Tropical Weather Outlook
NHC Atlantic Outlook : The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th.
NHC Eastern Pacific Outlook : The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15th through November 30th.
LOCAL WEATHER
Milton, Florida Weather :: 60F FOG : 60F FOG
Forecast for Today : Mostly sunny. Areas of dense fog early in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s. North winds around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Forecast for Tonight : Partly cloudy. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Forecast for Thursday : Mostly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s inland. In the mid 70s along the coast. South winds around 5 mph becoming 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Forecast for Thursday Night : Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph becoming 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
Forecast for Friday : Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs around 80 inland. In the mid 70s along the coast. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph becoming 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Forecast for Friday Night : Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s.
Weather Warning : Dense Fog Advisory In Effect Until 9 Am Cdt This Morning
LOCAL FORCAST
Milton, Florida Weather :: 60F FOG : 60F FOG
Forecast for Today : Mostly sunny. Areas of dense fog early in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s. North winds around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Forecast for Tonight : Partly cloudy. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Forecast for Thursday : Mostly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s inland. In the mid 70s along the coast. South winds around 5 mph becoming 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Forecast for Thursday Night : Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph becoming 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
Forecast for Friday : Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs around 80 inland. In the mid 70s along the coast. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph becoming 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Forecast for Friday Night : Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s.
Weather Warning : Dense Fog Advisory In Effect Until 9 Am Cdt This Morning

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NHC Atlantic Outlook : The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th.
NHC Eastern Pacific Outlook : The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15th through November 30th.

FEMA: THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS
SPC - No watches are valid as of Wed Apr 23 02:15:01 UTC 2014 : No watches are valid as of Wed Apr 23 02:15:01 UTC 2014.

LIBRARY FEED
Preschool Story Time @ your library® (Gulf Breeze) : When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Where: Gulf Breeze Library at Gulf Breeze Meeting Room

Stories, finger plays, and action rhymes for 3-5 year olds who are able to attend without a caregiver.

Preschool Story Time @ your library® (Milton) : When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Where: Milton Library at Milton Meeting Room

Stories, finger plays, and action rhymes for 3-5 year olds who are able to attend without a caregiver.

Hospice Hour @ your library® (Navarre) : When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Meeting Room

A series of hospice programs will be presented at the Navarre Library on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Daina Skinner R.N., BSN, of Emerald Coast Hospice will be the presenter.
Genealogy Research Assistance @ your library® (Navarre) : When: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Library

Library volunteers are available to give general genealogy research guidance; one-on-one assistance in using online genealogy resources for family researchers; and assistance in filling out ancestral charts and family group records. Beginners and seasoned researchers are invited to use these services.
Preschool Story Time @ your library® (Pace) : When: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Pace Library at Pace Library

Stories, finger plays, and action rhymes for 3-5 year olds who are able to attend without a caregiver.

Hopeful Hearts Bereavement Support Group @ your library®(Navarre) : When: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Study Room B

A series of meetings for "Hopeful Hearts," a bereavement support group, will be held at the Navarre Library on Fridays from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. The weekly sessions will address grief support--following an educational outline-- and offer assistance, love and listening ears to those grieving over the loss of a loved one. The meetings will be facilitated by Jennifer Gilbert, MSW of Emerald Coast Hospice. All materials will be provided, refreshments will be served, and no reservation is required. There is no charge to participate.
Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library Book Sale : When: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Gulf Breeze Library at Gulf Breeze Meeting Room

The Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library will hold a book sale Friday and Saturday in the meeting room of the library. A variety of books will be available. This event is free and open to the public. Support your local Friends group!

Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library Book Sale : When: Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Gulf Breeze Library at Gulf Breeze Meeting Room

The Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library will hold a book sale Friday and Saturday in the meeting room of the library. A variety of books will be available. This event is free and open to the public. Support your local Friends group!

Preservation Week @ your library® : When: Sunday, April 27, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

Preservation Week: Pass It On ~~
Stop by the library to see displays that will show you how to care for library materials.
Preservation Week @ your library® : When: Monday, April 28, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

Preservation Week: Pass It On ~~
Stop by the library to see displays that will show you how to care for library materials.
Genealogy Research Assistance @ your library® (Milton) : When: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Milton Library at Milton Library

Library volunteers are available to give general genealogy research guidance; one-on-one assistance in using online genealogy resources for family researchers; and assistance in filling out ancestral charts and family group records. Beginners and seasoned researchers are invited to use these services.
Preservation Week @ your library® : When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

Preservation Week: Pass It On ~~
Stop by the library to see displays that will show you how to care for library materials.
Preservation Week @ your library® : When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

Preservation Week: Pass It On ~~
Stop by the library to see displays that will show you how to care for library materials.
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Preservation Week @ your library® : When: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

Preservation Week: Pass It On ~~
Stop by the library to see displays that will show you how to care for library materials.
Genealogy Research Assistance @ your library® (Navarre) : When: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Library

Library volunteers are available to give general genealogy research guidance; one-on-one assistance in using online genealogy resources for family researchers; and assistance in filling out ancestral charts and family group records. Beginners and seasoned researchers are invited to use these services.
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Friday, May 02, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Preservation Week @ your library® : When: Friday, May 02, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

Preservation Week: Pass It On ~~
Stop by the library to see displays that will show you how to care for library materials.
Hopeful Hearts Bereavement Support Group @ your library®(Navarre) : When: Friday, May 02, 2014 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Study Room B

A series of meetings for "Hopeful Hearts," a bereavement support group, will be held at the Navarre Library on Fridays from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. The weekly sessions will address grief support--following an educational outline-- and offer assistance, love and listening ears to those grieving over the loss of a loved one. The meetings will be facilitated by Jennifer Gilbert, MSW of Emerald Coast Hospice. All materials will be provided, refreshments will be served, and no reservation is required. There is no charge to participate.
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Saturday, May 03, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Preservation Week @ your library® : When: Saturday, May 03, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

Preservation Week: Pass It On ~~
Stop by the library to see displays that will show you how to care for library materials.
Tablet/E-Reader Workshop @ your library®(Navarre)(Register Online) : When: Saturday, May 03, 2014 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Library

Do you own a new tablet or e-reader? Are you confused about what your digital device can do or how to use it? If so, this workshop is for you. You may bring any tablet/E-Reader Device (I-Pad, Nook, Kindle, etc). See a staff member for details. Participation is limited to the first 18 who register online.
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Sunday, May 04, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Monday, May 05, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Genealogy Research Assistance @ your library® (Milton) : When: Monday, May 05, 2014 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Milton Library at Milton Library

Library volunteers are available to give general genealogy research guidance; one-on-one assistance in using online genealogy resources for family researchers; and assistance in filling out ancestral charts and family group records. Beginners and seasoned researchers are invited to use these services.
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Thursday, May 08, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Genealogy Research Assistance @ your library® (Navarre) : When: Thursday, May 08, 2014 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Library

Library volunteers are available to give general genealogy research guidance; one-on-one assistance in using online genealogy resources for family researchers; and assistance in filling out ancestral charts and family group records. Beginners and seasoned researchers are invited to use these services.
Friends of the Milton Library Board Meeting : When: Thursday, May 08, 2014 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: Milton Library at Milton Meeting Room

Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of every other month beginning in January at 1:00 p.m. at the Milton Library with the annual membership meeting held each December.
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Friday, May 09, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Hopeful Hearts Bereavement Support Group @ your library®(Navarre) : When: Friday, May 09, 2014 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Study Room B

A series of meetings for "Hopeful Hearts," a bereavement support group, will be held at the Navarre Library on Fridays from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. The weekly sessions will address grief support--following an educational outline-- and offer assistance, love and listening ears to those grieving over the loss of a loved one. The meetings will be facilitated by Jennifer Gilbert, MSW of Emerald Coast Hospice. All materials will be provided, refreshments will be served, and no reservation is required. There is no charge to participate.
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Reading Education Assistance Dogs @ your library® (Pace) : When: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Pace Library at Pace Library

Come, Sit, Stay & R.E.A.D. with a Furry Friend in the Pace Library Once a Month. Signup in the Library and supervision are required. Contact Pace Library for more information.
Keeping a Healthy Hive @ your library® (Milton) : When: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Milton Library at Milton Meeting Room

Doug Corbin, the state bee inspector, will discuss the habits and lifestyles of bees, beekeeping and hive health. Bring your curiosity and your questions. Observe bees in a plexiglass case.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Milton Library
5541 Alabama Street Milton FL
This program is free to the public and registration is not required.

Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Sunday, May 11, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Monday, May 12, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Children's Book Week @ your library® : When: Monday, May 12, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

Celebrate Children's Book Week @ your library®
Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. This week is dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children.
Genealogy Research Assistance @ your library® (Milton) : When: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Milton Library at Milton Library

Library volunteers are available to give general genealogy research guidance; one-on-one assistance in using online genealogy resources for family researchers; and assistance in filling out ancestral charts and family group records. Beginners and seasoned researchers are invited to use these services.
Friends of the Navarre Library Monthly Meeting : When: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Meeting Room

The Friends of the Navarre Library will hold their monthly meeting in the Navarre Library meeting room from 10am - noon.
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Children's Book Week @ your library® : When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

Celebrate Children's Book Week @ your library®
Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. This week is dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children.
Classic Movie Program @ your library® (Navarre) : When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Library

Who could ask for anything more? You don’t have to parlez français or even have rhythm to enjoy this month’s classic movie. Join fellow movie lovers on the second Tuesday of every month at the Navarre Library located at 8484 James M. Harvell Rd. in Navarre for a showing of a classic movie. Each program is open to the public and there is no charge or prior registration required. Come with a friend or come meet a new friend! Contact the Navarre Library for additional information.
Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library Board of Director's Meeting : When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Gulf Breeze Library at Gulf Breeze Meeting Room

The Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library will hold their monthly FOGBL Board of Director's Meeting in the meeting room at the Gulf Breeze Library.
Friends of the Pace Library Board Meeting : When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Pace Library at Pace Library

Board meetings are held at the Pace Library at 5:30 PM on the second Tuesday of every other month beginning with January. The annual meeting is held in March.
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Children's Book Week @ your library® : When: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

Celebrate Children's Book Week @ your library®
Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. This week is dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children.
Reading Education Assistance READ Dogs @ your library® (Navarre) : When: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Meeting Room

Come, Sit, Stay & R.E.A.D. with a Furry Friend in the Navarre Library once a month. Signup in the library and supervision are required. Contact Navarre Library for more information.
Coffee Talk @ your library® (Gulf Breeze) : When: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Gulf Breeze Library at Gulf Breeze Study Room

This month participants are each choosing a favorite title by Mary Roach and discussing her as an author. The Nonfiction Book Club meets at the Gulf Breeze Library study room on the 2nd Wednesday of every other month. Speak with a staff member for details. Please call the library or drop by to sign up and speak to a staff member today about reserving your copy! The Gulf Breeze Library is located at1060 Shoreline Dr. in Gulf Breeze.
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Children's Book Week @ your library® : When: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

Celebrate Children's Book Week @ your library®
Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. This week is dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children.
Genealogy Research Assistance @ your library® (Navarre) : When: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Library

Library volunteers are available to give general genealogy research guidance; one-on-one assistance in using online genealogy resources for family researchers; and assistance in filling out ancestral charts and family group records. Beginners and seasoned researchers are invited to use these services.
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Friday, May 16, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Children's Book Week @ your library® : When: Friday, May 16, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

Celebrate Children's Book Week @ your library®
Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. This week is dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children.
Local Artists and Authors @ your library® (Navarre) : When: Friday, May 16, 2014 - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Library

Local artists and authors will be staged throughout the library, sharing their talents, signing books and discussing their works. Some of the participants will have items available for purchase. Enjoy free refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Navarre Library. We are honored to feature these local talents.
Hopeful Hearts Bereavement Support Group @ your library®(Navarre) : When: Friday, May 16, 2014 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Study Room B

A series of meetings for "Hopeful Hearts," a bereavement support group, will be held at the Navarre Library on Fridays from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. The weekly sessions will address grief support--following an educational outline-- and offer assistance, love and listening ears to those grieving over the loss of a loved one. The meetings will be facilitated by Jennifer Gilbert, MSW of Emerald Coast Hospice. All materials will be provided, refreshments will be served, and no reservation is required. There is no charge to participate.
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Saturday, May 17, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Children's Book Week @ your library® : When: Saturday, May 17, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

Celebrate Children's Book Week @ your library®
Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. This week is dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children.
Container Gardening @ Your Library (Pace) : When: Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where: Pace Library at Pace Library

Bring a chair or picnic blanket and join us on the back lawn. Master Gardener Eva Anderson will share tips about Florida gardening.
Saturday, May 17
9:30— 10:30

Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Sunday, May 18, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Children's Book Week @ your library® : When: Sunday, May 18, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

Celebrate Children's Book Week @ your library®
Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. This week is dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children.
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Monday, May 19, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Genealogy Research Assistance @ your library® (Milton) : When: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Milton Library at Milton Library

Library volunteers are available to give general genealogy research guidance; one-on-one assistance in using online genealogy resources for family researchers; and assistance in filling out ancestral charts and family group records. Beginners and seasoned researchers are invited to use these services.
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Brown Bag Lunch Series @ your library® (Navarre) : When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Meeting Room

You bring your lunch and we’ll provide an exciting presentation from the county extension office’s Master Gardeners’ Speakers’ Bureau. The topic will be Florida Friendly Gardening. Gardening offers many benefits including fresh air, sunshine, exercise, enjoyment, mental therapy. Although Florida’s climate is famously hot and humid, a variety of plants can be grown year-round in Florida if attention is paid to the appropriate planting dates. The program will include a question and answer session. The brown bag lunch program is held the third Wednesday of each month at noon at the Navarre Library located at 8484 James M. Harvell Rd. in Navarre. The program is free and open to the public.
Get Caught Reading Month @ your library® : When: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - All Day
Where: Santa Rosa County Library System

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Come on in and Get Caught Reading @ your library®!
Genealogy Research Assistance @ your library® (Navarre) : When: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Navarre Library at Navarre Library

Library volunteers are available to give general genealogy research guidance; one-on-one assistance in using online genealogy resources for family researchers; and assistance in filling out ancestral charts and family group records. Beginners and seasoned researchers are invited to use these services.

CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for April 21, 2014 - Learn how to prevent CO poisoning. : 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.
New: Public Health Matters Blog - Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for April 10, 2014 - Always follow local safety instructions during floods. : Pay attention to flood watches and warnings. Follow local safety instructions and take steps to protect you and your family.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: March 24 - April 7, 2014 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for April 7, 2014
Upcoming COCA Call/Webinar: Tickborne Diseases: A Springtime Review of Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 2PM (ET) : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for March 31, 2014 - Be Prepared : Do you have flood insurance? Call an insurance agent to ask about flood insurance.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: March 10 - March 24, 2014 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for March 24, 2014
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for March 24, 2014 - Prepare for Tsunamis : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Flood Safety Awareness Week 2014 : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for March 17, 2014 - Turn Around, Don't Drown! : 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.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: February 24 - March 10, 2014 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for March 10, 2014
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Rabies Scare Leads to Quick Public Health Action : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for March 10, 2014 - Are you ready for spring severe weather? : 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.
NEW: Tornadoes Information in Spanish (Tornados) : Added a new collection of tornado preparedness information in Spanish.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - l'heure du spectacle: Film-based monkeypox outreach in the Democratic Republic of Congo : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for March 3, 2014 - Be prepared for all natural disasters. : Winter weather is coming to an end. Take steps now to be prepared for all natural disasters.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - The Key to Community Preparedness: Pharmacists : Find out who the key player in community preparedness is based on new research from Emory University's Preparedness and Response Research Center.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: February 10 - February 24, 2014 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for February 24, 2014
NEW: Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in Spanish (Anuncios de servicio público) : Created a collection of disaster-related PSAs in Spanish.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for February 24, 2014 - Do you have questions about winter weather? : Visit our winter weather FAQs to learn about hypothermia, frostbite, wind chill and more.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Giving Students First Hand Experience : 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.
UPDATED: Winter Weather Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in Spanish (Anuncios de servicio público sobre el invierno) : Updated the collection of Winter Weather PSAs in Spanish including newly translated scripts and audio resources.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for February 10, 2014 - Returning home after a winter storm? : Follow these tips to stay safe while cleaning up after a disaster.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Keeping Tabs on Deadly Diseases : 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.
UPDATE: 2014 West Virginia Chemical Release : 2014 West Virginia Chemical Release
NEW: 2013-2014 National Preparedness Snapshot : 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.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: January 13 - January 27, 2014 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for January 27, 2014
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for February 3, 2014 - Avoid Electrocution Risks : 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.
UPDATE: Emergency Preparedness and You : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Lessons from Atlanta : Atlanta's thawing out, but what can we learn from this weeks snow disaster? Find out our top 5 lessons learned.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for January 27, 2014 - Avoid Frostbite : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Coming (Back) to America? What 2013 Can Teach Us About Dengue in the United States : 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"?
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for January 22, 2014 - Learn How to Recognize Hypothermia : 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.
Upcoming COCA Call/Webinar: 2013-2014 Influenza Season: Updates and Recommendations for Clinicians - Thursday, January 23 at 2PM (ET) : 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.
NEW: 2014 West Virginia Chemical Release : 2014 West Virginia Chemical Release
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 360 : Human Infection with Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus
NEW: COCA Email Updates: December 30, 2013 - January 13, 2014 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for January 13, 2014
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for January 13, 2014 - Take care of your Pets During Winter Weather : 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.
NEW: Winter Weather Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in Spanish : Four Winter Weather Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in Spanish including audio files for downloading.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for January 6, 2014 - Be Safe With Chainsaws : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for December 30, 2013 - Avoid CO Poisoning : 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.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 359 : Notice to Clinicians: Early Reports of pH1N1-Associated Illnesses for the 2013-14 Influenza Season
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Do 1 Thing: First Aid : 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!
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for December 23, 2013 - Are you traveling for the holidays? : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for December 16, 2013 - Get Prepared! : 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.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 358 : Notice to Public Health Officials and Clinicians: Recognizing, Managing, and Reporting Chikungunya Virus Infections in Travelers Returning from the Caribbean
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Outbreak of Meningitis Causing Health Officials to Look Overseas for Help : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for December 9, 2013 - Want to help keep people safe and healthy this winter? : Grab the Winter Weather widget for your website to share health and safety information from the CDC.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Winter is Coming... Be Ready : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for December 2, 2013 - Are You Prepared for Winter Weather? : 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.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 357 : 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
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Do 1 Thing: Emergency Supplies : How's your emergency supply? Learn what you need to prepare in our lasted post, part of the Do 1 Thing blog series.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for November 25, 2013 - Be Prepared for All Natural Disasters : The 2013 Hurricane Season ends on November 30. Take steps to be prepared for all natural disasters!
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Flu Fighting Facts: How to stay healthy this flu season : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for November 18, 2013 - Clean Up and Prevent Mold Growth : After a hurricane, if the building is stable, you can open doors and windows to help dry out the building.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Typhoon Haiyan: A look at public health’s role in disaster recovery : CDC's thoughts are with those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Our latest blog post considers the role of public health following a major disaster.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for November 12, 2013 - Hand Washing is Part of Hurricane Safety Too : Wash hands before handling food and whenever you stop working. Make sure you use a safe water source for washing.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for November 04, 2013 - Be Safe After a Disaster : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Do 1 Thing: Power : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for October 28, 2013 - Cleaning Up After a Disaster : Stay safe when cleaning up after a disaster. Make sure you have the right protective gear for the job.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - American Blackout : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Just One Breath: How Voices of Valley Fever Were Heard Coast to Coast : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for October 21, 2013 - Power Outages : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for October 17, 2013 - Never Ignore an Evacuation Order : 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.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 356 : Acute Hepatitis and Liver Failure Following the Use of a Dietary Supplement Intended for Weight Loss or Muscle Building
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for October 4, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for September 30, 2013 - Check Your First Aid Kit : 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!
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Do 1 Thing: Be Informed : 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.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: September 9-23, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for September 23, 2013
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for September 23, 2013 - Emergency Food Supplies : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for September 16, 2013 - Learn How to Properly Store Water During an Emergency : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Helping Children Cope With a Disaster : 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.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: August 26 - September 9, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for September 9, 2013
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for September 9, 2013 - Cleaning up after an Emergency? : Cleaning and sanitizing your home after a hurricane or emergency is important to help prevent the spread of illness and disease.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for September 6, 2013 : 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.
NEW: 2013 Hurricane Health and Safety Tips - September 5, 2013 - Prepare for Power Outages : Have a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio available to receive official instructions and updates from local authorities if the power goes out.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #355 : Recurrent Nationwide Shortage of Tuberculin Skin Test Antigen Solutions: CDC Recommendations for Patient Care and Public Health Practice
UPDATE: 2013 Cyclosporiasis Investigation : Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Dobbins Air Reserve Base: Hurricane Katrina : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for September 3, 2013 -Emergency Food Supplies : Some kinds of foods are better than others for emergency food supplies. Learn more about what to put in your emergency food supply.
UPDATE: 2013 Cyclosporiasis Investigation : Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for August 30, 2013 : 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.
NEW: 2013 Cyclosporiasis Investigation information now available in Spanish. : Added select information in Spanish from 2013 Cyclosporiasis Investigation (Investigacion de un brote de ciclosporosis en los Estados Unidos)
NEW: 2013 Hurricane Health and Safety Tips - August 29, 2013 - Prepare Your Home Before a Hurricane : Make plans in advance to secure your home. Protect your windows by installing hurricane shutters or board up windows with plywood.
UPDATE: 2013 Cyclosporiasis Investigation - Laboratory Guidance : Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
UPDATE: 2013 Cyclosporiasis Investigation : Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Do 1 Thing: Get Involved : Get involved and help make your community more disaster resilient!
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for August 26, 2013 - Create an Emergency Water Supply : 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.
UPDATE: 2013 Cyclosporiasis Investigation : Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: August 12 to 26, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for August 26, 2013
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #354 : Investigational Drug Available Directly from CDC for the Treatment of Free-Living Ameba Infections
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for August 23, 2013 : 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.
UPDATE: 2013 Cyclosporiasis Investigation : Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
UPDATE: 2013 Cyclosporiasis Investigation : Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
NEW: 2013 Hurricane Health and Safety Tips - August 22, 2013 - Stay Safe During Hurricane Clean-up : 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.
UPDATE: 2013 Cyclosporiasis Investigation : Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
UPDATE: 2013 Cyclosporiasis Investigation : Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for August 19, 2013 - Be prepared for a Disaster : Keep at least a 3 day supply of nonperishable food and clean drinking water for each household member, including pets.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for August 16, 2013 : 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.
UPDATE: 2013 Cyclosporiasis Investigation : Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
NEW: Redesigned "Investigation of an Outbreak of Cyclosporiasis in the United States" website is now live. : Investigation of an Outbreak of Cyclosporiasis in the United States website
NEW: 2013 Hurricane Health and Safety Tips - August 15, 2013 - Disinfecting Water : Learn how to correctly boil or disinfect water when hurricanes make the tap water unsafe.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - On the Scene: Wildfire Communication in Colorado : Do you know how to get in touch with your family in an emergency?Have you programmed your ICE numbers?
UPDATE: 2013 Cyclosporiasis Investigation : Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: July 29 - August 12, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for August 12, 2013
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #353 : Nationwide Voluntary Recall of All Products for Sterile Use from Compounding Pharmacy located in Cedar Park, Texas
