Public Health Matters: Prepare Globally

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August 30, 2016
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September marks the 13th Annual National Preparedness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention theme will focus on “The Power of Preparedness.”  This month is an opportunity to highlight how each of us can take action both collectively and individually to stay safe from disaster.

Throughout September, CDC will release Public Health Matters blog posts, social media messages, and graphics focused on a different area each week. These areas include:

  • Prepare globally. Diseases know no borders.
  • Prepare to respond. Highly trained experts come together to save lives during an emergency.
  • Prepare locally. State and local health departments keep people safe from public health threats.
  • Prepare together. Close-knit neighborhoods are more resilient during a disaster.
  • Prepare yourself. Have an emergency kit ready for use in any situation.
Learn more on National Preparedness Month
 
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SMALL CHANGES, BIG DIVIDENDS: A GLOBAL LOOK AT PREPAREDNESS
BY DR. STEPHEN REDD, DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

There's a big difference between seeing something in a picture and experiencing it in 360-degree reality, saturated with sounds and smells. In the summer of 1987, I traveled to Senegal for three weeks. This was the first time I had really traveled and seen firsthand what the rest of the world was like.

In Dakar, fishermen brought their catches to beach on the edge of town. An open sewer drained directly into the ocean almost in the middle of where the fishermen landed their boats... Read Blog

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ACTIVATION UPDATE
ZIKA

Pregnant Women with Any Lab Evidence of Zika Virus Infection*

  • US States and DC: 584
  • US Territories: 812

*Source: Pregnancy Registries as of
August 18, 2016

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Zika Virus Disease Cases Reported to ArboNET*

  • US States and DC: 2,517
  • US Territories: 9,011

*Source: ArboNET as of August 24, 2016

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