Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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Nov 13 2017
The latest quote from Tom Frieden is: “The fact is lower is better, Even what we considered mild hypertension before is a deadly disease.”. It comes from the Blood pressure of 130 is the new ‘high, ’ according to first update of guidelines in 14 years article. You’ll find on this page 72 articles with Tom Frieden quoted on topics such as Zika, Puerto Rico and kid. Tom Frieden has been quoted 122 times in 72 articles.
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Sep 12 2017

I had the luxury to sit back for a bit and ask what can I do that can save the most lives, and I ended up with two projects that are really at tipping

Sep 12 2017

After more than 25 years in government it's great to be in an organisation that can work at that

Sep 12 2017

Here we are really in a shameful situation. There are 1.4 billion people around the world with high blood pressure of whom 1.1 billion don't have it under control. That's despite the fact that the medicines are cheap, effective, safe and have been used in the west for more than 50 years. So it's kind of ironic that we have scaled up treatment for HIV and TB and other things but not for high blood pressure, which kills more people than all infectious diseases combined and is much simpler to treat and much simpler to monitor the treatment

Sep 12 2017

The first person put in charge of the outbreak was incompetent and spent more than four hours debating what to do with a corpse that had been embalmed and passed through Liberia. While he was having that four-hour debate with the entire team, a doctor and a nurse were dying in the back of an ambulance, no contacts were being traced, no facility was being found for treating Ebola patients and nothing was being done about screening at entry or

Sep 12 2017

With a kind of unique privileged perspective of having been CDC director for eight years and working in global health for more than 20 years, I was able to identify a couple of areas which I believe are really at a tipping point, where there's been a lot of good groundwork, there's a very strong set of policies and tools available but they are somewhere between stalled and moving very slowly right

Sep 12 2017

I think it is crucially important that we support the WHO, but I also think if the WHO is not able to deliver we can't fail the people who need the service. We do see the WHO as a crucial part of the solution here, and we'd like to see them become more effective than they are now, but by doing this from a non-governmental sector, we're able to move very quickly and very flexibly. For example, we don't need 200 countries to agree. We're not going to be reinventing the wheel. We're going to be getting the car

Sep 12 2017

Why should we have a toxin in our food that isn't necessary? We are talking about steady gradual

Aug 10 2017

It's an in-depth legal question of what these are and whether they'd be

Aug 10 2017

There's always the argument that declaring something an emergency increases attention to it, but in this case there's a lot of attention – just not a lot of effective action so

Aug 10 2017

[I]t could help, in the right context, as part of a comprehensive response, and if it encourages both funding and better collaboration between public health and law enforcement. If it's just a political statement not backed by money or commitment to more action, and if it's a way to propagate the criminalization of addiction, then it would be counterproductive. So, no easy talking point, but it depends on how it's

Jul 31 2017 - Twitter

This is not a natural disaster; it's one caused by overprescription of opiates and flooding of illegal opiates into the country. The critical measures for reversing the opioid epidemic are improving prescribing and increasing interdiction of illicit

Jul 07 2017

By listening to and supporting CDC staff, she can

Jun 08 2017 - Zika

The report mentions that only 18 percent of pregnancies they identified were in the first trimester, while you'd expect it to be a

Jun 08 2017 - Zika

What we often see with this type of infection, it's really bad in the first year and less bad in future years. That's why C.D.C. has retained its travel

May 23 2017 - Ethiopia

Tedros is an excellent choice to lead

Apr 04 2017

We're concerned that vaccination rates could be lower this year because the mist isn't available. A lot of kids prefer the mist to the

Mar 16 2017

CDC protects Americans in ways that aren't readily apparent. When CDC doesn't have the support and resources to do this, Americans are less healthy and less safe and health-care costs

Dec 30 2016 - Zika

We have a lot more to do to control both Zika and diseases spread by this

Dec 30 2016 - Zika

It's a startlingly complex infection. I really would hope that come April, if a budget is passed, it will include the Rapid Reserve Fund plan that was outlined in the House bill, which ideally would also have some spending authorities that would enable the government to act quickly in an emergency. It is certainly

Dec 22 2016 - Influenza

As a general rule, influenza is what concerns us most. We are always concerned about the possibility of re-assortment between animal flu and human flu so, this is something that we have been watching very closely. The Health Department contacted more than 80 percent of the people who adopted cats from the Manhattan shelter, and none is suspected of having

Dec 22 2016

But any time we have a new strain of flu spreading in animals and in humans we are very much on the

Dec 16 2016

Too many Americans are feeling the devastation of the opioid crisis either from misuse of prescription opioids or use of illicit opioids. Urgent action is needed to help health care providers treat pain safely and treat opioid use disorder effectively, support law enforcement strategies to reduce the availability of illicit opiates, and support states to develop and implement programs that can save

Dec 14 2016 - Zika

This is an important study. Zika poses a real risk throughout pregnancy, but especially in the first trimester; it's critical that pregnant women not travel to areas where Zika is

