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Emergency Response News

07/21/2014 10:30 AM
NEW: Hurricane Health & Safety Tip - July 21, 2014 - Returning Home After a Disaster
There are often many hazards in a hurricane-damaged home. Learn how to stay safe when it?s time to return home.
07/18/2014 01:30 PM
NEW: Unaccompanied Children at the Border
CDC understands that people may have concerns about issues related to unaccompanied children from Central America who are crossing into the United States. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are leading the humanitarian response, which includes housing, feeding, and providing necessary medical evaluation and treatment to protect public health. In support of HHS and DHS activities, CDC is providing consultation on medical screening, surveillance, and public health response when requested.
07/15/2014 01:15 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - Prep Check! Lockheed Martin
Introducing Prep Check! Our new video series explores disaster preparedness at places that you visit, work, and play. Our first webisode took us to Lockheed Martin, where we learned what the company does to protect its organization and employees in an emergency. Check it out!
07/14/2014 10:45 AM
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for July 9, 2014 - Be Prepared
Inform local authorities about your special needs before a hurricane strikes.
07/09/2014 08:30 AM
NEW: Emergency Health and Safety Tip for July 9, 2014 - Be Prepared for an Emergency
Learn about your community's emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters.

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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