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04/14/2014 08:30 AM
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for April 14, 2014 - When in Doubt, Throw it Out!
After flooding, identify and throw away food that may not be safe to eat. Throw away any food that may have come in contact with flood or storm water. Throw away food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture; If the power has been off for 4 hours or more, throw away foods in your refrigerator. Throw away any canned foods that are bulging, opened, or damaged. When in doubt, throw it out. Learn more about food safety following a flood.
04/10/2014 02:45 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!
You could say that those of us who work in preparedness are a little obsessed with making sure we've got our emergency kits stocked and ready, our emergency plans up to date, and our neighbors are ready too. So we've got a few households in Georgia ready for a public health emergency (and a few others around the country - don't forget about friends and family!), but how do we get the country ready? How do we get the government and other response organizations prepared? Check out our new Public Health Matters blog about how CDC participates in national exercises to assess and improve our preparedness.
04/10/2014 02:40 AM
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for April 10, 2014 - Always follow local safety instructions during floods.
Pay attention to flood watches and warnings. Follow local safety instructions and take steps to protect you and your family.
04/08/2014 12:00 PM
NEW: COCA Email Updates: March 24 - April 7, 2014
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for April 7, 2014
04/01/2014 02:15 PM
Upcoming COCA Call/Webinar: Tickborne Diseases: A Springtime Review of Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 2PM (ET)
From May through July, people get tick bites and tickborne diseases more often than any other time of year in the United States. Tickborne diseases can cause symptoms that range from mild to life-threatening. Early recognition and treatment of tickborne diseases decreases the risk of serious complications. During this COCA call, CDC subject matter experts will describe the signs and symptoms, treatment, management, and prevention of tickborne diseases in the U.S., with an emphasis on Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Environmental Hazard News

05/01/2009 05:00 AM
Uranium (U) Toxicity | ATSDR - Environmental Medicine & Environmental Health Education - CSEM
  • Everyone is exposed to uranium in food, air, and water as part of the natural environment.
  • Most exposures do not warrant monitoring or treatment.
  • Populations most heavily exposed to uranium are those employed in mining and milling operations, or in uranium enrichment and processing activities.
  • Natural and depleted uranium are primarily chemical toxicants, with radiation playing a minor role or no role at all.
  • Outcomes that may occur with uranium overexposure, based on both observed human effects and animal studies, include non-malignant respiratory disease (fibrosis, emphysema) and nephrotoxicity.
  • Nephrotoxicity should reverse as overexposure ceases.
  • Alpha radiation (such as that from uranium) is classified as a human carcinogen. However, human studies have not found elevated rates of cancer from uranium exposure, and hi...
12/18/2008 04:00 AM
Chromium Toxicity | ATSDR - Environmental Medicine & Environmental Health Education - CSEM
  • The toxicity of chromium compounds depends on the oxidation state of the metal.
  • Occupational exposure to chromium(VI) compounds has been associated with increased incidence of lung cancer.
  • Chromium(III) is an essential nutrient that can be toxic in large doses.

05/23/2008 05:00 AM
Beryllium Toxicity | ATSDR - Environmental Medicine & Environmental Health Education - CSEM
  • Beryllium produces health effects ranging from sensitization without evidence of disease to clinically apparent pulmonary disease.
  • Chronic beryllium disease may be misdiagnosed as sarcoidosis.
  • Immunologic tests can detect beryllium sensitization and help clinicians differentiate between chronic beryllium disease and other interstitial lung diseases.

05/23/2008 05:00 AM
Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) Toxicity | ATSDR - Environmental Medicine & Environmental Health Education - CSEM
  • Tetrachloroethylene is used mainly as a solvent for dry cleaning and metal degreasing.
  • Like most chlorinated solvents, tetrachloroethylene can cause central nervous system depression.
  • Chronic exposure to tetrachloroethylene may adversely affect the neurological system, liver, and kidneys.
  • Tetrachloroethylene is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen on the basis of limited evidence from studies in humans and sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in experimental animals.

05/12/2008 05:00 AM
Taking an Exposure History | ATSDR - Environmental Medicine & Environmental Health Education - CSEM
  • Because many environmental diseases either manifest as common medical problems or have nonspecific symptoms, an exposure history is vital for correct diagnosis.
  • By taking a thorough exposure history, the primary care clinician can play an important role in detecting, treating, and preventing disease due to toxic exposure.

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