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News and Features

This page provides links to this year’s EHS spotlight and news articles.

Quick links to past EHS spotlight and news articles by year:
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001.

2016 News Items

Spotlight Features

Rodent Control Program Profiles – Read these profiles describing best practices, challenges, and technical assistance needs of local rodent control programs (produced in collaboration with CDC). In 2015, EHSB partnered with the National Association of County and City Health Officials to better understand the capacity of local rodent control programs across the United States.

Parks: An Opportunity to Leverage Environmental Health [PDF - 346 KB] – Public health and parks and recreation departments have many synergistic goals that could be leveraged to make both more effective. In this column, Dee Merriam shares resources and a series of questions environmental health staff can use to explore collaboration opportunities with their local parks and recreation programs. This article was published in the January/February 2016 issue [PDF - 126 KB] of the Journal of Environmental Health.

SUPEH Call for Applications – Apply now through February 3 for CDC’s Summer Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH). SUPEH is a paid 10-week internship for students majoring in environmental health in a program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). Interns gain environmental health experience and an understanding of environmental health work at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels.

Enhancing Environmental Health Knowledge (EEK): Vectors & Public Health Pests Virtual Conference – Join other environmental health professionals for this virtual conference sponsored by the National Environmental Health Association with support from CDC’s Environmental Health Services Branch. The conference is April 13-14, and abstracts are due January 29.

Promo Video for Food Safety e-Learning – Check out our short video promoting CDC’s fun, free, and interactive e-Learning on Environmental Assessment of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks. The skills needed to participate in an outbreak investigation are different from those needed to inspect restaurants, and the role of environmental health staff is critical. View the video to learn why you should register for this training today.

Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak at a Long-Term Care Facility Caused by a Cooling Tower Using an Automated Disinfection System—Ohio, 2013 [PDF - 689 KB] – On July 9, 2013, an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease was identified at Long-Term Care Facility A in central Ohio. This article describes the investigation of the outbreak and identification of the source, a cooling tower using an automated biocide delivery system. 

Legionella Website with Videos & Other Outbreak Resources – CDC estimates that between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires' disease in the United States each year, and the number of cases reported to CDC has been on the rise over the past decade. CDC has developed a number of resources on this website to help health departments investigate legionellosis outbreaks in their area, including 6 short environmental investigation videos, an environmental assessment form and sampling procedures.

Earlier news items are available on the News and Features Archive page.

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