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Announcements: Pre-Decision Briefs for Public Health Action in the Aftermath of the Earthquake in Haiti

As part of CDC efforts to assist the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population in the aftermath of the January 12, 2010, earthquake, and to prepare for possible outbreaks or epidemics of infectious disease, subject matter experts have prepared a series of pre-decision briefs for public health action. The briefs focus on specific high-priority infectious disease threats (i.e., acute watery diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, dengue fever, diphtheria, human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, leptospirosis, malaria, measles, meningococcal disease, tetanus, tuberculosis, typhoid, and paratyphoid fever). These briefs have been tailored to the current situation in Haiti and are available at

The briefs provide key recommendations with relevant background information for decision makers in the Haiti Ministry of Public Health and Population, the U.S. government, and other organizations. Each of the briefs has been reviewed by subject matter experts from outside the agency, including representatives of the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population and the World Health Organization.

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