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US CDC postpones session on 'preparing for the unthinkable': a nuclear blast

03:18  13 january  2018
03:18  13 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has rescheduled a teaching session on the public health response to a nuclear blast that was to take place Tuesday. The session was to feature presentations from U.S. experts on public health preparedness and response and radiation, including

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has rescheduled a teaching session on the public health response to a nuclear blast that was supposed to take place Tuesday.

The session, which was to feature presentations from U.S. experts on public health preparedness and response and radiation, included a session titled "Preparing for the Unthinkable." The session, planned months ago, is part of a regular series of monthly webinars the CDC holds on health topics called Public Health Grand Rounds, officials have said.

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CDC postpones session on ' preparing for the unthinkable ': a nuclear blast squib. The session originally planned had drawn intense interest given escalating tensions between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un .

CDC postpones session on ‘ preparing for the unthinkable ’: a nuclear blast .

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But media interest in the topic was unusually strong, given the escalating tensions between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, including the most recent war of words over which leader has the larger nuclear arsenal and bigger "nuclear button."  About three dozen media outlets had expressed interest in attending the session, which is broadcast from CDC's headquarters in Atlanta. The initial CDC announcement featured a photograph of the distinctive mushroom cloud from a nuclear blast.

On Friday afternoon, CDC said the agency was changing the topic to influenza, and took down the mushroom cloud photo and the announcement about nuclear blast public health responses.

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16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will present a workshop titled “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation,” for doctors, government officials, emergency responders and others whom, if they survived, would be responsible for U.S. Rethinks Strategy for the Unthinkable .

"With the spike in flu cases around the country, this Grand Rounds will provide key and timely information for public health professionals on how to reduce the spread of seasonal flu in communities and adjust to spot shortages in antiviral drugs because of high influenza activity in some areas," the CDC said. "The previous public health topic will be rescheduled for a future Grand Rounds."

Public Health Grand Rounds are held to give the most up-to-date, scientifically accurate information to clinicians, researchers and others working in public health.

CDC's initial announcement about the public health response to a nuclear blast had described the session like this:

"While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps," according to the CDC website. "Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness.  For instance, most people don’t realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation.

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CDC postpones session on ' preparing for the unthinkable ': a nuclear blast .

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CDC postpones session on nuclear disaster preparedness .
The CDC has postponed a planned session on preparing for a nuclear disaster. The session, scheduled for Tuesday, will now be focused on the flu. The session was to take place Tuesday at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta and was supposed to stream live to anyone wishing to watch.

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