This time last year public health officials were grappling with a meningitis outbreak linked to fungus found in tainted medication. Now officials are trying to rein in a different outbreak of meningitis, more specifically meningococcal disease, popping up on a college campus, including Princeton University.
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Selected Category: Prevention/Vaccination
December 9th, 2013 2:01 pm ET - Blog Administrator
November 20th, 2013 12:32 pm ET - Blog Administrator
With colder temperatures comes the holiday season, a new year, and of course, flu season!
Flu activity is currently low in the United States, but is expected to increase in the coming weeks, making now a great time to prepare. Flu infects millions of people every flu season and causes an estimated 200,000-plus people each year to be hospitalized.
October 22nd, 2013 8:44 am ET - Blog Administrator
One year ago, valley fever was a disease that few people outside of Arizona or Central California had heard of.
Caused by breathing in spores from a fungus that grows in the dirt throughout the Southwest, coccidioidomycosis – as it is formally known – can cause serious illness and a painful death. It spreads from the lungs to the bones, skin, and organs. It can cause lifelong pain and disability and require years of expensive medications. If you live in one of the 15 states that are required to report cases of the disease to the CDC, you have a greater chance of getting valley fever than you do AIDS, hepatitis, or Lyme disease.
May 7th, 2013 12:55 pm ET - Blog Administrator
Taking on the role of interim CDC director can be an intimidating task, but an impending pandemic can make the position exponentially more daunting. This is the situation Dr. Richard Besser faced in 2009 when he stepped into his new job. But Besser took the task head on and guided the country’s premier health agency through the H1N1 outbreak with skill and confidence. Through this experience Besser saw first hand how important communication is to building the publics’ trust and improving health behaviors.
January 9th, 2013 11:16 am ET - Blog Administrator
On December 18, 2012, CDC hosted a Public Health Grand Rounds promoting opportunities for the best quality of life for individuals with disabilities. You can access the event in the Grand Round archives.
The facts: One in six adult Americans live with a disability when defined by a limitation in function, and $400 billion is spent annually on disability-related health expenditures.
June 11th, 2012 2:11 pm ET - Blog Administrator
By Kara Stephens
Current Status: Public Health Nemesis
If you’ve been reading the news the past few weeks, you may have heard about the recent outbreak of pertussis that has reached epidemic levels in Washington. There have been 2,092 cases reported statewide through June 5, 2012, compared to 164 reported cases in 2011 during the same time period. Other states are also reporting increased levels or outbreaks of pertussis. Outbreaks reported in schools and communities as well as the beginning of summer camp season highlight the importance of public awareness. View the Pertussis Disease Villain’s rap sheet below to find out more about this public health nemesis.
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