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- Public health laboratory scientists are critical to identifying, tracking, and limiting Cdc-pdf[PDF-6.5MB]External public health threats: from detecting toxins in water sourcesExternal to helping stem the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
- Public health labs face challenges in maintaining and enhancing the workforce Cdc-pdf[PDF-2.3MB]External, as they confront significant staff losses and limited capacity to train workers.
- Laboratory scientists, leaders, and trainers can adopt and implement recently published competency guidelines Cdc-pdf[PDF-1.4MB] to strengthen their workforce.
- Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating ameba found in warm freshwater, can enter the body through the nose and cause primary amebic meningoencephalitis, leading to brain swelling and death.
- An investigational drug available from the CDC Drug Service helped treat the first American since 1978 to survive illness from Naegleria fowleri.
- Swimmers can lower their risk of infection by following these tips when swimming in warm freshwater lakes, rivers, and hot springs, where most US infections have occurred.
- State and local health departments reported 818 foodborne illness outbreaks in 2013 alone; these outbreaks led to 13,360 illnesses, 1,062 hospitalizations, and 16 deaths.
- Consumers can help solve foodborne outbreaks; food receipts, labels, and shopper cards give investigators important clues about what made people sick.
- Health professionals can use CDC’s step-by-step guide to investigate outbreaks, along with a toolkit and tip sheets for effective interviewing and laboratory practices.
- Heroin use has increased in the United States, even among groups that had lower use rates in the past, according to this month’s Vital Signs.
- People who are addicted to prescription opioid painkillers are 40 times more likely to also be addicted to heroin.
- States play a key role in keeping at-risk people from starting heroin, and in expanding treatment and recovery for those already addicted.
- At least 1,788 people got sick from contaminated pool, hot tub, lake, and ocean water in 90 separate outbreaks across 32 states and Puerto Rico over a two-year period.
- Cryptosporidium a diarrhea-causing parasite that is hard to kill with chlorine caused about half of these illnesses.
- Health professionals, aquatics staff, and swimmers can take easy and effective steps to help keep germs out of pools and hot tubs.
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