Public Health Laboratories
Have You Heard? Facts From The Field is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to provide CDC and the field with facts and news from state, tribal, local and territorial public health agencies. We invite you to read and share this information broadly.
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March 6, 2013
- Memphis, Tennessee—The Shelby County health department’s efforts to save babies helped reduce the county’s high infant mortality rate by more than one third during 2003-2011.
- The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures for 2013 provides a concise summary of frequently used cancer statistics and information about major risk factors.
- Take the No Tanning pledge! The Melanoma Foundation of New England’s Your Skin Is IN program raises awareness among teens and young adults about the dangers of tanning outdoors and in tanning beds.
- A hepatitis C outbreak in New Hampshire, believed to have been started by a hospital technician, resulted in the New Hampshire Public Health Laboratory in Concord testing more than 4,000 blood samples in 5 months [PDF - 34KB].
February 1, 2012
- Partnerships with the FDA and Food Emergency Response Network provided the necessary instrumentation, training, and infrastructure for Colorado's state laboratory to respond rapidly to the 2011 Listeria monocytogenes outbreak.
- In 2011, the Texas Department of State Health Services laboratory confirmed that a Mexican face cream contained mercury levels as high as 239 times the FDA limit, leading to a product recall in Mexico.
- The New Jersey Public Health and Environment Laboratory significantly reduced the reporting time of influenza test results [PDF-656KB] by implementing an automated, electronic reporting system from the state lab to CDC.
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- Page last updated: November 9, 2015
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