Tagged: CDC

Zika Virus in the United States – UPDATE

Last week, the Zika virus blog provided a foundation of important information about the emerging threat to public health in the United States. In the days that followed, additional Zika virus information not included in the HSDL blog has been made available by various resources. The following is a brief...

Zika Virus in the United States – What You Need to Know

In recent weeks, the Zika virus has established itself as a growing health concern of the American public. Of particular concern are reports surfacing from Brazil that link Zika virus infections to instances of microcephaly in newborns with birth mothers who were infected during their pregnancies. It is important to...

Operation Z: If and When Zombies Attack

The hype of a zombie attack has come back to the news after being dormant for some time. The Pentagon is prepared for such a threat (and, “would like to stress that they [The Pentagon] don’t actually think that this zombie apocalypse is going to happen”). Drafted in 2011, CONPLAN...

Novel Coronavirus Gains Momentum: The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

On May 12, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the United States. (The first case was reported in Chicago on May 2, 2014.)The case of a Florida man diagnosed with MERS-CoV was confirmed on May 11....

ASTHO & CDC Announce Release of National Health Security Preparedness Index™

Last week the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 20 other development partners announced the release of the National Health Security Preparedness Index™ (NHSPI™). The partners assert that the Index is “a new way to measure...

How Animal Antibiotics Threaten Public Health

In industrial food animal production (IFAP), using antibiotics as a preventative measure rather than a therapeutic one has been common practice for several decades. Now, a study by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (JHCLF) finds that the continued overuse of antibiotics in livestock has lead to dangerous...

Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have published a report titled, Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013. The report provides a “snapshot of the burden and threats posed by the antibiotic-resistant germs having the most impact on...

Most Pressing Research Priorities for Reducing the Threat of Gun Violence in the United States

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council have released a prepublication report that identifies research priorities for the most pressing gun violence problems in the United States. The report, “Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence,” “proposes priorities for a research agenda to improve understanding...