CDC Responds to Disease Outbreaks 24-7
- CDC is the nation's leading public health agency, dedicated to protecting the health of Americans.
- The CDC leads U.S. national health security. CDC works 24/7 to save lives and protect people from health threats here and around the world, including contagious disease outbreaks. In the last two years, CDC sent scientists and doctors out more than 750 times to respond to health threats.
- There are many kinds of viruses and bacteria that can threaten people's health and sometimes kill even otherwise healthy people.
- In the past 30-years, CDC investigated 30 new contagious diseases—averaging one new contagion per year. In some cases, these new contagious diseases are only a plane-ride away from our hometowns.
- One important area of CDC's focus is to detect and respond to avian and other novel influenza viruses with the potential to cause a human influenza pandemic as well as viruses of unknown origin.
- CDC is on 24/7 to answer the call when a community or a country needs help to save lives and protect people from health threats.
- In a world where a disease outbreak may be a deliberate attack or naturally occurring, it's important that our nation be prepared to respond to all public health threats.
- CDC's laboratory scientists and medical experts led the U.S. public health response during anthrax, SARS, avian influenza outbreaks abroad and during the recent 2009 H1N1 pandemic. They are prepared to respond to the next emerging contagious disease.
People can help protect themselves during a respiratory disease outbreak
- Avoid close contact. Members of the public should avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.» Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
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