Feb. 16, 2017: Global Rapid Response Team
Feb. 16, 2017
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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 Response Team First Year Deployments
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
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
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.
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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