Mar. 3, 2016: Today is World Birth Defects Day
Mar. 3, 2016
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
March 3 is World Birth Defects Day. View Large Photo
Blog of the Week
WORLD BIRTH DEFECTS DAY RAISES GLOBAL AWARENESS OF BIRTH DEFECTS
Every year, an estimated 3%–6% of infants worldwide are born with a serious birth defect. Birth defects can affect an infant regardless of birthplace, race, or ethnicity. In some countries, birth defects remain one of the leading causes of death for infants and young children. Those who survive and live with these conditions are at an increased risk for lifelong disabilities...read more.
Infographic of the Week
FOLIC ACID FORTIFICATIONView text version of infographics
Video of the Week
BIRTH DEFECTS: COMMON, COSTLY, CRITICAL.
Produced and directed by Utah parents of children with birth defects in collaboration with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network…Watch video
Story of the Week
THE IMPORTANCE OF FOLIC ACID: ANIFA'S STORY
Worldwide, more than 300,000 babies are born with serious birth defects of the brain and spine each year. Read Anifa's story and find out what CDC is doing to help…Read story
On January 22, 2016, CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to respond to outbreaks of Zika occurring in the Americas and increased reports of birth defects and Guillain-Barré syndrome in areas affected by Zika. On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) because of clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika. On February 8, 2016, CDC elevated its EOC activation to a Level 1, the highest level.
CDC is working with international public health partners and with state and local health departments to
- Alert healthcare providers and the public about Zika.
- Post travel notices and other travel-related guidance.
- Provide state health laboratories with diagnostic tests.
- Detect and report cases, which will help prevent further spread.
Disease Detectives In Brazil Go Door-To-Door To Solve Zika Mystery
February 25, 2016
US impressed by successes recorded on health programmes it supports
February 24, 2016
CDC Arrives In Brazil To Investigate Zika Outbreak
February 24, 2016
CDC Team Kicks off Zika Study in Brazil Focused on Zika
February 22, 2016
How a tiny mosquito became one of the world’s ‘most efficient killers’
The Washington Post
February 19, 2016
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