Centers for Disease Control

Preparing for the worst
6:12 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Preparing for Ebola in St. Louis Could Cost Millions, Health Department Director Says

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After test results confirmed that a nurse in Dallas had contracted the deadly Ebola virus from a patient, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told hospitals to ‘start thinking Ebola’ when patients present flu-like symptoms.

Hospital officials in the St. Louis region say they’ve already done so. They've been working to determine protocols, train health workers and buy protective equipment. The virus is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids.

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Immunization / Children's Health
2:40 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Missouri childhood vaccination rates still below average

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Missouri is still near the bottom of the pack when it comes to childhood vaccination rates.

The results of the CDC's annual National Immunization Survey show about 68 percent of children under age 3 got all the required vaccinations in 2011. That's about the same as in 2010, and up from 56 percent in 2009.

In Illinois, vaccination rates fell from about 75 percent in 2010 to about 72 percent in 2011.

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Immunization / Children's Health
3:46 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Mo. jumps 11 spots in toddler immunization rankings

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Missouri is doing a better job of getting toddlers vaccinated for childhood diseases.

Results of the CDC’s National Immunization Survey show Missouri rose from last in the rankings in 2009 up to 39th last year.

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Smoking in Missouri
5:18 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Study: Fewer smokers in the Show-Me state

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Reporting from KCUR's Elana Gordon used in this report.

A decade ago, more than one in four Missourians smoked. Now, only about one in five smoke, and those who do smoke are doing so less often.

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Morning round-up
9:31 am
Mon June 20, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, June 20, 2011

The St. Louis Fire Department battled a five-alarm fire at the Chemisphere Corp., a solvent distributor early Monday morning. Three firefighters sustained minor injuries. The cause of the industrial fire is under investigation.
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St. Louis Industrial Fire Forces Evacuations Near Hampton

Updated 4:35 p.m. - All three firefighters were released from the hospital around noon.

A five-alarm fire in the 2100 block of Clifton at Chemisphere Corp., a solvent distributor, was reported at about 2:30 this morning, and was under control by 6 a.m.

St. Louis Fire Captain Dan Sutter said a few minor injuries were reported .

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Telephone Use
3:55 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Landline use falling by the wayside in Mo., Ill.

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If you use a cellphone instead of a landline, you aren’t alone. More people are dropping their landlines in exchange for a cellphone-only existence.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released estimates today showing a two year increase in Missouri and Illinois households making the switch to cellphones.

In Missouri:

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