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Hurricane Response Updates

Week of October 10, 2005

CDC continues its hurricane response with approximately 120 deployed professionals involved in a wide array of public health concerns, especially preventing injuries and deaths among persons who are returning to hurricane-affected areas.

CDC is implementing a transition plan for sustaining appropriate levels of response throughout the hurricane recovery phase. The primary concern is to ensure that state and local public health professionals are well supported during this phase with adequate infrastructure and personnel from CDC.

In Louisiana, the primary reason for hospital visits continues to be injuries, especially falls, puncture wounds and lacerations. Importantly, CDC is moving to an electronic surveillance system (EARS or Early Aberration Reporting System) that will be used in New Orleans hospitals.

The health and well-being of response workers remains a critical priority as CDC is involved in environmental assessments for these workers. In addition, CDC is involved in the development of mental health assessments for workers.

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