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Oct. 24, 2016: Today is World Polio Day

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Oct. 24, 2016

World Polio Day

October 24 is World Polio Day.

Spotlighted Topic of the Week: World Polio Day

Blog of the Week

World Polio Day 2016: A Focus on Tenacity and Hope

John Bingham is an American writer and long distance runner who’s competed in more than 45 marathons. He has no connection whatsoever to global health. Nor does he claim any history or involvement with the difficult but ever hopeful struggle to eradicate polio from every corner of the world. So it might seem odd that Bingham’s words come to mind today, World Polio Day, as an apt and perfectly relevant call to action in our efforts to defeat polio. “Marathons,” he wrote, “are about tenacity as much as talent.” Read blog


Infographic of the Week

Polio: what you see is only the tip of the iceberg
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Video of the Week

Hope in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

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Story of the Week

On World Polio Day, Join Us on the Road to Making Polio History

9-year old Job, one of the last children in Kenya to contract polio. Meet Job and Sabina — a Kenyan vaccinator who will do whatever it takes to ensure that no child should ever suffer polio again…Read story


CDC Zika Updates

Latest Outbreak Info

Zika affected countries map

On January 22, 2016, CDC activated the Incident Management System and, working through the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), centralized the response to the 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 response efforts to a Level 1 activation, the highest response level at the agency.

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.
  • Monitor and report cases of Zika, which will helps improve our understanding of how and where Zika is spreading.

More resources on the CDC Zika website »

In the News

On the Calendar

October:                     Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October:                     SIDS Awareness Month
October 24, 2016:      World Polio Day
October 29, 2016:      World Stroke Day
November 12, 2016:      World Pneumonia Day
November 14, 2016:      World Diabetes Day

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