a nuclear power plant accident or the explosion of a dirty bomb, you may be asked to stay home and take shelter rather than try to evacuate. This action is called “sheltering in place.”
Posted: March 29, 2011, 11:00 pm
What Is Radiation? How Can Exposure Occur? What Happens When People Are Exposed to Radiation? What Types of Terrorist Events Might Involve Radiation? What Preparations Can I Make for a Radiation Emergency? How Can I Protect Myself During a Radiation Emergency? Should I Take Potassium Iodide During a Radiation Emergency? and more.
Posted: March 29, 2011, 11:00 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has prepared this fact sheet to help people understand how public health officials would monitor people following a radiological incident, and how this monitoring could be used to protect people’s health.
Posted: March 29, 2011, 11:00 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has prepared this fact sheet to help you understand the possible health effects to your fetus from exposure to radiation.
Posted: March 29, 2011, 11:00 pm
The JIC Never Sleeps - by Clarice Conley
Posted: March 28, 2011, 10:00 pm
Radiation sickness, known as acute radiation syndrome (ARS), is a serious illness that occurs when the entire body (or most of it) receives a high dose of radiation, usually over a short period of time. Many survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs in the 1940s and many of the firefighters who first responded after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident in 1986 became ill with ARS.
Posted: March 25, 2011, 1:00 am
This fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives you some basic information about Radiation and Potassium Iodide (KI). It explains what you should think about before you or a family member takes KI.
Posted: March 25, 2011, 1:00 am
Prussian blue can remove certain radioactive materials from people’s bodies, but must be taken under the guidance of a doctor.
Posted: March 25, 2011, 1:00 am
Answers to questions like: What is Radiation?, How Can Exposure Occur?, What Happens When People Are Exposed to Radiation?, What Types of Terrorist Events Might Involve Radiation?, and more.
Posted: March 25, 2011, 1:00 am
The Situation Awareness Section (SA) mission is to support CDC emergency response operations through strengthening public health information sharing between CDC, Federal, State, and local entities to monitor, collect, analyze, and develop critical information to support response actions and produce data, information, and geospatial information products supporting a User Definable Operating Picture (UDOP).
Posted: March 23, 2011, 12:00 am
This fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives you some basic information about Radiation and Potassium Iodide (KI). It explains what you should think about before you or a family member takes KI.
Posted: March 18, 2011, 5:00 pm
Haiti Cholera Response: Stories from the Field, Part 3 - by Molly McCollom
Posted: March 8, 2011, 8:00 pm
Volatile Organic Compounds and Your Health Some people in the Gulf have had their blood tested for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) because they were worried about exposure to chemicals after the Gulf oil spill. CDC and ATSDR are working with Gulf residents and their doctors to help them understand what the results might mean
Posted: February 25, 2011, 9:00 pm
CDC/ATSDR Guidance on the Interpretation and Use of Blood Laboratory Analyses for Volatile Organic Compounds
Posted: February 25, 2011, 9:00 pm
Battling Disease Outbreaks in the Big Apple - by Scott Harper
Posted: February 11, 2011, 8:00 pm
Haiti Cholera Response: Stories from the Field, Part 2 - by Araceli Rey
Posted: January 26, 2011, 8:00 pm
The National Public Health Radio Network (NPHRN) is a collaborative initiative between CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) and the Division of Emergency Operations (DEO).
Posted: January 19, 2011, 10:00 pm
Haiti Cholera Response: Stories from the Field. Part 1 - by Emily McCormick
Posted: December 17, 2010, 7:14 pm
An outbreak of cholera was confirmed in Haiti on October 21, 2010. Cholera had not been documented in Haiti for decades so cholera outbreaks were considered unlikely in Haiti immediately following the earthquake in January, 2010.
Posted: October 23, 2010, 6:00 am
Fact sheet featuring information about what light crude oil does when it reaches shore.
