CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) plans, directs, and coordinates a national program to maintain and improve the health of the American people by promoting a healthy environment and by preventing premature death and avoidable illness and disability caused by non-infectious, non-occupational environmental and related factors. We are especially committed to safeguarding the health of populations that are particularly vulnerable to certain environmental hazards - children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
Investigating Liver Disease in Ethiopia
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. Residents of Tigray were all too familiar with the tropical diseases common in this region, and they recognized this illness was not one of them. But what was it?
In the aftermath of the tornadoes, local communities faced immediate environmental health concerns—food safety, water quality, shelter, sanitation, solid waste and debris management, and disease control. But state and local emergency responders who had attended the Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) course developed by CDC’s Environmental Health Services Branch were well prepared to address these health impacts.
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