UPDATE: 2013 Cyclosporiasis Investigation : Updated information related to CDC's participation in the 2013 Multistate Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigation.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #352 : 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)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for August 12, 2013 - Prepare Your Home : Check your home for hazards before an emergency. Know how to safely turn off water, electricity, and gas if you need to.
UPDATE: CDCs Polio Eradication Efforts for August 9, 2013 : 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.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: 2013 Hurricane Health and Safety Tips - August 8, 2013 -Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Evacukids : 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.
Upcoming COCA Call: Improving the Health of Children and Adults through Vaccines: Updates and Recommendations for Clinicians - Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM (ET) : 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.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) Online Training Course : Educational offering to provide a recommended health monitoring and surveillance framework.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for August 5, 2013 - Stay healthy and safe during a Wildfire : Protect yourself from smoke.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for August 2, 2013 : 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.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Do 1 Thing: Family Communication Plan : Do you know how to get in touch with your family in an emergency?Have you programmed your ICE numbers?
NEW: 2013 Hurricane Health and Safety Tips - August 1, 2013 - When in Doubt, Throw it Out! : 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.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: COCA Email Updates: July 15 - July 29, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for July 29, 2013
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for July 29, 2013 - Keep Food Safe : During a power outage, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. More tips on food safety here.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - One new case and one new death reported. : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for July 26, 2013 : 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.
NEW: WHO travel advice for pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia : New travel notice: WHO travel advice for pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia
NEW: 2013 Hurricane Health and Safety Tips - July 25, 2013 - Returning Home After a Disaster : There are often many hazards in a hurricane-damaged home. Learn how to stay safe when it's time to return home.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Beat the Heat: Infographic : Summer is here and so are extreme temperatures. Get the facts on how to beat the heat with CDC's new infographic.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - No New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for July 22, 2013 - Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones During a Wildfire : Get tips to stay safe and healthy if you are exposed to smoke from a wildfire.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for July 19, 2013 : 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.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - 6 New Cases Reported : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - The Reality of Outbreak Investigations: Dengue in Angola : 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.
NEW: 2013 Hurricane Health and Safety Tips - July 18, 2013 - Be Prepared : Inform local authorities about your special needs before a hurricane strikes.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - Two new cases reported. : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Upcoming COCA Call: Understanding the Public's Response to a Possible Scenario Involving Inhalation Anthrax - Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM (ET) : 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.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: July 1 - July 15, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for July 15, 2013
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Animal Rescue: Caring for Animals During Emergencies : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for July 15, 2013 - Be Prepared for an Emergency : Learn about your community's emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - NO NEW CASES TODAY : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - NO NEW CASES TODAY : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: 2013 Hurricane Health and Safety Tips - July 10, 2013 - Make a Plan : By completing a disaster plan in advance, you can help ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared for hurricanes and other emergencies.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - NO NEW CASES TODAY : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Upcoming COCA Call: Prevention and Treatment of Injuries Following Hurricanes and Tornadoes - Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM (ET) : 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.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for July 8, 2013 - Stay Healthy During and After a Wildfire : 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.
NEW: WHO guidelines for investigation of MERS-CoV cases : New guidelines: WHO guidelines for investigation of MERS-CoV cases
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #351 : Variant Influenza Virus (H3N2v) Infections
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - NO NEW CASES TODAY : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for July 5, 2013 : 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.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Emergency Preparedness for Families with Special Needs : 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.
NEW: 2013 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - July 3, 2013 - Prepare Your Car for Hurricane Season : Traveling this holiday? Now is a good time to make sure your car is ready for an emergency.
NEW: Redesigned MERS Web Site Available Now : A new version of the MERS Web site is now available with improved organization and navigation.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - NO NEW CASES TODAY : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - NO NEW CASES TODAY : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Emergency Health & Safety Tip for July 1, 2013 - Do you live in a Wildfire Prone Area? : Learn how to protect your health during a wildfire with these tips:
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - NO NEW CASES TODAY : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for June 28, 2013 : 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.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - NO NEW CASES TODAY : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: 2013 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - June 27, 2013 - Keep Important Documents in A Safe Place : Keep important papers together in a safe place. Take them with you if you need to evacuate.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - NO NEW CASES TODAY : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Emergency Health & Safety Tip for June 24, 2013 - Keeping Food Safe : During a power outage, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. More tips on food safety here.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for June 21, 2013 : 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.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #350 : Recommendations for Laboratory Testing for Acetyl Fentanyl and Patient Evaluation and Treatment for Overdose with Synthetic Opioids
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - NO NEW CASES TODAY : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: 2013 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - June 20, 2013 - Be Prepared for an Emergency : Learn about your community's emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - NO NEW CASES TODAY : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths - NO NEW CASES TODAY : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Coping with Disasters : 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.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: June 3 - June 17, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for June 17, 2013
NEW: Emergency Health & Safety Tip for June 17, 2013 - Stay Healthy During and After a Wildfire : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for June 14, 2013 : 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.
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: 2013 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - June 13, 2013 - Have a Hurricane Evacuation Plan : 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.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #349 : Nationwide Shortage of Doxycycline: Resources for Providers and Recommendations for Patient Care
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
UPDATE: MERS Cases and Deaths : Updated cases and deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Emergency Health & Safety Tip for June 10, 2013 - Record Personal Belongings : Be prepared in case you need to file an insurance claim. Keep video, photo, or written records of your belongings.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #348 : Notice to Health Care Providers: Updated Guidelines for Evaluation of Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #347 : Human Infections with Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Viruses
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for June 7, 2013 : 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.
NEW: 2013 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - June 6, 2013 - Check Your Disaster Kit : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health & Safety Tip for June 3, 2013 - Are You Prepared for a Wildfire? : Check out our infographic for tips to stay safe and healthy during wildfire season.
Upcoming COCA Call: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV): Information and Guidance for Clinicians - Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM (ET) : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for May 31, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Hurricane Sandy: What Have We Learned? : 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.
NEW: 2013 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 26 - June 1, 2013 : Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for May 24, 2013 : 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.
UPDATE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Shipping Instructions for Specimens Collected from People Who May Have Been Exposed to Chemical-Terrorism Agents : Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Shipping Instructions for Specimens Collected from People Who May Have Been Exposed to Chemical-Terrorism Agents
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - The Next Monopoly? What "Pandemic" teaches us about public health : 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.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: May 6 - May 20, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for May 20, 2013
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Do 1 Thing: Work, School, and Community : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health & Safety Tip for May 20, 2013 - Make a List of Important Info : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for May 17, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health & Safety Tip for May 13, 2013 - Make a Plan : Complete a disaster plan in advance to help prepare you and your loved ones for emergencies and natural disasters.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for May 10, 2013 : 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.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: April 22 - May 6, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for May 6, 2013
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - From CDC to ABC: H7N9 from Hong Kong : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health & Safety Tip for May 6, 2013 - How to Clean Your Storm Cleanup Clothes : Wash all clothes worn during a flood cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for May 3, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - How do we balance being credible with rapidly sharing important health information during an outbreak? : An outbreak of salmonella in 2012 had Oregon public health officials considering this question.
NEW: Emergency Health & Safety Tip for April 29, 2013 - Avoid Electrocution When Using a Generator to Power Your Home : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for April 26, 2013 : 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.
UPDATED: Ricin Information for Laboratories : Ricin Information for Laboratories.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Do 1 Thing: Food : 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?
UPDATED: Ricin or Abrin Poisoning - Toxic Syndrome Description : Ricin or Abrin Poisoning - Toxic Syndrome Description
NEW: COCA Email Updates: April 8 - April 22, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for April 22, 2013
UPDATED: Laboratory Testing for Ricin - Fact Sheet : Laboratory Testing for Ricin - Fact Sheet
UPDATED: Ricin: Diagnosis & Laboratory Guidance for Clinicians : Ricin: Diagnosis & Laboratory Guidance for Clinicians
UPDATED: CDC's Laboratory Response to Suspicious Substances : CDC's Laboratory Response to Suspicious Substances
UPDATED: Ricin Information for Health Professionals : Ricin Information for Health Professionals
UPDATED: Case Definition: Ricin Inhalation : Case Definition: Ricin Inhalation
UPDATED: Case Definition: Ricin Ingestion : Case Definition: Ricin Ingestion
NEW: Emergency Health & Safety Tip for April 22, 2013 - Prevent CO Poisoning : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for April 19, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #346 : Resources Available for Local and State Public Health Officials: Preparing for and Responding to Bombing Events
UPDATED: Facts About Ricin : Learn more about this substance in the news.
Upcoming COCA Call: CDC Update for Clinicians on Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus - Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM (ET) : 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
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Plague Inc. : 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.
NEW: Emergency Health & Safety Tip for April 15, 2013 - When in Doubt, Throw it Out! : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for April 12, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #345 : Nationwide Shortage of Tuberculin Skin Test Antigens: CDC Recommendations for Patient Care and Public Health Practice
NEW: Emergency Health & Safety Tip for April 8, 2013 - Follow Local Instructions as Flood Waters Rise : Pay attention to flood watches and warnings. Follow local safety instructions and take steps to protect you and your family.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: March 25 - April 8, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for April 8, 2013
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for April 5, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #344 : Human Infections with Novel Influenza A (H7N9) Viruses
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Emergency Kit Cook-Off: A Dash of Planning... Pinch of Preparedness... a World of Difference : Love to cook? Check out the Emergency Kit CookOff, a nationwide challenge that puts your creativity and emergency food supply to the test.