Posted: September 23, 2010, 3:30 pm
Newly released Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening the Nation's Emergency Response State by State (2010) Features national-level data and individual fact sheets on preparedness activities taking place in the 50 states and 4 localities supported by CDC's Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreement.
Posted: September 21, 2010, 5:48 pm
The Gulf Coast Oil Spill has the potential to affect human health in addition to the effects already seen on animal and marine life. CDC, along with the affected Gulf Coast states, has developed a plan to track the potential short-term health effects related to the oil spill in the affected communities.
Posted: September 3, 2010, 6:00 pm
CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognize the importance of responding to potential public health issues related to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) initiated the agency’s response on April 20th. CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on May 6th as part of the federal response to the environmental disaster.
Posted: August 31, 2010, 8:59 pm
CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognize the importance of anticipating, monitoring and responding to any potential public health hazards that may affect human health. Currently, 282 CDC and ATSDR staff members are involved in the response, including 14 staff members who are deployed to Gulf Coast states.
Posted: August 11, 2010, 10:00 pm
What Health Care Providers Should Know about Potential Health Hazards from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Posted: July 29, 2010, 8:17 pm
CDC, along with the affected Gulf Coast states, has developed a plan to track potential short-term health effects related to the oil spill. Surveillance systems track changes in the number and severity of illnesses and injuries in a population, alerting public health officials to trends that require further investigation.
Posted: July 27, 2010, 1:33 pm
CDC Earthquake PSAs and Podcasts provide timely messages about what you can do to protect yourself and your family from earthquakes.
Posted: July 26, 2010, 11:30 pm
CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognize the importance of anticipating, monitoring and responding to any potential public health hazards that may affect human health. Currently, 384 CDC and ATSDR staff members are involved in the response, including 13 staff members who are deployed to Gulf Coast states.
Posted: July 26, 2010, 9:00 pm
Key Points regarding health effects and risks of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Posted: July 25, 2010, 2:33 pm
What Health Care Providers should know about potential health hazards from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Posted: July 25, 2010, 2:30 pm
CDC is monitoring potential health threats or conditions across the five Gulf States that may arise as a result of human exposure to the oil spill. In the case of a hurricane or tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico, here are quick facts that families can take to protect their health after the storm.
Posted: July 24, 2010, 2:28 am
The Gulf Oil Spill 2010: Information for Parents fact sheet has been translated into Spanish.
Posted: July 21, 2010, 5:43 pm
CDC, along with the affected Gulf Coast states, has developed a plan to track potential short-term health effects related to the oil spill. Surveillance systems track changes in the number and severity of illnesses and injuries in a population, alerting public health officials to trends that require further investigation.
Posted: July 21, 2010, 5:34 pm
Emergencies can be a scary and stressful time, especially for pregnant women or women with infants or children. Though you may feel it is impossible to be ready for unexpected events, being prepared can help you avoid stress and put you in a better position to handle emergencies.
Posted: July 16, 2010, 4:00 pm
If you are pregnant or someone with infants or young children, find out how to plan for an emergency or disaster. This fact sheet will help you prepare for emergency birth, prepare for an emergency or disaster, evacuate, stay in a shelter or place other than your home, be prepared during and just after a disaster, and recover after a disaster.
Posted: July 16, 2010, 4:00 pm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention letter to Gulf Coast states regarding seafood safety due to the Gulf Oil Spill.
Posted: July 12, 2010, 3:41 pm
New fact sheet featuring disaster mental health resources - including Mental Health Information for Individuals and Families, Physicians and First Responders and Relief Workers.
Posted: July 8, 2010, 12:55 pm
Frequently asked questions as well as State and Federal links geared towards parents.
Posted: July 6, 2010, 8:28 pm
This information is for environmental exposures. These constituents are present to some degree in all crude oil. Different types of oil, like light sweet crude oil, have different levels of these chemicals. If reported data indicate specific public health risks, CDC will develop and publish recommended steps to stop or reduce exposure. Additional constituents may be added to this list as needed.
