CDC to Address Nuclear Response
On January 16th, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will present a session of Grand Rounds providing information about steps public health programs have taken on federal, state, and local levels to prepare for a nuclear detonation. According to the CDC, a nuclear detonation is unlikely, but the results would be devastating and time to take crucial protection steps would be limited.
In the event of a nuclear detonation, planning and prevention are essential to reduce deaths and subsequent illnesses. For example, sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to save lives and reduce radiation exposure, according to the CDC. Immediate response efforts would be led by federal, state, local, and public health officials.
The program will be presented by Dan Sosin, MD, MPH (Deputy Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response of the CDC), Capt. Michael Noska, MS (Radiation Safety Officer and Senior Advisor for Health Physics Chair of the Advisory Team for Environment, Food and Health (A Team), Office of the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and others.