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Feb. 16, 2017: Global Rapid Response Team

CDC Around the World: News, Web, & SOcial Media Updates From the CDC Center for Global Health

Feb. 16, 2017

Spotlighted Topic of the Week: Global Rapid Response Team


Global Rapid Responders – Our Boots on the Ground Defense

Because our world is more connected than ever, a disease threat that occurs anywhere can very quickly spread across boundaries and become a threat to people worldwide. New microbes are emerging and spreading, drug resistance is rising, and limited biosafety and security measures in laboratories around the world make the intentional or unintentional release of dangerous microbes easier. Global travel and trade increase the chance and speed of these risks… Read blog

Global Rapid Responders – Our Boots on the Ground Defense


Global Rapid Response Team First Year Deployments

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Virus hunters look for deadly diseases in bat caves

These disease detectives in South Africa are on the hunt for a deadly pathogen that can jump from animals to humans. Source: CNN. Watch video

CNN Bat hunting


CDC and Emory University Join Forces to Strengthen Responses to Public Health Emergencies

It’s no secret that a passion for health and rapid response is a crucial component of finding and ending disease outbreaks. However, this can only go so far without a solid public health foundation to efficiently and effectively respond to public health emergencies, particularly in disaster and conflict settings where it may be challenging to detect and control disease outbreaks… Read story

CDC and Emory University Join Forces to Strengthen Responses to Public Health Emergencies

CDC Zika Updates

Latest Outbreak Info

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.

Q & A on Zika

Areas with Zika

In the News

New Africa disease agency aims to prevent fresh Ebola crisis
February 15, 2017

India Deaths Investigation
(Part 3, 13:45 mins.) CBC Radio
February 8, 2017

Dangerous Fruit: Mystery of Deadly Outbreaks in India Is Solved
The New York Times
January 31, 2017

In South Africa, Deadly Tuberculosis Strain Is Spread Directly
The New York Times
January 30, 2017

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