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CDC awards iFund Challenge for Innovation

iFund participants Kenya experiences extreme aflatoxin exposure and fatal, recurring aflatoxicosis outbreaks. They urgently need evidence-based interventions. One promising intervention is NovaSil clay. After it is ingested, NovaSil binds to aflatoxin and prevents it from being absorbed into the body. A team from NCEH’s Health Studies Branch wants to test the use of NovaSil clay tablets to block the ravaging effects of aflatoxin.

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Disease Detectives in Ethiopia, Part 1

Arid, mountainous terrain of Tigray, Ethiopia. Photo by CDC staff A strange new illness was spreading throughout Tigray, the northern region of Ethiopia. In this dry, mountainous area, people living in remote homes and villages were coming down with what appeared to be the same unknown disease.

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Disease Detectives in Ethiopia, Part 2

Buttke takes a sample from a goat herd. Photo by CDC staff CDC’s Colleen Martin, MSPH, was alone in her office the day that the test results came in from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was so eager to see what they revealed that she did a preliminary analysis of the data in just one day.

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Children’s Poisoning from Laundry Detergent Pods

laundry pods During May and early June 2012, the Carolina Poison Center and the Poison Control Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia received four reports of children with vomiting, mental status changes, and respiratory distress after ingesting the contents of laundry detergent pods.

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Navajo Nation Safe Drinking Water Initiatives

man working on water tank Water hauling is widespread on Navajo Nation. About 25% of their households are not connected to a public water system and must haul drinking water from outside, often untreated sources. CDC conducted a study that showed widespread bacterial contamination and water sources.

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Panama’s Mystery Illness

man working on samples Beginning in late September of 2006, media headlines spoke of a “mystery illness” responsible for numerous deaths and almost two-dozen seriously ill patients in the Republic of Panama. CDC’s toxicology experts helped unravel this deadly and unanticipated threat.

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