Recent Outbreaks and Incidents - 2010

This page provides information on selected public health emergency topics of recent public interest. For a list of the latest updates posted on this web site, please see the What’s New page.

This image shows a diagnostic procedure testing for the presence of the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, the cause of cholera.

Haiti Cholera Outbreak (October 2010)
An outbreak of cholera was confirmed in Haiti on October 21, 2010. Cholera had not been documented in Haiti for decades so cholera outbreaks were considered unlikely in Haiti immediately following the earthquake in January, 2010.

Photo during a tropical storm

Hurricane Earl (September 2010)
Hurricane Earl, the second largest hurricane of 2010 is projected to impact residents along the East Coast of the United States. Be proactive and learn how to take the necessary steps to protect your health and safety before, during, and after the storm.

Photo of eggs in their container.

Salmonella and Eggs (August 2010)
Millions of eggs have been recalled due to thousands of people becoming sick from Salmonella Enteritidis. CDC is collaborating with public health officials in multiple states, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to investigate a nationwide increase of Salmonella Enteritidis infections. Learn more about Salmonella Enteritidis and the nationwide outbreak.

Oil Spill

Oil Spill (April 30, 2010)
An explosion aboard the Deep Water Horizon sinks the drilling rig, causing oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico.

Photo of tornado.

Southeastern U.S. Tornadoes (April 26, 2010)
Violent storms and tornadoes ripped through parts of the southeastern United States over the weekend. Knowing what to do when you see a tornado, or when you hear a tornado warning, can help protect you and your family.

Photo of Aerial view of the eruption of Eyjafjallajoekull.

Iceland Volcano Erupts (April 15, 2010)
The Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupts in Iceland creating floods in the area and producing high levels of volcanic ash prompting health concerns.

Photo of a flooded neighborhood.

Red River Valley – Minnesota/North Dakota Flooding (March 25, 2010)
The Red River crested at nearly 37 feet on March 20, causing severe flooding throughout the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota. Learn more about the situation and how to keep yourself safe after a flood.

Photo of a flooded neighborhood.

Red River Valley / North Dakota Flooding (March 15, 2010)
Above-normal amounts of precipitation, saturated soil, and melting of snow pack have caused a risk of major flooding along the Red River in North Dakota and Minnesota. The President has declared a state of emergency in North Dakota. Learn how to keep yourself safe during and after a flood.

Photo of ground after an earthquake.

Earthquake in Chile (February 27, 2010)
A magnitude-8.8 earthquake ravaged central and southern Chile. The hardest-hit areas were south in the Maule and Bio Bio regions along the coast. Learn what you can do to stay safe during and after an earthquake.

Photo of ground after an earthquake.

Earthquake in Haiti (January 12, 2010)
A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 12. Learn more about the earthquake, and learn what you can do to stay safe during and after an earthquake.

Page last reviewed: September 29, 2011