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April 17, 2018

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CDC's Emergency Partners newsletter provides updates, resources, and useful tips to subscribers interested in emergency preparedness and CDC's emergency responses.

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  • A harmful germ can travel from a remote village to major cities on all continents in under 36 hours.
  • CDC-supported Field Epidemiology Training Programs have trained over 10,000 disease detectives around the world to serve as “boots on the ground,” helping track, contain, and eliminate outbreaks before they become epidemics.
  • A global infectious disease outbreak can have a catastrophic impact on the U.S. economy – even if the disease never reaches the U.S.

Global Health Security Agenda Programs Protect Americans

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Dr. Anne Schuchat visiting the Disco Hill Cemetery in Liberia where many victims of the Ebola outbreak are buried


Today’s world of increasing interconnectivity and mobility accelerates the shared global risk to human health and well-being. The United States cannot effectively protect the health of its citizens without addressing infectious disease threats around the world. A pathogen that begins in a remote town can reach major cities on all six continents in 36 hours...As we saw with Ebola, even the threat of spread of an infectious disease can have a significant impact in the United States. Helping other countries to control disease outbreaks where they start is by far the most effective and cost-efficient way to prevent diseases from spreading to the United States.

Read Dr. Anne Schuchat's full blog post here.

Tanzania’s Disease Detectives Crack a Complicated Case  

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Children at Munyika Primary School in Kajana, Tanzania, line up for malaria testing


In March 2017, a mystery illness struck in Tanzania. In the village of Kajana, children at Munyika Primary School began to get sick. First a few, then a few dozen, and then more than 100 children reported symptoms that included headache, abdominal pain, and fever. The government of Tanzania dispatched a team of disease detectives from the country’s Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program to pinpoint the cause of the illness and determine how to stop it.

Learn more about this complicated case and how the disease detectives cracked it.

CDC’s Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) webinars help emergency responders and health communication professionals learn more about CERC principles so that they can communicate more effectively during emergencies.

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Join us on May 1, 2018, 2:00-3:00 PM EST for the “Introduction to CERC”

Webinar ID: 692 982 968


  1. Define all six CERC principles
  2. Describe the rhythm of CERC and how communication works at each phase of a crisis

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