NEW: Emergency Health & Safety Tip for April 1, 2013 - Be Prepared : Do you have flood insurance? Call an insurance agent to ask about flood insurance.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for March 29, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Solving a Communication Gap with Partners in Preparedness : 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.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: March 11 - March 25, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for March 25, 2013
NEW: Emergency Health & Safety Tip for March 25, 2013 - Prepare for Tsunamis : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for March 22, 2013 : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for March 15, 2013 : 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.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: February 25 - March 11, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for March 11, 2013
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Advancing a City's Resilience, One Neighborhood at a Time : This San Francisco neighborhood is working to build community resilience, preparing itself to be able to respond to any disaster or unexpected situation.
Upcoming CDC Clinical Call: Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis and Other Infections: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 5pm (ET) : "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"
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for March 8, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #343 : Notice to Health Care Providers: Updated Guidelines for Evaluation of Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with a Novel Coronavirus
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Do 1 Thing March: Sheltering : 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?
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #342 : Notice to Clinicians: Continued Vigilance Urged for Fungal Infections among Patients Who Received Contaminated Steroid Injections
UPDATED: Communicating in the First Hours and Primeras Horas Have Been Refreshed : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for March 1, 2013 : 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.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: February 11 - February 25, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for February 25, 2013
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Memories of Superstorm Sandy : Find out what a Long Island couple learned about preparedness thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
NEW: Winter Weather Health & Safety Tip for Feb. 25, 2013 - Do you Have Questions about Winter Weather? : Visit our winter weather FAQs to learn about hypothermia, frostbite, wind chill and more.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for February 22, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Do 1 Thing February: Water : 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.
NEW: Winter Weather Health & Safety Tip for Feb. 19, 2013 - Returning Home After a Winter Storm? : Follow these tips to stay safe while cleaning up after a disaster.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for February 15, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - From the Field: The New England Blizzard of 2013 : 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.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: January 28 - February 11, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for February 11, 2013
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #341 : New Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Warrant Additional Action by Healthcare Providers
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Public Art with Preparedness at Heart: The Evacuspot : 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.
Upcoming COCA Call for Feb 12, 2013 : Upcoming COCA Call for Feb 12, 2013: Emergency Preparedness: Understanding Physicians' Concerns and Readiness to Respond
NEW: Winter Weather Health & Safety Tip for Feb. 11, 2013 - Avoid Electrocution Risks : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Over 2.7 Million to Participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut : 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.
NEW: Winter Weather Health & Safety Tip for Feb. 4, 2013 - Avoid Frostbite : Dress for the weather, especially if you have poor circulation.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for February 1, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Extreme Weather, Extreme Outbreaks, and Extreme Science-based Preparedness and Response : 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.
Upcoming COCA Webinar: Evaluating and Responding to Chemical Emergencies: The Role of Poison Control Centers and Public Health Labs: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 2:00 PM (ET) : 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
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #340 : Recommendations for Drug Allocation, Tuberculosis Prevention, and Patient Care During Isoniazid Shortages
NEW: Winter Weather Health & Safety Tip for Jan. 28, 2013 - Learn How to Recognize Hypothermia : Did you know that hypothermia can occur even at cool temperatures above 40 degrees farenheit if a person becomes chilled?
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for January 25, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Be Ready! Winter Weather Infographic : Be Ready! Winter Weather Infographic
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Extreme Weather, Extreme Outbreaks, and Extreme Science-based Preparedness and Response : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Special Needs and Tornadoes: A Joplin Story : 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.
NEW: Winter Weather Health & Safety Tip for Jan. 22, 2013 - Make Arrangements for Your Pets During Winter Weather : If you cannot bring pets inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure that they have access to unfrozen water.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for January 18, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) - HAN #339 Notice to Clinicians: Summary of CDC Recommendations for Influenza Antiviral Medications : Health Concerns about Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bug Control Notice to Clinicians: Summary of CDC Recommendations for Influenza Antiviral Medications
Upcoming CDC Webinar: Stopping Norovirus in its Tracks - What Every Clinician Should Know: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 2:00 PM (ET) : 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
NEW: COCA Email Updates: December 31, 2012 - January 14, 2013 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for January 14, 2013.
NEW: Winter Weather Health & Safety Tip for Jan. 14, 2013 - Be Safe With Chainsaws : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for January 11, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Grand Rounds: People with Disabilities and Public Health : On December 18, 2012, CDC hosted a Public Health Grand Rounds promoting opportunities for the best quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
UPDATE: Winter Weather Health & Safety Tip for Jan. 7, 2013 - Avoid CO Poisoning : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for January 4, 2013 : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Do 1 Thing in 2013 : 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.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: December 17 - December 31, 2012 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for December 31, 2012
UPDATE: Winter Weather Health & Safety Tip for Dec. 31, 2012 - Reach out with a Winter Weather E-card : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for December 21, 2012 : 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.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #338 : Update: Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Infections among Persons Who Received Injections with Contaminated Medication
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Public Health Spotlight: Matt McDaniel : 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.
UPDATE: Winter Weather Health & Safety Tip for Dec. 17, 2012 : 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.
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Dec 17, 2012.
NEW: COCA Email Updates: December 3 - 17, 2012 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) updates
NEW: 2012 Winter Weather Health & Safety Tip widget : 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.
NEW: 2012 Winter Weather Health & Safety Tips - Prepare for Winter Weather : Make a list and check it twice! Download your winter weather checklist.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) - HAN #337 Update: Additional Contamination Identified in Medical Products from New England Compounding Center : Update: Additional Contamination Identified in Medical Products from New England Compounding Center
UPDATED: Winter Weather Web Site : Learn to prepare and be safe and healthy when winter weather or extreme cold arrives.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Project Wildfire: A Community Approach to Surviving Wildfires : 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.
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Dec 3, 2012.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for November 30, 2012 : 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.
UPDATED: What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly : Added important information about the dangers of gasoline siphoning.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) - HAN #336 Health Concerns about Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bug Control : Health Concerns about Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bug Control
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Dragon*Con 2012 - From a Noob Perspective : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts for November 23, 2012 : 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.
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Nov 26, 2012.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Be Prepared for All Natural Disasters : The 2012 Hurricane Season ends on November 30th. Take steps to be prepared for all natural disasters!
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) - Update: Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis and Other Infections Associated with Contaminated Steroid Medication : Update: Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis and Other Infections Associated with Contaminated Steroid Medication
NEW: COCA Email Updates: November 5 - November 19, 2012 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for November 19, 2012
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Nov 19, 2012.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Stay Safe After a Disaster : Stay away from damaged buildings or structures until they have been examined and certified as safe by a building inspector or other government authority.
NEW: Children's Preparedness website : Parents, teachers, doctors and nurses are just some of the people who can help children get ready for and cope with disasters.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: How to Apply Your 5k Training to a Disease Outbreak : 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
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Nov 14, 2012.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Clean Up and Prevent Mold Growth : After a hurricane, if the building is stable, open doors and windows to dry the building.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
UPDATE: Rodent Control After a Disaster :
UPDATE: Questions and Answers About Immunization Recommendations Following a Disaster :
UPDATE: Interim Immunization Recommendations for Individuals Displaced by a Disaster :
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Nov 7, 2012.
NEW: COCA Clinical Reminder: October 15, 2012 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Clinical Reminder: October 15, 2012
UPDATE: Clinician Guidance : Added new link to Medscape Commentary: Clinician Guidance for Fungal Meningitis
UPDATE: Patient Guidance - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : New links for information for patients.
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Nov 5, 2012.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Nov 2, 2012.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) - Contamination Identified in Additional Medical Products from New England Compounding Center :
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) - CDC Disaster Epidemiology Resources for Hurricane Sandy Response :
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) - Voluntary Recall of All Ameridose Medical Products :
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Nov 1, 2012.
NEW: Laboratory Testing and Results from the Outbreak webpage : New Laboratory Testing and Results from the Outbreak webpage available for the Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation website
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 31, 2012.
NEW: Public Service Announcements Related to Floods : View the collection of flood-related PSAs and Podcasts.
NEW: Receive Hurricane Sandy updates via Text or Social Media : Received important storm health updates.
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 30, 2012.
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 29, 2012.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning : Always use portable generators, camp stoves, barbecue and charcoal grills outside and away from windows, doors, and vents to prevent deadly CO poisoning.
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 27, 2012.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) - Cluster of Cases of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) Associated with Intravenous Nonmedical Use of Opana ER : Cluster of Cases of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) Associated with Intravenous Nonmedical Use of Opana ER
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 26, 2012.
UPDATE: Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) website - Clinician Resources : Addition of links related to the Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation under Resources for Clinicians
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 25, 2012.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Outbreak Investigation: Meningitis : 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.
UPDATE: Case Definitions for Meningitis and Septic Arthritis : Updated Case Definitions for Meningitis and Septic Arthritis
UPDATED: Definitions for Infections under Investigation in Patients Exposed to NECC Products Other than the 3 Contaminated Lots of Methylprednisolone Acetate : Infections under Investigation in Patients Exposed to NECC Products Other than the 3 Contaminated Lots of Methylprednisolone Acetate
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 24, 2012.
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) - Issuance of Updated Guidance on Management of Asymptomatic Patients Who Received Epidural or Paraspinal Injections with Contaminated Steroid Products : Issuance of Updated Guidance on Management of Asymptomatic Patients Who Received Epidural or Paraspinal Injections with Contaminated Steroid Products
NEW: COCA Email Updates: October 8 - October 22, 2012 : Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) updates
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 23, 2012.
