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CDC Expands Efforts in Haiti Earthquake Response

Published: January 19, 2010

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While CDC expands its public health response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, we are ever mindful of the extraordinary loss of life and the pain and suffering of an entire nation.

CDC activated its Emergency Response Center immediately following the earthquake to help assess public health needs, outline health risks, and offer disease and injury prevention recommendations. CDC is working to support surveillance and help address specific issues such as food and water safety and the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

CDC's current response activities include supporting the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in the public health effort. CDC also is coordinating closely with international and national governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (e.g., International Red Cross, World Food Program, UNICEF, CARE).

CDC Haiti Deployments

CDC staff deployed for the earthquake response includes specialists in epidemiology, veterinary medicine, environmental health, and infectious diseases who include physicians, public health advisors, sanitarians, and nurses.

Moving Forward

The Haiti earthquake response is an urgent priority. CDC will continue to support the people of Haiti and others affected by this tragedy.

CDC public health information on earthquakes and updated information about our response to the Haiti earthquake are posted at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/.

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