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Category: infectious disease

Get to know a STOPper

  In honor of World Polio Day, the polio communications team sat down with the lead of the CDC Global Immunization Division’s STOP team Yinka Kerr for a little Q & A. Q: Yinka, how did you become involved in the global initiative to end polio? Yinka: I started in polio in 1997 when I Read More >

Posted on by Yinka Kerr, MSPH, STOP Team Lead, Global Immunization Division4 CommentsTags , ,

CDC Director: Why I don’t support a travel ban to combat Ebola outbreak

  This blog was originally posted on Fox News on October 9, 2014.   The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States has caused some to call on the United States to ban travel for anyone from the countries in West Africa facing the worst of the Ebola epidemic. That response is understandable. Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of CDC20 CommentsTags , , ,

Ebola Requires the World’s United Action

White House

This blog is cross-posted on the White House website. The nations of the world, along with key international organizations, gather at the White House today to advance a Global Health Security Agenda that will help keep the world safe from infectious disease threats. This meeting is a critical opportunity to increase international commitment and, more Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of CDC1 CommentTags , , , ,

What is Rabies?

3 dogs

                              Most people in the United States know rabies as a rare and terrifying disease, ending in almost certain death. However, it’s not usually something they think about, except when the reminder card arrives from their veterinarian that their pet needs Read More >

Posted on by Ryan M. Wallace, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2 CommentsTags , , , , , ,

What it’s REALLY like fighting Ebola in Liberia

A Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) staff member ties the face mask of Dr. Jordan Tappero, CDC, before Dr. Tappero enters the Ebola treatment unit (ETU), ELWA 3. MSF operates the ELWA 3 ETU, which opened on August 17.

  This blog was originally posted on the ONE.org on September 11, 2014.   During my time in Liberia, I have tried not to provide much detail to my family about the day-to-day work we are doing. I don’t want to cause alarm or propagate fear; conditions in Monrovia can at times be deeply troubling. Read More >

Posted on by Jordan W. Tappero, MD, MPH4 CommentsTags , , ,

The High Stakes in Fighting Ebola: Leave One Burning Ember and the Epidemic Could Re-Ignite

A banner encouraging people suffering from Ebola to go immediately to a health center for treatment is seen on a sidewalk in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. While the Ebola virus outbreak has now reached four countries, Liberia and Sierra Leone account for more than 60 percent of the deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The outbreak that emerged in March has claimed at least 932 lives. (AP Photo/Michael Duff)

  This blog was originally posted on the Huffington Post on August 7, 2014.   CDC and our partners are currently fighting the biggest and most complex outbreak of Ebola virus disease ever recorded. There are hundreds of cases in West Africa and now a new cluster of cases in Nigeria is very concerning. The Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of CDC3 CommentsTags , ,

CDC Scientist Fights Chikungunya

investigation in Comoros in 2005 --- the beginning of the outbreaks

One of the most telling signs of the complexity surrounding chikungunya is that educating people on pronouncing the name correctly is perhaps the easiest challenge. I’m exposed to that truth more than most.  And for the record, it’s pronounced chick-un-goon-ya. As a research microbiologist for CDC’s National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases, my Read More >

Posted on by Ann Powers, Ph.D., Research Microbiologist and Chief of the Alphavirus Laboratory in CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases3 Comments

World Cup serving as real-world test for new disease detection technology

World Cup soccer ball

    With the World Cup underway in all its frenzied glory, you can be forgiven for missing another major effort currently underway in Brazil that represents the first large scale, real-life, real-world test of important new technology. And no, it’s not the goal-line technology that’s being used for the first time at soccer’s biggest Read More >

Posted on by Ilanit Kateb, MBA, Public Health Advisor, CDC Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) Branch1 CommentTags , , , ,

Polio Eradication, Microplanning and GIS

A Bugagi child travels by camel near Lake Chad in Borno State, Nigeria. Photo courtesy of Thomas Moran/WHO.

Geospatial data have been used in public health since John Snow mapped cholera cases around the Broad Street water pump during the London cholera epidemic of 1854.  And, while global positioning system technologies (GPS) are so ubiquitous in the United States that virtually all new smartphones, tablets and cars have this technology embedded, in many Read More >

Posted on by Victoria Gammino, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist, CDC Global Immunization Division5 CommentsTags , , ,

CDC Staffers Take No Refuge From Helping Refugees Around the World

A child plays with a kite in a tent camp after the earthquake, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 2010.

  For anybody wondering why CDC has a branch dedicated to helping refugees or why the United Nations has formally recognized World Refugee Day every year since it was created in 2001, the answer can be found in a single, stark statistic: In 2013, a person became a new refugee or internally displaced person every Read More >

Posted on by Cyrus Shahpar, MD, MBA, MPH, Medical Epidemiologist, CDC Emergency Response and Recovery Branch; and Michelle Dynes, PhD, MPH, MSN, CNM, RN, EIS Officer/Epidemiologist, CDC Emergency Response and Recovery Branch1 CommentTags , , , , , , ,
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