Posted: July 2, 2010, 11:00 pm
CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognize the importance of anticipating, monitoring and responding to any potential public health hazards that may affect human health. Currently, 260 CDC and ATSDR staff members are involved in the response, including 20 staff members who are deployed to Gulf Coast states.
Posted: June 28, 2010, 4:00 pm
The specific recommendations provided in this Interim Guidance focus on issues specific to the Deepwater Horizon Response and do not address issues common to all disaster response work activities.
Posted: June 25, 2010, 11:00 pm
CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognize the importance of anticipating, monitoring and responding to any potential public health hazards that may affect human health. Currently, 242 CDC and ATSDR staff members are involved in the response, including 21 staff members who are deployed to Gulf Coast states.
Posted: June 25, 2010, 4:00 pm
CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognize the importance of anticipating, monitoring and responding to any potential public health hazards that may affect human health. Updated content includes categories "Surveillance for Health Threats", "Worker Safety" and "Data Analysis".
Posted: June 15, 2010, 6:30 pm
CDC, along with the affected Gulf Coast states, has developed a plan to track potential short-term health effects related to the oil spill. Surveillance systems track changes in the number and severity of illnesses and injuries in a population, alerting public health officials to trends that require further investigation.
Posted: June 11, 2010, 10:30 pm
CDC, along with the affected Gulf Coast states, has developed a plan to track potential short-term health effects related to the oil spill. Surveillance systems track changes in the number and severity of illnesses and injuries in a population, alerting public health officials to trends that require further investigation.
Posted: June 11, 2010, 10:30 pm
CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognize the importance of anticipating, monitoring and responding to any potential public health hazards that may affect human health.
Posted: June 7, 2010, 11:00 pm
Rabies: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
Posted: May 28, 2010, 7:00 pm
Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 23 - 29.
Posted: May 25, 2010, 9:00 pm
People can be exposed to hazardous substances related to the spill by breathing them (air), by swallowing them (food, water), or by touching them (skin).
Posted: May 21, 2010, 6:18 pm
Diphtheria: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
Posted: May 19, 2010, 5:00 pm
An explosion aboard the Deep Water Horizon sinks the drilling rig, causing oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico.
Posted: May 10, 2010, 11:48 pm
Malaria: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
Posted: April 23, 2010, 6:00 pm
The Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupts in Iceland creating floods in the area and producing high levels of volcanic ash prompting health concerns.
Posted: April 20, 2010, 3:30 pm
CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) has published Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) #CDC-RFA-TP10-1001: Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC). U.S. accredited Schools of Public Health are eligible to apply. FAQ are linked from the Training home page.
Posted: April 19, 2010, 8:30 pm
Coordinating Pediatric Medical Care During an Influenza Pandemic
Posted: April 13, 2010, 10:00 pm
Hospital 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Influenza Readiness Review Checklist
Posted: March 26, 2010, 10:15 pm
Tetanus and Neonatal Tetanus: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
Posted: March 17, 2010, 1:00 am
Diphtheria: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
Posted: March 17, 2010, 1:00 am
Leptospirosis: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
Posted: March 17, 2010, 1:00 am
Tuberculosis: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
Posted: March 17, 2010, 1:00 am
Product of a Pediatric Healthcare Response to Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Stakeholder Meeting
Posted: March 3, 2010, 5:00 pm
Acute Watery Diarrhea and Cholera: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
Posted: February 25, 2010, 11:00 pm
Meningococcal Disease: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
Posted: February 25, 2010, 11:00 pm
Malaria: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
Posted: February 25, 2010, 11:00 pm
Measles: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
Posted: February 25, 2010, 11:00 pm
Dengue: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
Posted: February 25, 2010, 11:00 pm
Bloody Diarrhea (Dysentery): Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
Posted: February 25, 2010, 11:00 pm
Typhoid and Paratyphoid: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
Posted: February 25, 2010, 11:00 pm
CDC is working with others in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), various branches of the U.S. military, and other federal and international agencies to help communities in Haiti recover from the powerful earthquake that struck the country on January 12, 2010. CDC's current response focuses on collaborating with national and international partners to meet urgent public health needs and establishing liaisons and coordination needed for successful, long range public health programs in response to the earthquake. As of February 23, 2010, 323 CDC staff are currently engaged in response activities, of these 23 CDC staff are deployed to Haiti and other response agencies.
