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Recent Outbreaks and Incidents - 2008

This page provides information on selected public health emergency topics of recent public interest. For a list of the latest updates posted on this web site, please see the What's New page.

Photo of a winter scene.Severe Winter Weather (December 2008)
An ice storm knocked out power across the Northeast United States. Learn how to stay safe in severe cold when the power goes out.

Photo of firefighter at wildfire.Wildfires (November 2008)
Wildfires in California have destroyed hundreds of homes. Learn how to stay safe when wildfires are a threat.

MelamineMelamine in Food Products Manufactured in China (October 2008)
News reports and the World Health Organization (WHO) state that tens of thousands of infants in China consumed infant formula contaminated with melamine.

Satellite photo of hurricane.Hurricanes (August/September 2008)
Learn what you can do to be prepared before a hurricane, what to do during the storm, and how to stay safe in the aftermath.

Photo of ground after an earthquake.Earthquakes (July 2008)
A magnitude-5.8 earthquake struck just east of Los Angeles on July 29. Quakes of that magnitude are considered "moderate" by the U.S. Geological Survey, and can cause slight damage to buildings and others structures.

Satellite photo of hurricane.Hurricane (July 2008)
Hurricane Dolly struck the Texas-Mexico coastline July 23. Learn what you can do to be prepared before a hurricane, what to do during the storm, and how to stay safe in the aftermath.

Photo of a flooded neighborhood.Floods (June 2008)
Basic facts to help protect your personal health and safety.

SalmonellaSalmonella Saintpaul (June 2008)
CDC collaborated with public health officials in several states, the Indian Health Service, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of human Salmonella serotype Saintpaul infections.

MeaslesMeasles (January 1-April 25, 2008)
Measles, a highly contagious acute viral disease, can result in serious complications and death. During January 1-April 25, 2008, a total of 64 confirmed measles cases were preliminarily reported to CDC, the most reported by this date for any year since 2001.

Photo of ground after an earthquake.Earthquakes (April 2008)
In April, a magnitude-4.7 earthquake hit the Reno, Nevada area and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake shook southern Illinois. By planning and practicing what to do in the event of an earthquake, you and your family can learn to react quickly and safely when the shaking begins.

SalmonellaSalmonella Agona (April 2008)
CDC collaborated with public health officials in multiple states across the United States and with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Agona infections.

SeleniumSelenium (March 2008)
Recall of dietary supplements has brought attention to selenium, a naturally occurring trace mineral element found in rocks and soils. It is needed in small amounts for good health, but exposure to high levels can result in neurological effects, brittle hair, and deformed nails.

Photo of tornado.Tornadoes (March 2008)
Knowing what to do when you see a tornado, or when you hear a tornado warning, can help protect you and your family.

Photo of a flooded class=Floods (March 2008)
Facts to protect your health and safety.

Photo of firefighter at wildfire.Wildfires (March 2008)
Learn how to stay safe when wildfires are a threat.

RicinRicin (February 2008)
Ricin is made from the waste left over from processing castor beans, and can be extremely lethal. It has some potential medical uses, such as bone marrow transplants and cancer treatment (to kill cancer cells).

Satellite FuelSatellite Fuel (February 2008)
Hydrazine is the rocket fuel found on the satellite that was destroyed February 20. Hydrazines are clear, colorless liquids with an ammonia-like odor. Hydrazines are used as rocket propellants and fuels, boiler water treatments, chemical reactants, medicines, and in cancer research.

School ViolenceSchool Violence (February 2008)
School shootings are sobering and tragic events that cause much concern about the safety of children. CDC has assembled a collection of resources on violence prevention to help parents, students, and school personnel cope with the aftermath of a traumatic event.

Photo of tornado.Recent Tornadoes (February 2008)
Knowing what to do when you see a tornado, or when you hear a tornado warning, can help protect you and your family.

Avian FluAvian Flu
Get the latest information about bird flu.

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