UPDATED: Interim Treatment Guidance for Central Nervous System (CNS) and Parameningeal Infections Associated with Injection of Contaminated Steroid Products : Outlined updated information and guidance.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Power Outages 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.
NEW: What Should Patients Do? - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Guidance for patients.
UPDATED: Frequently Asked Questions for Patients - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Frequently asked questions and answers for patients.
UPDATED: Current Situation - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Updated information regarding FDA Expanded Facilities List.
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 22, 2012.
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 21, 2012.
UPDATE: Clinician Guidance : Added Selected Publications section and links to photos and footage related to CDC's Digital Press Kit.
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections for Oct 20, 2012.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
UPDATE: Clinician Guidance : Added an image of Cladosporium.
UPDATE: Case Counts - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections
UPDATE: Current Case Count - Multi-State Meningitis Outbreak : Updated case counts for October 19, 2012.
UPDATE: Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) October 16 Conference Call : Added conference call materials to the call webpage.
UPDATE: Clinician Guidance : Added images of Exserohilum and Aspergillus.
UPDATE: Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Healthcare Facilities : Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Healthcare Facilities
UPDATE: Current Situation - CDC Responds to Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak : Current Situation - CDC Responds to Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
UPDATE: Current Case Count - Multi-State Meningitis Outbreak : Updated case counts for October 18, 2012.
UPDATE: Current Case Count - Multi-State Meningitis Outbreak : Updated case counts for October 17, 2012.
UPDATE: Case Definitions for Meningitis and Septic Arthritis : Case Definitions for Meningitis and Septic Arthritis
NEW: Diagnostic Testing for Septic Arthritis and Specimen Submission to CDC - Outbreak Associated with Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products : Diagnostic Testing for Septic Arthritis and Specimen Submission to CDC - Outbreak Associated with Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
UPDATE: Current Case Count - Multi-State Meningitis Outbreak : Updated case counts for October 16, 2012.
UPDATE: Clinician Guidance - added link to FDA Statement on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak and Advice to Physicians : Added a link to FDA Statement on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak and Advice to Physicians
UPDATE: What Should Physicians Be Doing? : Added a link to FDA Statement on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak and Advice to Physicians
Update: Interim Treatment Guidance for Central Nervous System (CNS) and/or Parameningeal Infections Associated with Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products : Added an additional link for FDA information on Voriconazole IV availability in the "For additional information on antifungal drugs" section
UPDATE: Current Situation - Multi-State Meningitis Outbreak : Updated Current Situation.
UPDATE: Clinician Guidance - Meningitis Outbreak Investigation : Clinician Guidance has been updated.
UPDATED: Frequently Asked Questions for Clinicians : UPDATED: Frequently Asked Questions for Clinicians
NEW: Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation Update: Information and Guidance for Clinicians : Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation Update: Information and Guidance for Clinicians
UPDATE: Current Case Count - Multi-State Meningitis Outbreak : Updated case counts for October 15, 2012.
UPDATED: Frequently Asked Questions for Clinicians : UPDATED: Frequently Asked Questions for Clinicians
NEW: What Should Physicians Be Doing? : NEW: What Should Physicians Be Doing?
UPDATED: Role of Antifungal Prophylaxis in Asymptomatic Patients : UPDATED: Role of Antifungal Prophylaxis in Asymptomatic Patients
NEW: Interim Treatment Guidance for Central Nervous System (CNS) and/or Parameningeal Infections Associated with Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products : NEW: Interim Treatment Guidance for Central Nervous System (CNS) and/or Parameningeal Infections Associated with Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
NEW: Interim Treatment Options for Septic Arthritis Associated With Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products : NEW: Interim Treatment Options for Septic Arthritis Associated With Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
NEW: Interim Guidance for Management of Asymptomatic Persons Exposed to Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products : NEW: Interim Guidance for Management of Asymptomatic Persons Exposed to Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
UPDATED: Instructions for Clinicians Regarding Diagnostic Testing and Specimen Shipping for Central Nervous System and Parameningeal Infections : UPDATED: Instructions for Clinicians Regarding Diagnostic Testing and Specimen Shipping for Central Nervous System and Parameningeal Infections
UPDATE: Current Case Count - Multi-State Meningitis Outbreak : Updated case counts for October 14, 2012.
UPDATE: Current Case Count - Multi-State Meningitis Outbreak : Updated case counts for October 13, 2012.
UPDATE: New Digital Press Kit to Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation Home Page : Added new Digital Press Kit to Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation home page.
UPDATE: Case Definitions for Meningitis and Septic Arthritis : Updated case definition information.
UPDATE: Current Case Count - Multi-State Meningitis Outbreak : Updated case counts for October 12, 2012.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: The Early Years of Life Set the Stage for Life-long Mental Health : 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).
UPDATE: Instructions for Clinical Teams Regarding Diagnostic Testing and Specimen Submission to CDC - Outbreak Associated With Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products : Instructions for Clinical Teams Regarding Diagnostic Testing and Specimen Submission to CDC - Outbreak Associated With Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
UPDATE: Current Situation - Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation : Updated Current Situation bullets.
UPDATE: Current Case Count - Multi-State Meningitis Outbreak : Updated case counts for October 11, 2012.
UPDATE: Current Situation - Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation : Updated Current Situation bullets.
UPDATE: Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation : Added image of Exserohilum rostratum.
UPDATE: Current Case Count - Multi-State Meningitis Outbreak : Updated case counts for October 10, 2012.
UPDATE: Case Definitions for Meningitis and Septic Arthritis : Updated case definition information.
UPDATE: Frequently Asked Questions For Patients: Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation : Updated with additional questions and answers.
NEW: Spanish version of Frequently Asked Questions For Patients: Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation : Added a Spanish version of Frequently Asked Questions For Patients: Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation.
NEW: Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Update : COCA Email Updates: September 24 - October 8, 2012
UPDATE: Role of Antifungal Prophylaxis in Asymptomatic Patients : 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.
UPDATE: Meningitis Outbreak Investigation : Related links for specific audiences were added to the Meningitis Outbreak Investigation home page.
Upcoming COCA Call - Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation: Information and Guidance for Clinicians (OCT 10) 2:00 - 3:00pm EST : 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.
UPDATE: Meningitis Outbreak Investigation : Current Situation section has been updated.
UPDATE: Clinician Guidance - Meningitis Outbreak Investigation : Clinician Guidance has been updated.
UPDATE: Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) website - Clinician Resources : Addition of new link to CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) - Multistate Outbreak of Meningitis and Stroke Associated with Potentially Contaminated Steroid Medication
UPDATE: Multi-State Meningitis Outbreak - Current Case Count : Persons with Meningitis Linked to Epidural Steroid Injections, by State
UPDATE: Role of Antifungal Prophylaxis in Asymptomatic Patients : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Securing Your Home During A Hurricane : Make plans in advance to secure your home. Protect your windows by installing hurricane shutters or board up windows with plywood.
UPDATE: Map of Healthcare Facilities which Received Three Lots of Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) Recalled from New England Compounding Center on September 26, 2012 : Added the following information: All vials of Methylprednisolone Acetate that were sent to Nevada were recalled prior to use.
UPDATE: Instructions for Clinical Teams Regarding Diagnostic Testing and Specimen Submission to CDC - Outbreak Associated With Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products : Instructions for Clinical Teams Regarding Diagnostic Testing and Specimen Submission to CDC - utbreak Associated With Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
New: CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) - Multistate Outbreak of Meningitis and Stroke Associated with Potentially Contaminated Steroid Medication : 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.
NEW: Frequently Asked Questions for Patients : FAQs for Patients: Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation
UPDATE: Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation : 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.
UPDATE: Multi-State Meningitis Outbreak - Current Case Count : Persons with Meningitis Linked to Epidural Steroid Injections, by State
NEW: Instructions for Clinical Teams Regarding Diagnostic Testing and Specimen Submission to CDC - Outbreak Associated With Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products : Instructions for Clinical Teams Regarding Diagnostic Testing and Specimen Submission to CDC - Outbreak Associated With Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
NEW: Case Definitions: Multistate Outbreak Associated with Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products : Case Definitions: Multistate Outbreak Associated with Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products
NEW: Frequently Asked Questions: Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation : Frequently Asked Questions: Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation
NEW: Role of Antifungal Prophylaxis in Asymptomatic Patients : Role of Antifungal Prophylaxis in Asymptomatic Patients
NEW: Lumbar Puncture in Asymptomatic Patients : Lumbar Puncture in Asymptomatic Patients
NEW: Interim Treatment Guidance for Central Nervous System and/or Parameningeal Infections Associated with Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products : 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.
UPDATE: Multi-State Meningitis Outbreak - Current Case Count : Persons with Meningitis Linked to Epidural Steroid Injections, by State
NEW: Map of Healthcare Facilities which Received Lots of Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) Recalled from New England Compounding Center on September 26, 2012 : List of Healthcare Facilities which Received Lots of Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) Recalled from New England Compounding Center on September 26, 2012
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
UPDATE: Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation : 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.
New: CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) - Meningitis and Stroke Associated with Potentially Contaminated Product : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Inventory Your First Aid Kit : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: National Preparedness Month: A Spotlight on Children : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Disease Detection: Laboratories on the front lines : 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.
Upcoming COCA Call - Influenza Prevention and Control for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (SEP 27) 2:00 - 3:00pm EST : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Emergency Food Supplies : Know what kinds of foods are better to keep in your emergency food supply.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Volunteering Throughout the Disaster Cycle: Insights from the Medical Reserve Corps : 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.
Upcoming COCA Call - Principles of Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction (SEP 18) 2:00 - 3:00pm EST : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Is Your Family Ready? : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Sanitizing After an Emergency : Cleaning and sanitizing your home after a hurricane or emergency is important to help prevent the spread of illness and disease.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Emergencies and the Elderly: taking care of older adults during a disaster : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips -Food & Water Supply During an Emergency : Be prepared and have at least a 3 day supply of nonperishable food and clean drinking water.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
New: CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) - Notice to Health Care Providers: Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Cases Associated with Staying in Yosemite National Park, California : 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.
Upcoming COCA Call - West Nile Virus: Information and Guidance for Clinicians (AUG 30) 2:00 - 3:00pm EST : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Tune In For Local Information : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: The Hidden Dangers of Getting Inked : 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?"
Upcoming COCA Call - Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (AUG 21) 2:00 - 3:00pm EST : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning : Always use portable generators, camp stoves, barbecue and charcoal grills outside and away from windows, doors, and vents to prevent deadly CO poisoning.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: West Nile Virus: Recent Surge in Cases Sparks Concern in Texas : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - When in Doubt, Throw it Out! : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Getting Prepared, the College Years : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Returning Home After a Disaster : There are often many hazards in a hurricane-damaged home. Learn how to stay safe when it's time to return home.
New: CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) - Increase in Influenza A H3N2v Virus Infections in Three U.S. States : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Disaster Recovery - India in the Dark: A Call For Preparedness : Power outages and traffic jams are not unusual for India. But never before has half the country lost power all at once.
