Guardian of Public Health - July 2016

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News and Articles

This scientist is trying to stop a lab-created global disaster

When queried about the present state of biotechnology, Kevin Esvelt tends to sound more like a science skeptic than a pioneer of one of the most subversive genetic engineering technologies of all time.

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Training & Events

Practical Approaches for Zika Preparedness and Response Webinar

Live Webinar

July 27, 2016

The webinar will include information and resources from two local health departments who are addressing mosquito surveillance and control. They will share what practical and replicable efforts they are carrying out in their communities to prepare and respond to Zika. 

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Tools & Resources

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New Zika Website Widget

The Centers for Disease Control created a new Zika widget that can be added to any website.  The widget provides easy access to updated Zika information.

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Evaluating Emergency Preparedness and Response Trainings: A Knowledge Repository

The Public Health Foundation released a new framework for evaluating public health emergency preparedness training.

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The Michigan Update

The Bureau of Laboratories and Zika Virus Testing

Teresa Miller, Chemical Threat Response Training Coordinator, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Laboratories

The Bureau of Laboratories, Michigan’s Public Health Laboratory began testing human clinical samples for Zika virus on May 9, 2016.  Michigan is not a geographical hot zone for Zika virus.  Our public health laboratory has allied with notable public health officials to perform clinical sample analysis for suspected human cases.  Analysis of these clinical samples will aid epidemiologists and other scientific entities in finding definitive answers to concerns about contraction and spread of this viremic disease.  Although the Bureau of Laboratories is not a research facility, characteristics of identified viral illness will aid in the quest for answers to our scientific questions about this virus.

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Macomb County Health Department Earns National Recognition for Preparedness

Macomb County Health Department has been recognized by the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) for their ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies.  The health department has demonstrated through Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) their preparedness and response capability by meeting a comprehensive set of nationally-recognized standards, which are aligned with federal government requirements and national best practices.

PPHR standards focus on three main goals: all-hazards planning, workforce development, and demonstrating readiness through exercises and real events. PPHR is a rigorous program that requires a tremendous amount of dedication, time and collaborative partnership.  Macomb County Health Department joins nine other Michigan local health departments that have been distinguished for excellence in preparedness through PPHR, and more than 400 public health agencies across the nation.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness (BETP) congratulates Macomb County Health Department on their achievement and thanks them for their dedication to preparedness and in keeping Michigan residents healthy and safe.  For more information on Project Public Health Ready, visit  For more information about PPHR in Michigan, contact Katie Dunkle-Reynolds at  

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Blood Lead Levels Among Children Aged <6 Years — Flint, Michigan, 2013–2016

Researchers in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report share the results of blood lead level testing in children less than six years old in Flint, Michigan. They analyzed blood lead level surveillance data from April 25th, 2013 to March 26, 2016.  These dates correspond to before the switch to the Flint Water Authority to the return to the Detroit Water Authority after the use of Flint water.  This period was split into four smaller time periods corresponding to the different events: before the switch from the Detroit Water Authority to the Flint Water Authority, after the switch from the Detroit Water Authority to the Flint Water Authority, but before the water advisory was issued, after the switch to the Flint Water Authority and after issuance of the water advisory, and after the switch back to the Detroit Water Authority from the Flint Water Authority.  The research showed blood lead levels increased after the switch to the Flint Water Authority in children under six.

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