Dec 05 2016 - Obesity

The data speak for themselves. If you look for the goal we set for ourselves, and look at what happened, we didn't achieve

Nov 29 2016

We really risk stalling or reversing decades of progress on HIV

Nov 28 2016 - Zika

Most local cases are isolated dead

Nov 28 2016 - Zika

We know there is transmission in the border areas. But exactly where, we don't

Nov 22 2016 - Zika

Furthermore, people living in or visiting Miami-Dade County, including Miami Beach, particularly pregnant women, are still encouraged to continue to take steps to prevent mosquito bites and to follow guidelines for preventing sexual transmission. We cannot let down our

Nov 04 2016

We need to act now to better understand, contain and stop the spread of this drug-resistant fungus. This is an emerging threat, and we need to protect vulnerable patients and

Oct 18 2016

Many children with untreated cavities will have difficulty eating, speaking, and

Oct 03 2016 - Zika

There's a cost to protecting Americans from the dollars that were

Oct 03 2016 - Zika

Because we've had to wait these seven months, we haven't been able to get a running start on some of the critically important studies to understand more fully the impacts of Zika, to establish better diagnostic tests, to improve our way of controlling

Sep 29 2016

We do not think there will be any

Sep 29 2016 - Vaccine

Getting a flu vaccine is important for all of us, for our own protection and for the protection of those around us who may be more vulnerable to flu, such as young children, people with certain chronic health conditions and the

Sep 29 2016

Flu can strike anyone and it can strike hard. I'm getting vaccinated today and I ask that you join

Sep 20 2016

We need new antibiotics, but in all likelihood we're not going to invent our way out of

Sep 20 2016

It can undermine modern

Sep 19 2016 - Zika

We could see additional cases. People living in or visiting Miami-Dade County, particularly pregnant women, are encouraged to continue to take steps to prevent mosquito bites and to follow guidelines for preventing sexual

Sep 19 2016 - Zika

Still, we encourage people not to let down their guard. We could see additional

Sep 09 2016 - Zika

What we have seen is a very dramatic reduction in populations of the Aedes mosquitos

Sep 09 2016 - Zika

Zika is likely to become endemic in this

Sep 09 2016 - Zika

We will likely be dealing with this for decades to

Sep 09 2016 - Zika

Not only is this unanticipated, it's unprecedented. It's potentially catastrophic, and it's certainly that for the kind of brain damage we're

Sep 08 2016 - Zika

We're all hopeful that the Congress will come through with the money that's needed to respond effectively to

Sep 07 2016

While death certificates provide helpful information, the unfortunate reality is that they don't provide in-depth clinical

Aug 30 2016 - Zika

If they don't have money left in their grants, we don't have money left,

Aug 30 2016 - Zika

The cupboard is bare, there's no way to provide

Aug 30 2016 - Zika

What we've seen is very dramatic reduction in mosquito populations

Aug 30 2016 - Zika

We are not able to get a good running start on

Aug 24 2016 - Zika

We sent the state of Florida more than $35 million for Zika and other emergencies. That includes funds to purchase the other products they might want in a Zika prevention kit. We've already arranged for them and they will begin shipping on

Aug 23 2016 - Zika

It bites stealthily. It sneaks up on people quietly and bites them on their

Aug 23 2016 - Zika

This is just a really, really tough mosquito to control. It truly is the cockroach of mosquitoes and we don't get rid of cockroaches easily, especially in warm southern climates. The big question is how much is it going to continue to spread in Florida and other parts of the southern U.S. and nobody knows for

Aug 23 2016 - Zika

I went through every block in that area. You've got construction sites, you've got retail sites, you've got vacant lots, you've got high-class housing and you've got housing without

Aug 23 2016 - Zika

We wouldn't be surprised if we saw more local cases and more clusters. It is the middle of mosquito

Aug 23 2016 - Zika

It's gotten into a place where it's really hard to stop

Aug 19 2016 - Zika

The mosquitoes are persistent and we won't know for a couple of weeks whether these aggressive measures have

Aug 19 2016 - Zika

We're in the midst of mosquito season and expect more Zika infections in the days and months to come. It is difficult to predict how long active transmission will

Aug 18 2016 - Zika

We projected, based on the chikungunya experience, that Zika might infect a quarter of the population in the first year and it is very much on track to do

Aug 18 2016 - Zika

People in Puerto Rico are saying Zika isn't like

Aug 18 2016 - Zika

We think there will be as many as 200 additional cases, given the overall number of infections

Aug 18 2016 - Zika

There is a lot we don't know about

Aug 02 2016 - Zika

It could be that the mosquitoes there are resistant to the insecticide being used. It could take weeks for federal and state officials to figure that

Aug 02 2016

It's possible mosquitoes are resistant to the insecticide being

Aug 01 2016 - Zika

This is a very difficult mosquito to

Jul 30 2016 - Zika

That's a stunning number and reflects an explosion of

Jul 29 2016 - Zika

But "we don't expect widespread transmission in the continental United

Jul 15 2016 - Zika

Zika is both unprecedented and

Jul 07 2016 - Zika

Multiple independent data sources indicate that at current trends, thousands of pregnant women in Puerto Rico will catch

