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Recent Outbreaks and Incidents

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.

Scientist in a hazmat suitEbola Outbreak in West Africa (March 2014-present)
Since March 2014, CDC, along with domestic and international governments and partners, have been working to stop an outbreak of Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) in West Africa.

Photo of mud and debris sliding down a hill.Washington Oso Mudslide (March 2014)
On March 22, 2014, a major mudslide occurred 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Oso, Washington, United States. Learn more about what to do before, during and after a mudslide.

Photo of a lake surrounded by mountains. West Virginia Chemical Release (January 2014)
On January 9, 2014, an estimated 10,000 gallons of an industrial chemical, 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM), spilled into the Elk River just upstream from the Kanawha County municipal water intake in Charleston, West Virginia.

Photo of a winter scene. Polar Vortex (Dec 2013 - Jan 2014)
Southward shifts of the North Polar Vortex brought major cold air outbreaks to the Northern Hemisphere. Learn how to protect yourself and others during extreme cold weather.

Ready: Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.Social Media at CDC Emergency

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