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President Obama’s Call to Accelerate Battle Against Malaria Builds on Impressive Gains

A home in Zambia using a bed net to prevent mosquito bites and therefore prevent malaria transmission. Bed nets have been shown to reduce malaria illness, severe disease, and death due to malaria in regions where the disease persists.

Malaria is a public health issue that has always been one of our highest priorities. Tweet This President Obama’s call to arms to end malaria worldwide as announced during his recent State of the Union address and the Administration’s request to increase resources for malaria control, underscore the remarkable progress made in the fight against Read More >

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The challenge of global antibiotic policy: Improving access and preventing excess

Antibiotic resistance has been making headlines lately, and for good reason: the identification of new resistance genes, rising resistance rates and widespread public misunderstanding of the problem are all causes for concern about the growing proliferation of drug-resistant “superbugs.” But in many low- and middle-income countries, millions of people lack access to antibiotics and common Read More >

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CDC director: What we’re doing about the Zika virus

This blog was originally posted on CNN.com on February 1, 2016 (CNN) Vaccines and antibiotics have made many infectious diseases a thing of the past; we’ve come to expect that public health and modern science can conquer all microbes. But nature is a formidable adversary. And Zika is our newest threat, particularly to pregnant women. New, unfamiliar Read More >

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CDC Poised to Answer President Obama’s Call to End Malaria

In his State of the Union address January 12, President Obama issued an emphatic call to arms to end malaria worldwide. Here, at CDC, we know that attacking malaria and moving aggressively to eliminate a disease that killed 438,000 people last year worldwide is a goal worthy of its mention in the State of the Read More >

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Two Vaccines for One Polio-free World

Great fingermarks Mackenzie Andre Niger 2014

Polio was once considered one of the most frightening diseases in the world until a team led by Dr. Jonas Salk developed the first successful polio vaccine. World Polio Day, held every October 24 to celebrate Salk’s birthday, is an opportunity for everyone working to eradicate polio to renew their commitment to creating a polio-free Read More >

Posted on by Lee Hampton, MD, Medical Officer, Vaccine Introduction Team, Global Immunization Division6 CommentsTags , , , ,

September 28 is World Rabies Day

Rabies and rabies-like viruses are found in bats on every inhabited continent. CDC teams work to train local capacity on methods of assessing wildlife for zoonotic pathogens. These include not just virus detection, but also on practices to stay safe. (Vietnam)

Rabies! It is one of the most feared diseases in the world, and for good reason. Rabies has a fatality rate of nearly 100%, and it causes the most human deaths of any zoonotic disease, that is, diseases which can be spread between animals and humans. Each year, an estimated 59,000 people die from rabies Read More >

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Wipe out polio in Africa for good

Great drops L Esapa

This blog was originally posted on CNN.com on August 21, 2015 This week, we detailed in a report with cautious optimism that polio will be gone not only in Nigeria but in all of Africa. Only a few years ago, Nigeria was Africa’s last outpost of polio and seemed to be losing the battle against Read More >

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Mabinty Tarawally — 1-1-7 Hotline Responder

Mabinty Tarawally answers calls at the 117 Call Center in Freetown Sierra Leone.

Mabinty Tarawally has worked as a 1-1-7 Call Center responder for almost a year. When she began, the national call center consisted of seven people who handled 100 calls a day in a small room at the World Health Organization’s Sierra Leone country office. Tarawally joined the 1-1-7 Call Center in September 2014, and has Read More >

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Hard But Fulfilling Work in the Fight Against Ebola

The fruit bat dropped silently from the delivery room ceiling and quickly crawled away as the nurse explained how she mixed the 0.5% chlorine solution used to sterilize the medical instruments. It was a normal day of assessing the infection prevention and control (IPC) procedures of peripheral health units (PHUs) in the rural areas of Read More >

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Working collaboratively to support Ebola response efforts in Sierra Leone

CDC’s FETP partnerships with African nations continue to be leveraged beyond their national borders and for new and unexpected health threats. Dr. Bao-Ping’s blog posted originally on March 31 is being highlighted again as a reminder of how FETPs support global as well as individual nation’s health security. In late November 2014, during the peak Read More >

Posted on by Bao-Ping Zhu, MD, PhD, MS, CDC Epidemiologist and Uganda FETP Resident Advisor1 CommentTags , , , , ,
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