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07/02/2015 08:00 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - Celebrating the Fourth of July: Be Healthy, Be Prepared
As you celebrate the 4th with patriotic pride, cooking out, fireworks, and enjoying time with friends and family?take a little time to think about preparedness!
06/24/2015 02:40 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - CDC Offers Hope in Fighting Brain-Eating Ameba
When 12-year-old Kali developed a nearly fatal infection caused by a ?brain-eating? ameba known as Naegleria fowleri, her only hope of treatment was an investigational drug recently acquired by CDC?s Drug Service program. Read more about Kali?s story and the lifesaving CDC program that provides licensed physicians in the U.S. with investigational new drugs that are not readily available through pharmaceutical companies.
06/19/2015 05:45 PM
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 381 - Clinical Considerations for the Evaluation of Ill Travelers from Liberia to the United States
CDC recommends that healthcare providers consider not only Ebola virus disease (EVD), but also other much more likely infectious diseases, including malaria, when evaluating ill travelers from Liberia to the United States. Signs and symptoms of EVD are non-specific and overlap with many other more prevalent infectious diseases in West Africa. For any patient returning from West Africa and presenting with non-specific signs and symptoms consistent with EVD, providers should use clinical judgment, taking into account the patient?s epidemiological history for management, diagnostic testing, and treatment and coordinate healthcare as needed with the state or local health department to ensure that these patients get appropriate care without delay. The rapid identification of the cause of an acute illness in a Person Under Investigation (PUI) enables rapid treatment and resolution of symptoms.
06/17/2015 03:40 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - Tiny Turtle?Serious Health Threat
Wild or pet turtles may be cute and fun to pick-up and play with, but they can carry bacteria that may make you seriously sick. Turtles, particularly small turtles, can carry Salmonella?the bacteria that causes salmonellosis. In 2012, there were eight multi-state outbreaks of turtle-associated salmonellosis in the U.S. and in Puerto Rico, resulting in 78 hospitalizations; 70% of those affected were children under age 10. Learn about the laws in place to prevent turtle-associated salmonellosis in the U.S. in the latest Public Health Matters post.
06/15/2015 08:00 PM
Upcoming COCA Call: Clinical Updates with a Global Perspective
During this COCA call, clinicians will receive guidance for healthcare providers presented with a patient who has traveled from Liberia in the last 21 days. Clinicians will get guidance on taking thorough histories (covering health, travel, and exposure) and on using clinical judgment to evaluate patients based on those histories and their symptoms, and will be advised to consider other illnesses occurring among travelers returning from West Africa in the differential diagnosis, including malaria.

Environmental Hazard News

05/01/2009 09:00 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 09:00 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 09:00 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 09:00 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 09:00 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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