Posted: February 23, 2010, 7:00 pm
Added link to CDC Podcast "Take Care of Yourself After an Amputation or Other Surgery".
Posted: February 18, 2010, 10:30 pm
Added link to CDC Podcast "Taking Care of Your New Arm or Leg After an Amputation".
Posted: February 18, 2010, 10:30 pm
Haitian Creole
Posted: February 10, 2010, 10:21 pm
French
Posted: February 10, 2010, 10:20 pm
Haitian Creole
Posted: February 10, 2010, 10:17 pm
French
Posted: February 10, 2010, 10:16 pm
Haitian
Posted: February 10, 2010, 10:15 pm
French
Posted: February 10, 2010, 10:14 pm
Haitian Creole
Posted: February 10, 2010, 10:11 pm
French
Posted: February 10, 2010, 10:09 pm
Health information for amputees in Haiti on taking care of yourself after an amputation or other surgeries.
Posted: February 10, 2010, 8:44 pm
Health information for amputees in Haiti on taking care of your new arm or leg after an amputation.
Posted: February 10, 2010, 8:44 pm
French
Posted: February 10, 2010, 7:12 pm
French
Posted: February 10, 2010, 7:10 pm
French
Posted: February 10, 2010, 7:08 pm
French
Posted: February 10, 2010, 7:04 pm
Haitian Creole
Posted: February 10, 2010, 7:02 pm
Haitian Creole
Posted: February 10, 2010, 7:00 pm
Haitian Creole
Posted: February 10, 2010, 6:57 pm
Haitian Creole
Posted: February 10, 2010, 6:53 pm
This new page includes mental health information for the public (in French, Haitian-Creole and English); information for health professionals including the most recent mental health advisory for professionals providing care for earthquake survivors; coping resources for first-responders; and general information on accessing mental health services in the U.S. by state.
Posted: February 10, 2010, 5:40 pm
The "Interim Recommendations for Initial Domestic Medical Screening of Haitian Orphan Parolees" document, provides medical screening recommendations for diseases of public health importance in orphaned children entering the United States from Haiti under humanitarian parole status.
Posted: February 3, 2010, 8:00 pm
This new page provides links that you can use for immediate action in regards to Emergency Wound Care after an Earthquake.
Posted: February 1, 2010, 6:00 pm
CDC is working with others in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), various branches of the U.S. military, and other federal and international agencies to help communities in Haiti recover from the powerful earthquake that struck the country on January 12, 2010. CDC's current response focuses on collaborating with national and international partners to meet urgent public health needs and establishing liaisons and coordination needed for successful, long range public health programs in response to the earthquake. As of January 30, 2010, 330 CDC staff are currently engaged in response activities, of these 24 CDC staff are deployed to Haiti and other response agencies.
Posted: January 31, 2010, 1:00 am
Updated information about thermal injuries including information on pre-hospital and hospital management and care.
Posted: January 29, 2010, 10:00 pm
CDC is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), various branches of the U.S. military, and other federal and international agencies to help communities in Haiti recover from the powerful earthquake that struck the country on January 12, 2010. CDC's current response focuses on collaborating with national and international partners to meet urgent public health needs and establishing liaisons and coordination needed for successful, long range public health programs in response to the earthquake. One hundred eighty-five CDC staff are currently involved in the response.
Posted: January 22, 2010, 1:30 am
Updated information about what causes landslides and debris flows and what you can do to protect yourself from the health threats that they cause.
Posted: January 21, 2010, 8:00 pm
Translations for French pages were added.
Posted: January 21, 2010, 6:00 pm
Translations for Haitian Creole pages were added.
