Hurricane Season begins today. Planning what to do before a disaster strikes provides the best protection for you and your family. Follow these tips to make sure you and your family are ready. http://1.usa.gov/1JeBHHc
Scientists in the US are working hard to protect Ebola responders in West Africa. CDC #DiseaseDetective Selcen is one of the go-to experts on personal protective equipment (PPE). “I feel more satisfied about my job, because I see the impact. There’s more awareness about the value of PPE in protecting workers against Ebola but also protecting workers other workplace hazards as well.” Read more of her story: http://1.usa.gov/1Ev9PGB
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Federal Lab Consortium Awards. CDC staff were recognized for accomplishing outstanding work in the process of transferring federally developed technology. Honorees transferred technology to detect H1N1 and other types of influenza (flu) viruses. The team quickly developed and commercialized diagnostic test kits that were produced on a large-scale and used by multiple labs worldwide. This proved very important to evaluate patient samples for influenza, particularly during outbreaks.
New #CDCGrandRounds Beyond the Data Video: CDC’s Dr. Phoebe Thorpe and Dr. Marc Fischer continue the discussion on prevention and control measures for Aedes mosquito-borne diseases. Reducing mosquito exposure and controlling mosquito populations is currently the best preventive measure. http://bit.ly/1Kp2Asa
CDC’s #DiseaseDetective Ron typically helps to ensure response and recovery workers are properly protected to perform their jobs safely. In response to the Ebola outbreak, Ron was part of a team that visited hospitals to evaluate their readiness to safely care for a patient with Ebola. “You see the dedication of healthcare workers who step up and are willing to go in there and make patients feel as comfortable as possible.” Read his story: http://1.usa.gov/1ei24z1.
It takes a special kind of lab expert to volunteer to work in a field laboratory. They work 10-14 hour days in extreme conditions wearing full personal protective equipment--sometimes in temperatures that reach the high 90s. On top of that, as many as 175 samples arrive daily at the lab by motorbike, helicopter, or bus! CDC responders Brian and John worked in West Africa labs during the Ebola epidemic. Read their stories on the challenges of working in the field that also became the highlight of their public health careers. http://1.usa.gov/1AFIDu7
As CDC’s Infection Prevention and Control team lead in Sierra Leone, Jeff visited over 100 health centers and hospitals to assess whether medical staff were using health and safety best practices. “I’ll never forget their smiles, how they welcomed CDC, and how grateful they were for our efforts,“ says Jeff. Read his story: http://1.usa.gov/1LD3232#DiseaseDetective
As part of the first team deployed to work at the Monrovia Medical Unit in Liberia, Karen Wong, M.D., M.P.H, explains how she used her scuba diving skills to work safely and effectively in an Ebola treatment unit. “Once you put your personal protective equipment on, your countdown starts in terms of how long you’re able to stay in there comfortably,” explained Dr. Wong. Read her story as a CDC #DiseaseDetective here: http://1.usa.gov/1PKqG42
When CDC employees were deployed to Liberia to fight Ebola, Gayle was one of the first safety officers there to ensure their safety and security. “I felt compelled to go to Africa because I’ve always wanted to make a difference on a global scale,” said Gayle. “Even though I didn’t work directly with Ebola patients or go out into the communities, I was there to keep employees safe.” Read her story: http://1.usa.gov/1cg6u7M #DiseaseDetective
Today’s CDC Public Health Grand Rounds will highlight the importance of preventing Aedes mosquito-borne diseases and the need for improved diagnostic, prevention and control measures. Join us at 1:00 pm ET for the live webcast. Follow @CDC_NCEZID on Twitter and use the hashtag #CDCGrandRounds to participate in the event. http://1.usa.gov/1yCCZ5C
Christina’s first trip abroad was to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone. “It was truly an eye opening experience” says Christina, who helped with data management for CDC. “Even though there is still work to be done, some of it can’t be quantified. We’ll never know the number of people who don’t get Ebola because of CDC’s efforts.” Read her story as a CDC #DiseaseDetective: http://1.usa.gov/1c09a9z