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Stay informed with the most up-to-date information of interest to the CDC Washington policy community. Sent on a quarterly basis, the Global Health Newsletter informs policymakers about CDC's global health activities.

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WELCOME to the second quarter global health E-Brief, designed to inform readers about key global health activities at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Our second issue for 2008 spotlights the use of surveillance and research data to inform policies, and the life-saving power of these policy decisions - when implemented. For example, after a two-day meeting, 14 African countries made policy decisions that will impact over four million children -- with implementation, they will be eligible to receive a life-saving vaccine to prevent them from pneumonia and meningitis; and, CDC and the World Health Organization have developed a groundbreaking surveillance method to help prove the effectiveness of antiretroviroal treatment (ART) expansion programs.

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Since February 2008, CDC has been involved in the detection, verification, and investigation of a monkeypox outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. CDC supported deployment of a 9-person team to the affected area. The team engaged in epidemiologic investigations, health care worker education, ecologic survey activities and patient care. The CDC team helped train health care workers from across the affected area in monkeypox recognition, specimen collection, reporting, patient care and proper infection control practices. Surveillance data were reviewed to determine the extent and duration of the suspected epidemic, and information about interactions between people and wildlife was gathered to learn more about how the virus is transmitted from animals to people. As a result of the assistance, CDC and the Ministry of Health have strengthened their collaborations on orthopoxvirus research and disease detection and control.


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