Posted: January 21, 2010, 6:00 pm
CDC is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), various branches of the U.S. military, and other federal and international agencies to help communities in Haiti recover from the powerful earthquake that struck the country on January 12, 2010.
Posted: January 20, 2010, 1:00 am
CDC is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), various branches of the U.S. military, and other federal and international agencies to help communities in Haiti recover from the powerful earthquake that struck the country on January 12, 2010.
Posted: January 19, 2010, 1:00 am
This notice is to advise relief workers and other personnel traveling to Haiti to assist with the humanitarian response following the January 12 earthquake near Port-au-Prince. Conditions in the area remain hazardous, including extensive damage to buildings, roads, and other infrastructure.
Posted: January 16, 2010, 8:30 pm
These principles can assist with wound management and aid in the prevention of amputations. In the wake of a flood disaster resources are limited. Following these basic wound management steps can help prevent further medical problems.
Posted: January 15, 2010, 6:00 pm
The US Department of State has issued guidance to US residents in Haiti.
Posted: January 14, 2010, 6:00 pm
This notice is to advise relief workers and other personnel traveling to Haiti to assist with the humanitarian response following the January 12 earthquake near Port-au-Prince. Conditions in the area remain hazardous, including extensive damage to buildings, roads, and other infrastructure.
Posted: January 14, 2010, 6:00 pm
At this time, CDC recommends that U.S. travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Haiti.
Posted: January 14, 2010, 6:00 pm
Based on previous experience with disasters in Haiti and earthquakes in other countries, CDC has a general understanding of what the public health needs will be in Haiti following the January 12th earthquake. The following projections and recommendations take into account Haiti's socio-economic and demographic situation, and the health of its people prior to the earthquake.
Posted: January 14, 2010, 6:00 pm
Crush injury and crush syndrome may result from structural collapse during an earthquake. Crush injury is defined as compression of extremities or other parts of the body that causes muscle swelling and/or neurological disturbances in the affected areas of the body.
Posted: January 14, 2010, 6:00 pm
This notice provides advice specific to the needs of relief workers responding to disasters internationally or domestically.
Posted: January 14, 2010, 6:00 pm
New questions and answers on gastrointestinal (GI) anthrax
Posted: January 13, 2010, 2:16 pm
More updated questions and answers on Anthrax and Animal Hide Drums
Posted: January 6, 2010, 7:30 pm
Updated questions and answers for Anthrax and Animal Hide Drums. Know the facts. Stay safe!
Posted: December 31, 2009, 4:00 pm
The MedCon:Pre-Event has been designed to estimate the baseline medical care requirements (i.e., the number of persons that would require medical care) of a displaced population following a disaster due to pre-existing medical conditions. Users of MedCon:PreEvent should note that the MedCon:Pre-Event has not been designed for estimating the medical care requirements due to direct impact of the event (e.g., injuries and illness) or additional medical care requirements resulting from the aggravation of the existing medical condition. The intended users of the MedCon:Pre-Event model are public health preparedness planners at local, state, and federal levels involved in addressing the large scale medical care requirements resulting from man-made and natural disasters.
Posted: July 2, 2009, 10:35 pm
The VacStockpile has been designed to help planners and policy makers evaluate the potential health and cost impacts of stockpile decisions for each type of pediatric vaccine for an array of scenarios regarding possible vaccine shortages. The consequences of a vaccine shortage evaluated include potential doses of vaccine shortage, replenishment costs to replace stockpile doses that are used for shortages or discarded because of expiry of shelf life, and a number of potential health consequences (e.g., number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths) that may occur under various vaccine shortage scenarios. Although VacStockpile has been designed for use in the United States, it can be applied to other situations or locations where vaccine stockpiles are being maintained or considered.
Posted: July 2, 2009, 10:23 pm
An EUA online course developed by the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide public health officials, emergency managers, or Strategic National Stockpile coordinators with an introduction to the Emergency Use Authorization of medical products.