Jul 04 2016 - Zika

There is no doubt in my mind that if any other part of the U.S. had this much Zika, they would be spraying

Jul 04 2016 - Zika

I am just worried we are going to look back in four or five months and say, Why didn't we do more,

Jul 04 2016 - Zika

The president calls the situation in Puerto Rico a crisis and it

Jul 04 2016 - Zika

I have heard over and over again 'I don't know anyone with

Jul 04 2016 - Zika

I can say that it is different from Ebola, where we saw horrible deaths. Zika is much more theoretical. If I am not a woman of reproductive age or if I am not pregnant, then my risks are very different. There is a long time horizon

Jun 17 2016 - Zika

This is a test that measures actual Zika virus in the blood. It's highly sensitive and highly

Jun 17 2016 - Zika

Summer is heating up and so is Zika. This could lead to dozens or hundreds of infants being born with microcephaly in the coming

Jun 17 2016 - Zika

Perhaps a 2 percent rate of infection each month. This means over the course of many months, i.e., a nine-month pregnancy, there is a substantial chance a woman would become

Jun 09 2016 - Zika

I know that there are people of good will in both houses of Congress, in both parties, who understand it's an emergency, who want to make it happen. Congress did the right thing with Ebola, and I'm hopeful they'll do the right thing in Zika. The sooner they do it, the better it's going to

May 31 2016

The medicine cabinet is empty for some patients. It is the end of the road for antibiotics unless we act

May 26 2016

We risk being in a post-antibiotic

May 26 2016 - Antimicrobial resistance

We know now that the more we look, the more we are going to find. The more we look at drug resistance, the more concerned we

May 26 2016

It was an old antibiotic, but it was the only one left for what I called nightmare bacteria, carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, or

Apr 28 2016

The United States has made remarkable progress in reducing both teen pregnancy and racial and ethnic differences, but the reality is, too many American teens are still having

Apr 13 2016 - Zika

It is now clear … that Zika does cause microcephaly. We believe the microcephaly is likely to be part of a range of birth

Apr 13 2016

Reducing exposure to mosquitoes for everyone where the virus is circulating is

Apr 13 2016

Never before have we seen an illness spread by mosquitoes leading to a birth

Mar 22 2016

No other medicine routinely given for a non fatal condition kills so frequently. We have seen a four-fold increase in prescribing associated with a four-fold increase in

Mar 19 2016

I'm very concerned. There could be thousands of infections of pregnant women this year. There's a fair amount of pessimism about this among the people who tried to fight dengue and chikungunya. Really intense efforts to control mosquitoes have made very little

Mar 15 2016

Overprescribing opioids, largely for chronic pain, is a key driver of America's drug-overdose

Mar 10 2016

We don't really know where these mosquitoes are in the United

Mar 10 2016 - Zika

The more we learn about Zika in pregnancy, the more concerned we

Mar 08 2016

Until a few months ago, no one had any idea that Zika could cause birth

Mar 08 2016

The combination of those two things, when you add Zika in, means the likelihood of a very large number of cases. In rest of the United States, we may see

Feb 10 2016 - Zika

This is the strongest evidence to date that Zika virus is the cause of

Feb 10 2016

We're not aware of any other mosquito-borne cause of birth

Jan 05 2016

The e-cigarette advertising we're seeing is like the old-time Wild West. No rules, no regulations and heavy spending advertising the

Jan 05 2016

The same advertising tactics the tobacco industry used years ago to get kids addicted to nicotine are now being used to entice a new generation of young people to use

Jan 05 2016

What's happening is widespread marketing of e-cigarettes that kids are

Feb 02 2015

We are very concerned by the growing number of people who are susceptible to measles, and the possibility that we could have a large outbreak in this country as a

Feb 02 2015

What you do for your own kids doesn't just affect your family– it affects other families as

Oct 10 2014 - Morocco

This is a fluid and heterogeneous epidemic. It's changing quickly and it's going to be a long fight. I will say that in the 30 years that I've been working in public health the only thing like this has been AIDS and we have to work now so this is not the world's next

Oct 05 2014

We are confident that none of those with definite contact have any symptoms related to Ebola, none of them had fever. We'll be watching that very closely, particularly for those nine individuals in the coming

Oct 01 2014

The incubation period is eight to ten days after exposure. It can be as short as two days or as long as 21 days. It's a severe disease, which has a high case fatality rate even with the best of care, but there are core tried and true public health interventions that stop

Oct 01 2014

I have no doubt that we will control this importation, this case of Ebola so it does not spread widely in this country. It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual – a family member or other individual – could develop Ebola in the coming weeks. But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it

Oct 09 2009 - Vaccine

We have cut no corners. This flu vaccine is made as flu vaccine is made each year, by the same companies, in the same production facilities with the same procedures, with the same safety

Aug 08 2003

If you're going out dusk to dawn, wear long sleeves and use

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