UPDATE: COCA Email Updates: July 16 - July 30, 2012 : COCA Email Update: July 16 - July 30, 2012
NEW: COCA Conference Call - Methadone for Pain Management: The Clinician's Role in Reducing the Risk for Overdose, August 1, 2:00 to 3:00pm (EST) : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Conduct A Hazard Inspection at Home : Check your home for hazards before an emergency. Know how to safely turn off water, electric, and gas if you need to.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Startling Facts You Should Know About Disaster Preparedness : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Talk to Authorities Before A Hurricane Strikes : Be prepared, inform local authorities about your special needs before a hurricane strikes.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: COCA Partnerships - Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE) is a new COCA Partner : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Know Your Community's Emergency Plans : Before the hurricane comes, learn about your community's emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Disaster Recovery - An Emotional Response : 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.
UPDATE: Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) Toolkit Update : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Hurricane Preparedness: Make a Plan : By completing a disaster plan in advance, you can ensure that you and your family are prepared for hurricanes and other emergencies.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Prepare Your Car for Hurricane Season : Traveling this holiday? Now is a good time to make sure your car is ready for an emergency.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Make Arrangements for Your Pets During a Hurricane : Pet-friendly shelters or hotels may not be available during an emergency, so make alternate housing arrangements for your pets in advance.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Tune in for Local Information : During hurricane season, tune in to the radio or television for hurricane information about your area. Follow the advice of state & local authorities.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Pertussis: A known villain. Are you protected? : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Have a Plan to Evacuate : 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.
NEW: Multistate Outbreak of Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli O145 Infections : 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.
UPDATE: CDC's Polio Eradication Efforts : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Inventory Your Disaster Kit : 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.
NEW: 2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season? : The 2012 Hurricane Season starts June 1st. Are you ready?
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease: A Mother's Perspective : 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.
UPDATE: The Laboratory Response Network - Presentation: Overview of LRN : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Zombies Turning 1: Zombie Nation : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Money Well Spent: Public Health Dollars Save Lives : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog: Testing...1,2,3: How Does CDC Respond to Anthrax? : 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.
New: Helmet and Tornado Statement : 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.
Public Health Matters Blog: Be a Force of Nature : 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.
Public Health Matters Blog: Traveling to the Olympics this summer? Be careful what you bring back : 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.
Public Health Matters Blog: Meta-Leadership: Closing Preparedness Gaps to Safeguard America : 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.
Public Health Matters Blog: Creating and Strengthening Community-Based Disaster Coalitions : 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."
Public Health Matters Blog: Vaccines: Test Your Knowledge : Questions and answers about vaccines.
Update: The Laboratory Response Network : 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.
Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults : Information, tools, and resources to assist in multi-sector planning for older adults in all-hazard emergencies.
Public Health Matters Blog: Run for Your Lives : 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.
New: Preparedness Resources for Schools : 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.
Tornadoes: Being Prepared : 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.
New: Blast Preparedness and Response Training and Continuing Education : 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.
Update: Blast and Bombing Injuries : 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.
Public Health Matters Blog: The Great Flood of 2011, Thailand: A Firsthand Account : 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.
New: CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) - CDC Recommendations for Influenza Antiviral Medications Remain Unchanged : 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.
Public Health Matters Blog: HANDI - A Handy App for Public Health : 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.
NEW: Winter Weather Cool Tip of the Week - Hypothermia : 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.
NEW: CDC Situation Awareness - CDC Polio Response : Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines.
NEW: CDC Ramps up Support for Final Push in Global Polio Eradication Effort : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - New Year's Resolution: Be Ready : New Year's Resolution: Be Ready
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Real-life Contagion: Part 2 : Ticket for Two - Real-life Contagion: Part 2 - by Tyler M. Sharp, PhD
NEW: Winter Weather Cool Tip of the Week - Protect Infants During the Winter : 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.
NEW: CDC Polio website : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Ticket for Two - International travel during pregnancy : Ticket for Two - International travel during pregnancy - by Stacie Dunkle
NEW: Winter Weather Cool Tip of the Week - Stay Warm This Winter : 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.
NEW: CDC Situation Awareness - Foodborne Outbreak Syndication : CDC Situation Awareness - Foodborne Outbreak Syndication
UPDATE: Tetanus Prevention After a Disaster : New message on the administering Tdap during pregnancy.
UPDATE: Hurricane Health and Safety Tip - 2011 Hurricane Season End : Be Prepared For All Natural Disasters
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Winter Weather Preparedness Means More than Just Grabbing Your Coat : Winter Weather Preparedness Means More than Just Grabbing Your Coat - by Ali S. Khan
UPDATE: Hurricane Health and Safety Tip - Chainsaw Safety After a Hurricane : 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.
UPDATE: Hurricane Health and Safety Tip - Indoor Safety After a Hurricane : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Don't Feed The Animals : Don't Feed The Animals - by Ali S. Khan
UPDATE: Hurricane Health and Safety Tip - Power Outages 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.
UPDATE: Hurricane Health and Safety Tip - Securing Your Home During A Hurricane : Make plans in advance to secure your home. Protect your windows by installing storm shutters or board up windows with plywood.
UPDATE: CDC Earthquakes website : In MOST situations, you will reduce your chance of injury from falling objects (and even building collapse) if you immediately: Drop! Cover! Hold On!
UPDATE: Hurricane Health and Safety Tip - Clean up Supplies You Will Need After a Hurricane : 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.
UPDATE: COCA Email Updates: September 12 - October 11, 2011 : COCA Email Updates: September 12 - October 11, 2011
NEW: "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic" Novella : 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.
UPDATE: Hurricane Health and Safety Tip - Learn How to Shut Off Utilities before a Hurricane Hits : If the power goes out, turn off major appliances to reduce power surge when electricity is restored.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Dragon*Khan : DragonKhan. - by Blog Administrator
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Wildfires: What YOU Need to Know. : Wildfires: What YOU Need to Know. - by Blog Administrator
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - A Time to Remember : A Time to Remember - by Captain Tracee Treadwell
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Ten Years Later, What's Changed? : Tornado Survivors Battle Deadly Fungus Outbreak - by Ali S. Khan
UPDATE: CDC Responds to Hurricane 2011 Season : 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.
UPDATE: Keep Food and Water Safe After a Disaster or Emergency : 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.
UPDATE: CDC Responds to Hurricane 2011 Season : 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.
NEW: CDC Responds to Hurricane 2011 Season : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Tornado Survivors Battle Deadly Fungus Outbreak : Tornado Survivors Battle Deadly Fungus Outbreak - by Ali S. Khan
NEW: Version 2.0 of Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Borders, Budgets, and the Rising Risk of Disease : Borders, Budgets, and the Rising Risk of Disease - by Ali S. Khan
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - When Preparedness Hits Home : Vampire Diaries: When Preparedness Hits Home - by Cyndi Rilling
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Vampire Diaries: Getting Back to My Roots Through a Deadly Outbreak : Vampire Diaries: Getting Back to My Roots Through a Deadly Outbreak - by Lizette Durand
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Killer Strain: Anthrax : Killer Strain: Anthrax - by Ali S. Khan
First there were Zombies; then came Hurricanes! : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog post : Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse - by Ali S. Khan
Facebook page for Emergency Preparedness and Response : 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.
NEW: Japanese Translation of "Radiation Dictionary". : A - Z dictionary glossary.
NEW: Japanese Translation of "Radiation Emergencies" homepage. : Radiation Emergencies homepage.
NEW: Japanese Translation of "Radiation and Pregnancy: A Fact Sheet for the Public". : 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.
NEW: Japanese Translation of "Measuring Radiation". : 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.
NEW: Japanese Translation of "Radioactive Contamination and Radiation Exposure". : 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.
NEW: Japanese Translation of "Evacuation in a Radiation Emergency". : 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).
NEW: Japanese Translation of "Shelter-in-Place in a Radiation Emergency". : 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.”
NEW: Japanese Translation of "Frequently Asked Questions about a Radiation Emergency". : 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.
NEW: Japanese Translation of "Radiation and Potassium Iodide (KI)". : 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.
NEW: Japanese Translation of "Protecting Yourself and Your Family". : 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.
NEW: Japanese Translation of "Tsunamis: Sanitation and Hygiene". : 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.
NEW: Japanese Translation of "Food Safety After a Tsunami". : 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.
NEW: 12 New Japanese Translation Documents Are Now Available! : 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/.
NEW: Frequently Asked Questions About Iodine-131 Found in Milk : 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.
NEW: CDC Social Media for 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami :
UPDATE: Frequently Asked Questions about a Radiation Emergency : 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.
UPDATE: Shelter-in-Place in a Radiation Emergency : 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.”
UPDATE: Population Monitoring After a Release of Radioactive Material : 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.
UPDATE: Radiation and Pregnancy: A Fact Sheet for the Public : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog post : The JIC Never Sleeps - by Clarice Conley
NEW: Spanish translation of "Radiation and Potassium Iodide (KI)" for the 2011 Japan Earthquake/Tsunami. : 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.
NEW: Spanish translation of "FACT SHEET: Prussian blue". : Prussian blue can remove certain radioactive materials from people’s bodies, but must be taken under the guidance of a doctor.
NEW: Spanish translation of "Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS): A Fact Sheet for the Public". : 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.
NEW: Spanish translation of "Frequently Asked Questions about a Radiation Emergency". : 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.
NEW: CDC Situation Awareness Maps – 2011 Japan Earthquake : 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).
NEW: Radiation and Potassium Iodide (KI) : 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.
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog post : Haiti Cholera Response: Stories from the Field, Part 3 - by Molly McCollom
NEW:CDC/ATSDR Guidance on the Interpretation and Use of Blood Laboratory Analyses for Volatile Organic Compounds : CDC/ATSDR Guidance on the Interpretation and Use of Blood Laboratory Analyses for Volatile Organic Compounds
NEW: Community Fact Sheet: Volatile Organic Compounds and Your Health : 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
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog post : Battling Disease Outbreaks in the Big Apple - by Scott Harper
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog post : Haiti Cholera Response: Stories from the Field, Part 2 - by Araceli Rey
NEW: National Public Health Radio Network (NPHRN) : 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).
NEW: Public Health Matters Blog post : Haiti Cholera Response: Stories from the Field. Part 1 - by Emily McCormick
NEW: Cholera Confirmed in Haiti : 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.
NEW: What's Coming Ashore from the Oil Spill : Fact sheet featuring information about what light crude oil does when it reaches shore.
NEW! CDC Releases New State-by-State Report on Public Health Preparedness : 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.
UPDATED: Gulf Oil Spill 2010 Health Surveillance : 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.
NEW: CDC Response to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill : 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.
UPDATED: CDC Responds to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill : 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.
NEW: Condensed Human Health Interim Clinical Guidance with Mental Health Guidance (PDF) : What Health Care Providers Should Know about Potential Health Hazards from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
UPDATED: Gulf Oil Spill 2010 Health Surveillance : 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.
NEW: Earthquake Audio, Video, and Multimedia Resources : CDC Earthquake PSAs and Podcasts provide timely messages about what you can do to protect yourself and your family from earthquakes.