Posted: June 25, 2009, 10:30 pm
Get weekly hurricane health and safety tips from CDC by RSS. In addition to the weekly tips, CDC will also provide you important, timely tips relevant to storms making landfall throughout the season. (These tips also available by email, mobile phone text message, and Twitter.)
Posted: June 1, 2009, 9:30 pm
Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 24-30. If you live in coastal areas at risk, CDC encourages you to begin preparing yourself for hurricane season. CDC and other agencies offer many resources to help you stay safe and healthy throughout the 2009 season from June 1 through November 30.
Posted: May 29, 2009, 9:30 pm
CDC is investigating human cases of swine flu in the United States. Keep up with updates on the investigation and find out what you can do to protect yourself from getting sick by visiting the CDC Swine Flu website.
Posted: April 25, 2009, 1:48 am
May 7-8, 2009, Memphis, TN. This class is a big-picture overview of medical issues related to the earthquake threat in the New Madrid Seismic Zone. It was developed through the cooperation of CUSEC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The class is presented with the invaluable assistance of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The primary instructors are doctors with extensive backgrounds in emergency and disaster medicine. The class is intended for all medical personnel, including EMTs, paramedics, nurses, and doctors concerned with medical issues and operational concerns following an earthquake.
Posted: April 7, 2009, 11:24 pm
CDC has provided links on its Earthquake website to Red Cross, Red Crescent, and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) information about the April 6 earthquake in central Italy. CDC also encourages you to learn how you can take steps to protect your health and safety during and after an earthquake.
Posted: April 7, 2009, 11:06 pm
A downloadable graphic illustration of the procedure for performing a radiological survey with a handheld Geiger Mueller detector.
Posted: April 6, 2009, 6:11 pm
Flood PSAs for "Preventing Trench Foot or Immersion Foot" and "Identification and Treatment of Hypothermia Related to Exposure in Cold Water"
Posted: April 2, 2009, 5:19 pm
During a flood and its aftermath, know how protect your personal health and safety. In winter and early spring, it is especially important to understand the health threats associated with exposure to cold weather and cold water.
Posted: March 28, 2009, 7:49 pm
An 18 minute skills training video that demonstrates how to screen people for external contamination using a hand held Geiger Mueller Detector. The program is designed for individuals assigned to conduct mass screening for contamination from radioactive materials following a large scale incident. The program may be used as pre-incident training or intra-incident just in time training. Supplementary training material on utilization of ion chambers and alpha scintillation detectors is provided
Posted: March 20, 2009, 9:21 pm
Updated information on medications used to treat reactions to the smallpox vaccine.
Posted: March 18, 2009, 9:00 pm
New updates on smallpox questions and answers, including infection control and isolation of smallpox patients, and infection control issues for vaccinated healthcare workers.
Posted: March 17, 2009, 3:00 pm
New updates on smallpox vaccine questions and answers, including information on vaccination before and after exposure to smallpox, contraindications and screening, vaccination while pregnant or breastfeeding, and vaccine storage and distribution.
Posted: March 13, 2009, 8:06 pm
Key findings from the CDC report, Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening CDC’s Emergency Response. The key findings summarize FY 2007 TPER-funded public health preparedness accomplishments and priorities as CDC continues to strive toward its preparedness goal.
Posted: March 3, 2009, 3:53 pm
Now you can follow emergency.CDC.gov on Twitter. The CDCemergency Twitter feed provides frequent updates related to both preparedness for future emergencies and response to current emergencies.
Posted: March 2, 2009, 4:45 pm
Send a message to encourage others to take steps to prepare for winter storms and protect themselves from cold-related problems such as frostbite and hypothermia.
Posted: February 24, 2009, 3:03 pm
CDC has just launched RSS feeds for two of the most popular sections of the emergency.CDC.gov website: 1) Recent Outbreaks and Incidents, which provides information on selected public health emergency topics of recent public interest, ranging from Salmonella outbreaks to hurricanes to terrorism, and 2) Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA), which reaches out to the nation's clinicians with weekly updates and monthly conference calls.
