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  • Former Cleveland Heights resident helps CDC fight Zika virus in American Samoa
    Ruth Link-Gelles, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officer, is recognized for months of ardent service on the front lines of the Zika virus outbreak in American Samoa. Link-Gelles was part of CDC’s team that investigated Zika transmission, coordinated laboratory testing and health services, and provided Zika education to the local community. These efforts helped ensure babies born to Zika-infected mothers were tested for birth defects.
    The Plain Dealer
    December 8, 2016
  • Americans’ cholesterol, triglyceride levels continue to fall
    Improving cholesterol and triglyceride levels are believed to be contributing to declining death rates from cardiovascular diseases. Research conducted by CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and lead author of the study, Asher Rosinger, and his colleagues suggests that drugs intended to lower cholesterol may not be the reason behind decreasing cholesterol levels. Rosinger and team await data from 2015 and 2016 to determine whether the removal of trans-fatty acids from foods is aiding these improved levels.
    Reuters, Live Science, and TCTMD 
    November 30, 2016
  • Disease detective shares new insights on rare, tick-borne virus
    Mary-Margaret Fill, MD, an EIS Officer assigned to the Tennessee Department of Health, leads a study on an emerging and rare infectious disease known as the Heartland virus. Dr. Fill has learned that Heartland virus can cause more severe and widespread infection than originally thought. These findings underscore the importance of taking precautions to prevent tick bites.
    Live Science
    October 27, 2016
  • How many Zika-infected infants will develop microcephaly and other FAQs
    When an outbreak strikes, the Epidemic Intelligence Service is the cavalry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention EIS officers work on the front lines, where they investigate the causes and set up defenses.
    PBS Newshour
    May 18, 2016
  • Novel orthopoxvirus discovered in Alaska patient
    Investigators for the CDC and the Alaska Division of Public Health discovered that a patient living in a remote area of Alaska was infected with a novel species of orthopoxvirus.
    Healio Infectious Disease News
    May 9, 2016
  • New Evidence of Link Between Zika and Guillain-Barré
    There is new evidence that Zika may cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, according to findings presented at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference, held from May 2 to 5 in Atlanta.
    DoctorsLounge
    May 6, 2016
  • Outbreak of Guillain-Barré syndrome in Brazil suggests Zika association
    Researchers investigating a 2015 outbreak of Guillain-Barré syndrome in Brazil found that it was much more prevalent than expected — and saw signs that it may be associated with Zika virus.
    Healio Infectious Disease News
    May 5, 2016
  • CDC Provides Zika Resources for Researchers, Healthcare Providers, and the Public
    As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) learns more about the threat of Zika virus infection on pregnant women and their growing fetuses, it will continue to share its knowledge with researchers, healthcare providers and the public.
    Contagion Infectious Diseases Today
    May 05, 2016
  • CDC: Providers should consider Zika in returning US Travelers
    Health officials are urging providers to be more aware of Zika virus in travelers returning to the United States, and to inform patients about the potential risks associated with the disease and how to reduce exposure to mosquitoes in areas with active Zika virus transmission.
    Meeting News Coverage
    May 4, 2016
  • How Many Americans Floss Their Teeth?
    Americans can now be scientifically divided into three categories: Those who floss daily, those who never floss and those who fall somewhere in between.
    U.S. News Report
    May 2, 2016
  • How the Polio Vaccine Continues to Change History
    This month, unbeknownst to many, one of the largest public health interventions is occurring worldwide, and it is called “The Switch.”
    Theworldpost.com
    April 25, 2016
  • Cellphone photos are causing more bison charges in Yellowstone, study says
    Cellphones may be responsible for an increase in the number of bison-related injuries to Yellowstone National Park visitors last year.
    Billingsgazette.com
    March 31, 2016
  • Disease detectives: federal workers on the front line of epidemics
    Disease outbreaks can strike at any moment, and when that happens the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) is one of the first on the scene. Chief of the EIS Program, Joshua A. Mott, PhD, MA, EMT-P (CAPT, USPHS), is interviewed by Federal News Radio.
    FederalNewsRadio.com
    March 25, 2016
  • CDC disease detectives arrive in Boston to investigate illness striking Boston’s homeless
    A health official said the CDC is interested in the city’s experience because the federal agency is updating guidelines for handling clusters of meningococcal disease, the infection that killed two homeless people in Boston and sickened three others.
    The Boston Globe
    March 16, 2016
  • Search Begins For Mothers In Brazil To Probe Zika Mysteries
    Disease detectives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control are in Brazil, rushing to answer one of the most important questions about the Zika outbreak. They’re going door-to-door to try to establish whether the virus is causing terrible birth defects.
    NPR
    February 25, 2016
  • US, Brazilian health teams go into slums to start Zika study
    Eight teams, each made up of one “disease detective” from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, work with Brazilian health officials to determine if the Zika virus is causing babies to be born with a birth defect affecting the brain.
    Associated Press
    February 24, 2016
  • CDC Arrives In Brazil To Investigate Zika Outbreak
    On February 22, 2016, a team of U.S. government disease detectives launched an eagerly anticipated research project in Brazil designed to determine whether the Zika virus is really causing a surge of serious birth defects.
    NPR
    February 22, 2016
  • Zika Virus May Cause Paralysis -Video 3:42
    EIS officer Ashley Styczynski talks with Dr. Richard Besser on an ABC News digital about the work she is doing with the Brazilian Ministry of Health to investigate Guillain-Barre syndrome and any possible link with Zika virus.
    ABC News
    February 15, 2016
  • CDC on highest alert over Zika Virus -Video 2:44
    Paige Armstrong, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officer, is featured in CDC’s Emergency Operations Center for the Zika response.
    CBS46 News
    February 9, 2016
  • The Global Challenge of Cancer
    EIS Officer Hilda Razzaghi works to establish cancer registries in low and middle income countries.
    CDC Blog
    February 2, 2016
  • StoryCorps Atlanta: Combating Ebola On The Front Lines
    Dr. Anne Purfield and Dr. Melissa Rolfes talked about being among the first CDC employees to arrive in Sierra Leone to combat Ebola.”
    WABE 90.1 FM
    January 26, 2016
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