Public Health

  • Harvested Rainwater Harbors Pathogens
    South Africa has been financing domestic rainwater harvesting tanks in informal low-income settlements and rural areas in five of that nation's nine provinces. But pathogens inhabit such harvested rainwater, potentially posing a public health hazard, especially for children ...More
    February 26, 2014 Posted in News
  • Nations Commit to Accelerating Progress Against Infectious Disease Threats
    Today the United States joined 26 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from the threat of infectious disease, ...More
    February 13, 2014 Posted in News
  • Business Pulse Connects CDC and Industry to Address Public Health Issues
    Every day, 1 in 20 hospitalized patients has an infection caused by medical care. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are costly to businesses and are potentially lethal to employees. In fact, HAIs create an economic burden of as much as $45 billion for citizens and ...More
    February 4, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Support to State, Local Programs Bolsters National Health Security
    Between 2012-2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supported multiple state and local public health responses, helping to strengthen the front lines of public health defense and bolster the nation’s health security. Examples of these responses, as well ...More
    January 29, 2014 Posted in News
  • Polio is No Longer Endemic in India
    Wild poliovirus has not been found in India since Jan. 13, 2011 meaning that, from that date, India is no longer a country where polio is endemic. Three years of being polio free is a notable milestone for the country as a whole, but the success of the immunization and ...More
    January 13, 2014 Posted in News
  • Funding Problems Threaten U.S. Disaster Preparedness
    The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York City prompted large increases in government funding to help communities respond and recover after man-made and natural disasters. But, this funding has fallen considerably since the economic crisis in 2008. Furthermore, disaster ...More
    January 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • Improper Use of Biocides in Food Production May Endanger Public Health
    Biocides used in the food industry at sublethal doses may be endangering, rather than protecting, public health by increasing antibiotic resistance in bacteria and enhancing their ability to form harmful biofilms, according to a study published ahead of print in Applied and ...More
    January 6, 2014 Posted in News
  • Internally Displaced People in South Sudan are at Great Risk of Disease Outbreaks
    The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has further deteriorated in the past two weeks, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Since the outbreak of violence in South Sudan on Dec. 15, 2013, the humanitarian needs have quickly been growing with a total of ...More
    January 2, 2014 Posted in News