Posted: February 20, 2009, 5:25 pm
This new webpage provides all-hazards resources intended for individuals at healthcare facilities tasked with ensuring that their facility is as prepared as possible for an emergency. The healthcare facilities targeted by this page include hospitals, long-term acute and chronic care facilities, outpatient clinics and urgent care facilities, physicians' offices, and pediatric offices and hospitals.
Posted: February 19, 2009, 4:36 pm
The level of seismic activity at Mount Redoubt Volcano, about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, has increased and an eruption is possible within days to weeks. Updated information on how to stay safe during and after a volcano eruption.
Posted: February 5, 2009, 9:21 pm
New updates on Anthrax Questions and Answers.
Posted: February 2, 2009, 8:18 pm
CDC's Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER) has released its inaugural report on CDC activities in public health emergency preparedness. The report, Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening CDC's Emergency Response, explains the key role CDC plays in preparing the public health infrastructure to respond effectively to all types of hazards, and provides an overview of the broad range of preparedness activities receiving Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (TPER) funding. CDC accomplishments in preparedness are described. The report also details how CDC is addressing challenges to achieve its overarching public health preparedness goal: People prepared for emerging health threats - people in all communities will be protected from infectious, occupational, environmental, and terrorist threats.
Posted: January 30, 2009, 5:53 pm
In order to make it easier for consumers to determine whether any of the peanut butter-containing products they have at home are subject to recall, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created and posted an expanded, searchable database that will be updated as new information becomes available. For information on products containing peanut butter from companies not reporting recalls, consumers may wish to consult the company's website or call the toll-free number listed on most packaging. Please note that information consumers may receive from the companies has not been verified by FDA.
Posted: January 22, 2009, 7:34 pm
The purpose of this document is to propose a recommendation for an appropriate time-interval for revaccination of public health and health care volunteers who were vaccinated as responders in the US Civilian Smallpox Preparedness and Response Program. This document addresses only the revaccination of public health and healthcare volunteers and does not address routine revaccination guidance for laboratory workers or primary vaccination of emergency responders.
Posted: January 14, 2009, 7:30 pm
CDC is pleased to announce the public launch of SNAPS: Snap Shots of State Population Data. SNAPS is a free service to the public that provides local-level community profile information nationwide. It can be browsed by county and state and searched by zip code. SNAPS serves as a valuable tool when responding to public health emergency events at the state, Tribal, and local levels. It provides a snap shot of key variables for consideration in guiding and tailoring health education and communication efforts to ensure diverse audiences receive critical public health messages that are accessible, understandable, and timely.
Posted: December 31, 2008, 9:30 pm
This one-page form allows public health personnel to quickly extract basic medical information from hospital and emergency medical services' records to advise officials on the immediate impact of the event and the potential need for special resources.
Posted: December 30, 2008, 3:30 pm
Find out about the many improvements to CDC's Emergency Preparedness and Response Web site.
Posted: December 16, 2008, 2:15 am
When winter temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can become a challenge. Extremely cold temperatures often accompany a winter storm. You may have to cope with power failures, icy roads, and other dangerous conditions.
Posted: December 16, 2008, 2:00 am
Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Know whether you are at risk and protect yourself.
Posted: October 17, 2008, 6:00 pm
News reports and the World Health Organization (WHO) state that tens of thousands of infants in China who consumed infant formula contaminated with melamine are suffering from urinary tract stones, kidney damage, and kidney failure.
Posted: October 7, 2008, 11:00 pm
Learn what you can do to be prepared before a hurricane, what to do during the storm, and how to stay safe in the aftermath.
Posted: September 10, 2008, 1:12 pm
Fact sheets for health care providers on the treatment of blast injuries.
Posted: August 21, 2008, 9:25 pm
New recommendations were published jointly this week in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) and the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal
Posted: August 7, 2008, 7:19 pm