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Atlas of Salmonella in the United States

An Atlas of Salmonella in the United States, 1968-2011 
This CDC publication summarizes 42 years of laboratory-confirmed surveillance data on Salmonella isolates (pure strains separated from specimens with more than one bacteria) from humans. It includes: analyses by age, sex, geography, and season; and reports of Salmonella isolates from animals and related sources (e.g., environment and feeds).

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 10:30

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CDC Vital Signs Program

CDC Vitals Signs offers recent data and calls to action for important public health issues.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2012 15:11

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Patient Safety

WAVE: Preventing Infections in Hospitals
People can get infections in hospitals and other healthcare setttings while being treated for another condition, since medical procedures can expose patiencs to certain germs. Do the WAVE against healthcare-associated infections.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 10:04

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Ctr for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP)

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
CIDRAP provides advice, information and analysis on the prevention, control, and treatment of infectious diseases and in public health preparedness.


Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:42

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ATCC: The Global Bioresource Center

As a global biological materials resource and standards organization, ATCC serves and supports the worldwide scientific community with industry-standard products and innovative solutions. Our microbiology portfolio supports research for infectious disease, antibiotic-resistance mechanisms, food /water testing, and population studies with fully authenticated and characterized ATCC Genuine Cultures and Genuine Nucleics.

Learn more at www.atcc.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 10:03

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U.S. State Health Departments

Public Health Resources: State Health Departments.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 July 2011 11:14

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World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 July 2011 11:15

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Infectious Disease Laboratory Testing

Infectious Disease Laboratory Testing
The ASM Committees on Laboratory Practices and Professional Affairs have developed guidance documents for the detection of infectious diseases.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 16:09

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Association of Public Health Laboratories

The new issue of Lab Matters is here!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 16:33

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HealthMap, founded in 2006, is an established global leader in utilizing online informal sources for disease outbreak monitoring. The freely available website 'healthmap.org' and mobile app 'Outbreaks Near Me' deliver real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers. HealthMap brings together disparate data sources, including online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports, to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. Through an automated process, updating 24/7/365, the system monitors, organizes, integrates, filters, visualizes and disseminates online information about emerging diseases in nine languages, facilitating early detection of global public health threats.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 July 2011 11:11

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Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

CDC Changes Accessioning Process.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:49

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Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

CDC MMWR- Competency Guidelines for Public Health Laboratory Professionals 
Published May 15, 2015

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016 16:29

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Clinical Lab Improvement Amendments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates all laboratory testing (except research) performed on humans in the U.S. through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). In total, CLIA covers approximately 200,000 laboratory entities. The Division of Laboratory Services, within the Survey and Certification Group, under the Center for Medicaid and State Operations (CMSO) has the responsibility for implementing the CLIA Program. The objective of the CLIA program is to ensure quality laboratory testing. Although all clinical laboratories must be properly certified to receive Medicare or Medicaid payments, CLIA has no direct Medicare or Medicaid program responsibilities.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 July 2011 11:10

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Laboratory Response Network

The Laboratory Response Network (LRN) was established by the Department of Health and Human Services, CDC in accordance with Presidential Decision Directive 39, which outlined national anti-terrorism policies and assigned specific missions to federal departments and agencies. Through a collaborative effort involving LRN founding partners, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Association of Public Health Laboratories, the LRN became operational in August 1999. Its objective was to ensure an effective laboratory response to bioterrorism by helping to improve the nation's public health laboratory infrastructure, which had limited ability to respond to bioterrorism.

Today, the LRN is charged with the task of maintaining an integrated network of state and local public health, federal, military, and international laboratories that can respond to bioterrorism, chemical terrorism and other public health emergencies. The LRN is a unique asset in the nation's growing preparedness for biological and chemical terrorism. The linking of state and local public health laboratories, veterinary, agriculture, military, and water- and food-testing laboratories is unprecedented.


Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 14:47

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FDA-Approved Devices

A catalog of cleared and approved medical device information from the FDA. It includes links to the device summary information, manufacturer, approval date, user instructions, and other consumer information. Devices@FDA searches the following databases: PMN-510(k) Premarket Notification; PMA-Premarket Approval; and HDE-Humanitarian Device Exemption.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:03

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National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the nation’s medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world and is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 July 2011 11:14

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State Public Health Lab Emergency Contacts

The Emergency Contact Directory for State Public Health Laboratories has been updated.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:38

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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the U.S. government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS represents almost a quarter of all federal outlays, and it administers more grant dollars than all other federal agencies combined. HHS’ Medicare program is the nation’s largest health insurer, handling more than 1 billion claims per year. Medicare and Medicaid together provide health care insurance for one in four Americans.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 November 2011 12:29

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Agency for Healthcare and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As 1 of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports research that helps people make more informed decisions and improves the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 December 2011 13:27

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