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CDC Global Health Security Projects In Uganda, Vietnam Boost Disease Response

Three news outlets report on findings published in the CDC’s journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, regarding global health security projects in Uganda and Vietnam.

CBS News: CDC: Other countries’ health threats can affect U.S.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that just because there’s a disease outbreak overseas, doesn’t mean people on U.S. shores won’t be affected. On a conference call with media on Thursday, the CDC emphasized that the threat of global infection is real, especially with widespread worldwide travel approaching due to the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Chinese New Year well underway…” (Castillo, 1/30).

CIDRAP News: CDC pilot programs boost disease response in Uganda, Vietnam
“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released details about efforts to enhance disease detection in Uganda and Vietnam that could provide a model for helping other countries protect their citizens and the wider global community from health threats…” (Schnirring, 1/30).

Science Speaks: CDC Global Health Security projects speed improvements to infectious disease responses
Last year, the CDC planned “two quick and intensive collaborative efforts to determine how rapidly and effectively countries’ capacities to identify, communicate, respond to and prevent public health threats could be developed. The results, in this week’s CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, showed that laboratories, emergency operations, communication and surveillance systems were enhanced in six months to respond more quickly and comprehensively to public health threats. The results, [CDC Director Thomas] Frieden said, can serve as a model for other countries…” (Barton, 1/30).