UPDATED: CDC Responds to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill : 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.
NEW: Key Points - Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Human Health Interim Clinical Guidance : Key Points regarding health effects and risks of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
NEW: Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill Human Health Interim Clinical Guidance : What Health Care Providers should know about potential health hazards from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
NEW: Protecting Yourself After a Hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico : 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.
NEW: 2010 Gulf Oil Spill: Information for Parents fact sheet (Spanish) : The Gulf Oil Spill 2010: Information for Parents fact sheet has been translated into Spanish.
UPDATED: 2010 Gulf Oil Spill - Health Surveillance : 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.
Specific Emergencies Information for Pregnant Women : 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.
Fact Sheet for Pregnant Women : 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.
NEW: Information for Health Professionals - Seafood Safety Following the Gulf Oil Spill : Centers for Disease Control and Prevention letter to Gulf Coast states regarding seafood safety due to the Gulf Oil Spill.
NEW: Coping With a Disaster : New fact sheet featuring disaster mental health resources - including Mental Health Information for Individuals and Families, Physicians and First Responders and Relief Workers.
NEW: Gulf Oil Spill Information for Parents : Frequently asked questions as well as State and Federal links geared towards parents.
NEW PDF: Table of Chemical Constituents Commonly Found in Crude Oil : 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.
UPDATED: CDC Responds to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill : 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.
NEW: Interim Guidance for Protecting Deepwater Horizon Response Workers and Volunteers : 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.
UPDATED: CDC Responds to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill : 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.
UPDATED: CDC Responds to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill : 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".
UPDATE: 2010 Gulf Oil Spill - Health Surveillance : 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.
NEW: 2010 Gulf Oil Spill - Health Surveillance : 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.
UPDATE: CDC Responds to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill : 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.
NEW: Rabies: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action : Rabies: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
NEW: National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2010 : Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 23 - 29.
NEW: Factsheet - What to Expect from the Oil Spill and How to Protect Your Health : 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).
UPDATE: Diphtheria: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action : Diphtheria: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill : An explosion aboard the Deep Water Horizon sinks the drilling rig, causing oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico.
UPDATE: Malaria: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action : Malaria: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
NEW: Iceland Volcano Erupts : The Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupts in Iceland creating floods in the area and producing high levels of volcanic ash prompting health concerns.
Funding Opportunity Announcement: Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) : 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.
NEW PDF: Coordinating Pediatric Medical Care During an Influenza Pandemic : Coordinating Pediatric Medical Care During an Influenza Pandemic
NEW PDF: Hospital 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Influenza Readiness Review Checklist : Hospital 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Influenza Readiness Review Checklist
NEW: Diphtheria: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action : Diphtheria: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
NEW: Leptospirosis: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action : Leptospirosis: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
NEW: Tetanus and Neonatal Tetanus: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action : Tetanus and Neonatal Tetanus: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
NEW: Tuberculosis: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action : Tuberculosis: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
NEW PDF: Pandemic Influenza Pediatric Office Plan Template : Product of a Pediatric Healthcare Response to Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Stakeholder Meeting
NEW: Bloody Diarrhea (Dysentery): Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action : Bloody Diarrhea (Dysentery): Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
UPDATED: Malaria: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action : Malaria: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
NEW: Dengue: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action : Dengue: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
NEW: Measles: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action : Measles: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
NEW: Meningococcal Disease: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action : Meningococcal Disease: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
NEW: Typhoid and Paratyphoid: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action : Typhoid and Paratyphoid: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
NEW: Acute Watery Diarrhea and Cholera: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action : Acute Watery Diarrhea and Cholera: Haiti Pre-decision Brief for Public Health Action
UPDATE: CDC Responds to the Haiti Earthquake : 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.
UPDATED: Fact Sheet for Patients after Amputations or Other Surgeries : Added link to CDC Podcast "Take Care of Yourself After an Amputation or Other Surgery".
UPDATED: How can I take care of my new arm or leg? : Added link to CDC Podcast "Taking Care of Your New Arm or Leg After an Amputation".
PDF - General Resources : Haitian Creole
PDF - General Resources : French
PDF - Mental Health Info for the Public : Haitian Creole
PDF - Mental Health Info for the Public : French
PDF - Mental Health Info for Professionals : Haitian
PDF - Mental Health Info for Professionals : French
PDF - After An Earthquake : Haitian Creole
PDF - Mental health advisory for health professionals providing care for survivors of the 2010 Haitian earthquake : French
PDF - After An Earthquake : French
DOC - Mental health advisory for health professionals providing care for survivors of the 2010 Haitian earthquake : French
DOC - Mental health advisory for health professionals providing care for survivors of the 2010 Haitian earthquake : Espanol
PDF - Mental health advisory for health professionals providing care for survivors of the 2010 Haitian earthquake : Espanol
NEW: Fact Sheet for Patients after Amputations or Other Surgeries : Health information for amputees in Haiti on taking care of yourself after an amputation or other surgeries.
NEW: How can I take care of my new arm or leg? : Health information for amputees in Haiti on taking care of your new arm or leg after an amputation.
DOC - How can I take care of my new arm or leg? : French
PDF - How can I take care of my new arm or leg? : French
DOC - Fact Sheet for Patients after Amputations or Other Surgeries : French
PDF - Fact Sheet for Patients after Amputations or Other Surgeries : French
DOC - How can I take care of my new arm or leg? : Haitian Creole
PDF - How can I take care of my new arm or leg? : Haitian Creole
DOC - Fact Sheet for Patients after Amputations or Other Surgeries : Haitian Creole
PDF - Fact Sheet for Patients after Amputations or Other Surgeries : Haitian Creole
NEW: Haiti Earthquake Response - Mental Health Information for Professionals and the Public : 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.
UPDATED: Earthquake Information for Clinicians : 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.
NEW: Emergency Wound Care after an Earthquake : This new page provides links that you can use for immediate action in regards to Emergency Wound Care after an Earthquake.
UPDATE: CDC Responds to the Haiti Earthquake : 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.
NEW: Thermal Injuries : Updated information about thermal injuries including information on pre-hospital and hospital management and care.
UPDATE: CDC Responds to the Haiti Earthquake : 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.
UPDATE: Fact Sheet: Landslides and Mudslides : Updated information about what causes landslides and debris flows and what you can do to protect yourself from the health threats that they cause.
NEW: Translated Earthquake Home Page (French) : Translations for French pages were added.
NEW: Translated Earthquake Home Page (Haitian Creole) : Translations for Haitian Creole pages were added.
UPDATE: CDC Responds to the Haiti Earthquake : 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.
NEW: CDC Responds to the Haiti Earthquake : 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.
UPDATED: Guidance for Relief Workers and Others Traveling to Haiti for Earthquake Response : 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.
UPDATED: Emergency Wound Management for Healthcare Professionals : 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.
NEW: Guidance for Relief Workers and Others Traveling to Haiti for Earthquake Response : 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.
NEW: Public Health Issues and Priorities for the Haiti Earthquake : 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.
NEW: Travel Health Warning to Haiti : At this time, CDC recommends that U.S. travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Haiti.
NEW: Guidance for U.S. Residents in Haiti : The US Department of State has issued guidance to US residents in Haiti.
UPDATED: Health Recommendations for Relief Workers Responding to Disasters : This notice provides advice specific to the needs of relief workers responding to disasters internationally or domestically.
UPDATED: After an Earthquake: Management of Crush Injuries & Crush Syndrome : 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.
NEW: Q & A: Gastrointestinal (GI) Anthrax : New questions and answers on gastrointestinal (GI) anthrax
UPDATED: Q & A: Anthrax and Animal Hide Drums : More updated questions and answers on Anthrax and Animal Hide Drums
UPDATED: Q & A: Anthrax and Animal Hide Drums : Updated questions and answers for Anthrax and Animal Hide Drums. Know the facts. Stay safe!
MedCon:Pre-Event - A Tool to Estimate the Pre-Event Population at Risk of Medical Consequences in a Disaster : 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.
VacStockpile: A Tool to Estimate the Potential Impacts for Stockpiling Vaccines for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases of Children : 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.
Emergency Use Authorization Online Course : 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.
New RSS Feed: CDC Hurricane Health and Safety Tips : 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.)
National Hurricane Preparedness Week : 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.
CDC Investigates Human Cases of Swine Flu : 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.
Training Opportunity: Disaster Medicine 201: Post-Earthquake Medical Challenges in the New Madrid Seismic Zone : 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.
Information About the April 6 Earthquake in Central Italy : 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.
G-M Detectors Job Aid : A downloadable graphic illustration of the procedure for performing a radiological survey with a handheld Geiger Mueller detector.
New Public Service Announcements for the Floods : Flood PSAs for "Preventing Trench Foot or Immersion Foot" and "Identification and Treatment of Hypothermia Related to Exposure in Cold Water"
Cold Weather Flood Safety : 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.
Screening People for External Contamination: How to Use Hand-held Radiation Survey Equipment : 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
Reactions to Smallpox Vaccination: Guidance for Healthcare Professionals : Updated information on medications used to treat reactions to the smallpox vaccine.
Smallpox: An Overview for Clinicians : New updates on smallpox questions and answers, including infection control and isolation of smallpox patients, and infection control issues for vaccinated healthcare workers.
Smallpox Question and Answers: Vaccine Basics : 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.
Key Findings -- Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening CDC's Emergency Response -- A CDC Report on Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (TPER)-Funded Activities : 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.
Twitter Feed for CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response : 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.
Send a Winter Weather Preparedness E-Card to Friends and Family : 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.
Two New Emergency-Related RSS Feeds Available From CDC : 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.
Preparedness Resources for Healthcare Facilities : 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.
Protect Yourself and Your Family from the Dangers of a Volcanic Eruption : 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.
Anthrax Question and Answers: Vaccination : New updates on Anthrax Questions and Answers.
Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening CDC's Emergency Response -- A CDC Report on Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (TPER)-Funded Activities : 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.
Search for Peanut Butter Product Recalls Related to Salmonella Outbreak : 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.
CDC Interim Guidance for Revaccination of Eligible Persons who Participated in the US Civilian Smallpox Preparedness and Response October 2008 : 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.
Launch of 'SNAPS: Snap Shots of State Population Data' : 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.
Medical Record Abstraction Form for Domestic Bombing Events : 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.
Our New Site! : Find out about the many improvements to CDC's Emergency Preparedness and Response Web site.
Severe Winter Weather: Learn How to Stay Warm and Safe : 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.
California Wildfires: Protect Yourself and Others : 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.
FAQ: Melamine in Food Products Manufactured in China : 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.
CDC Responds to Hurricane Season 2008 : 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.
Blast Injury Fact Sheets — seven new fact sheets added. : Fact sheets for health care providers on the treatment of blast injuries.
Recommendations to Protect Persons Wounded During Bombings and Other Mass Casualty Events : 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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