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One year later: Zika reflections and a look ahead

On January 22, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its Emergency Operations Center to fight Zika, which is one of the most complex outbreak responses in the agency’s history.

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UN General Assembly Elevates Antibiotic Resistance to Crisis Level

What do we do if antibiotics no longer work and are no longer the “miracle drug” we’ve all come to take for granted since at least the 1940s? This question was a key topic at the 71st session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York City this week.

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World No Tobacco Day 2016: Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products

Every year, on May 31, countries around the world celebrate World No Tobacco Day, which highlights effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. This year, World No Tobacco Day focuses on plain packaging, which is a tobacco control strategy related to health warnings. Plain packaging refers to measures that restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colors and brand images or promotional information on tobacco packaging.

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The Last Patient: Countdown to an Ebola-Free Sierra Leone

On Monday, the last known Ebola patient in Sierra Leone walked out of the Mateneh Ebola treatment center. According to news reports, Adama Sankoh was met with a festive ceremony upon exiting the Freetown, Sierra Leone, clinic as a healthy, Ebola-free woman. Her discharge from the facility marks the beginning of the West African nation’s 42-day countdown and waiting period for any new cases of Ebola.

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World No Tobacco Day Provides Reminder of Tobacco's Human Costs

Each year the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people, more than three times the number of people killed by alcohol use, murder and suicide combined. Unless strong action is taken, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030.

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If You Can Measure It, You Can Change It

Over the last seven years of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, we have followed the axiom that “public health problems that can be measured can be changed.” Monitoring an epidemic helps to determine the scope of a problem and identify the appropriate intervention approaches.

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Partnerships Advance Global Influenza Vaccination Campaigns

Last year, Walgreens Company donated 375,000 doses of influenza vaccine to the government of Laos in support of a collaborative effort between CDC, WHO and the Lao Ministry of Health to develop the country’s influenza public heath capacities. Building on last year’s success, CDC, with the CDC Foundation, broadened the public-private partnership and formed a coalition to continue the campaign.

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Population Covered by a Ban on Tobacco Advertising Has Doubled

The number of people worldwide covered by at least one life-saving tobacco control measure has more than doubled in the last five years. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2013, about 2.3 billion people now benefit from at least one effective tobacco control measure. The report, released today in Panama City, focuses on bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. 

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Tobacco Control Efforts To Save 7 Million Lives by 2050

The Bulletin of the World Health Organization recently published a study that shows more than 7 million lives will be saved around the world by 2050 as a result of tobacco control measures put into place between 2007 and 2010.

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