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Category: National Center for Environmental Health

Staying Healthy on a Cruise

VSP about inspections

The Garcia family* just booked a cruise to celebrate the college graduation of their son Angelo, and they want to make sure to have the best time possible. Mom, Tricia, has booked excursions and is double-checking her packing list to ensure they have plenty of sunscreen and clothes for their activities. Tricia excitedly shared their Read More >

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Safer Well Water through Stronger Public Health Programs

Drinking water

In a county where 42% of the residents rely on drinking water from unregulated sources, primarily private wells, educating residents on protecting their drinking water sources is a big job. Such is the case in Gaston County, North Carolina, where arsenic, manganese, and E. coli and total coliform bacteria threaten to contaminate wells, compromising the Read More >

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Environmental Public Health Quiz

CDC’s Climate and Health Program celebrates 10 years

How much do you know about environmental health? Can your environment make you sick? You may immediately think of illnesses caused by exposure to harmful substances like lead or carbon monoxide. But have you considered environmental health threats like food-borne illnesses or loud noises? When you think about it, harmful exposures anywhere in your environment Read More >

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Meet Dr. Victor R. De Jesús, Chief of the Volatile Organic Compounds Laboratory at CDC

Photos courtesy of Dr. Víctor R. De Jesús

Personal History and Education Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Victor De Jesús moved to the mainland after high school to pursue an education in chemistry, landing in Wisconsin. The brutal winter proved too much for him, so he returned to Puerto Rico where he completed undergraduate studies in chemistry at the Universidad Interamericana Read More >

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CDC’s Climate and Health Program Celebrating 10 Years

CDC’s Climate and Health Program celebrates 10 years

CDC’s Climate and Health Program is celebrating 10 years of supporting state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies as they prepare for the continuing health impacts of a changing climate. Read More >

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CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program Celebrates 10 Years

1oth year Anniversary

CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program began with the idea that health and environmental problems are not always separate issues with unrelated solutions. Though the program began in 2002, the actual online Environmental Public Health Tracking Network launched in 2009. For the past 10 years, the Tracking Network has helped paint a clear picture of Read More >

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October is National Protect Your Hearing Month – #NPYHM

How Loud

Did you know that …? Repeated exposure to loud noise over the years can damage your hearing—long after exposure has stopped. This is just one of the many informative facts available on CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health’s new hearing loss website: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hearing_loss/default.html. Think you’re well aware of how to protect yourself? When it comes Read More >

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Twenty Years of the Laboratory Response Network

Jonas Perez, chemist, Division of Laboratory Sciences

  What do chemical spills, the opioid epidemic, Zika, and potential safety threats at the Super Bowl have in common? They are examples of public health emergencies that CDC and local and state laboratory partners prepared for and responded to during the last 20 years. Read More >

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Reducing Risk from Wildfire Smoke

Wildfire Smoke

Wildfires are increasing in size and frequency and are making headlines. Wildfires can start suddenly and spread rapidly. If you are not in immediate danger from the fire itself, you may still be in harm’s way because these fires create huge plumes of smoke, which can travel in unpredictable directions and distances. If that smoke Read More >

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To Stop and Prevent Food Outbreaks with Environmental Assessments

Businesspeople Working On Laptop In Boardroom

Jackie Jones*, a recent university graduate who majored in environmental health, just started a job as the new food safety specialist at Hillside County Health Department. Rick, her manager, seemed happy she was there. “We had a new policy come down from the state that said we had to conduct environmental assessments on all reported Read More >

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