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CDC News and Announcements

Public Health Preparedness Summit Pre-Session Workshop: Risk Smart, Viral Savvy—The New Emergency Communications Reality

Date:February 21, 2012 (Tuesday)

Time:8:30am– 5:30 pm (ET)

Location:San Simeon AB Room (4th floor)

The public expects more communications savvy from leaders in today's world. Local leaders are called upon to master both the news conference and the Tweet to build public cooperation and support for preparedness, response, and recovery measures. CDC’s Health Partners Outreach Team has two presentations at a Public Health Preparedness Summit pre-session workshop. The Fundamentals of Communications Planning, Decisions, and Action and Building Support and Engaging Audiences through Traditional and New Media Outreach are sessions that will help build expertise in risk communication principles and techniques and best partnership-communications practices. Participate in these interactive sessions at the 2012 Public Health Preparedness Summit

Public Health Preparedness

Concussion in Winter Sports – Dec 26 (CDC)
Get prepared for concussions on and off the ice and slopes. Learn the symptoms and danger signs and keep an action plan on hand.

Environmental Public Health Tracking Network – Dec 19 (CDC)
Use CDC's Environmental Public Health Tracking Network to find out how the environment may be affecting your health, your family's health, or your community's health.

Emergency Preparedness and Response – (CDC)
Find resources for All Hazards and Specific Hazards preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources Page for Clinicians – (CDC)
Find online and in-person training centers and resources.

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

Winter Weather: Take Steps – (CDC)
Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions. By preparing your home and car in advance for winter emergencies, and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-related health problems.

Winter Weather: Indoor Safety – (CDC)

Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety – (CDC)

Clinical Guidance for Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning After a Disaster – (CDC)

Prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning – (CDC)
If you don't have a battery-powered or battery back-up CO alarm, now is a great time to buy one. More than 400 people die each year in the US from unintentional, non-fire related CO poisoning.

Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Journal

EID is prepared by the CDC. EID Home Page
Volume 18, Number 1—January 2012

Highlights in this issue include:

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

MMWR weekly reports and publications are prepared by the CDC. Electronically Subscribe
December 23, 2011 / Vol. 60 / No. 50Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

Weekly Flu View – Dec 30 (CDC)
During week 51, 7.2% of all deaths reported through the 122-Cities Mortality Reporting System were due to pneumonia and influenza. This percentage was below the epidemic threshold of 7.4% for week 51.

TB 101 for Health Care Workers – Dec 23 (CDC)
TB 101 for Health Care Workers is designed to educate health care workers about basic concepts related to TB prevention and control in the United States. The target audience for the course includes newly hired TB program staff and health care workers in areas related to TB (such as individuals who work in correctional facilities or HIV/AIDS clinics).

Travel Safety

Flu-Free, Healthy Travel this Winter – Dec 19 (CDC)
Whether traveling to warmer weather or a snow-filled adventure, make sure the flu is not your travel companion. Get your flu vaccine before you go to reduce your risk of catching and spreading the flu.

Food, Drug and Device Safety Reports FDA and USDA Food Recalls, Alerts, Reporting & Resources – Jan 1 (HHS/UDSA/FDA/CDC/NIH)
For recalls and alerts by both FDA and USDA, or to report a problem or make inquiries.

PulseNet & Foodborne Disease Outbreak Detection – Dec 28 (CDC)
Since 1996, PulseNet has connected foodborne illness cases together, using DNA "fingerprinting" of the bacteria making people sick, to detect and define outbreaks. PulseNet has been responsible for detection of hundreds of local and multi-state outbreaks, leading to prevention opportunities and continuous improvements in our food safety systems that might not otherwise have occurred.

Know Concentration Before Giving Acetaminophen to Infants – Dec 22 (FDA)

CDC Current Outbreak List – Dec 20 (CDC)
Infectious disease outbreaks currently being reported on by CDC. Listings include those outbreaks for which content is currently published on the CDC website.

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