CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response

CDC releases interim guidance on Zika testing and interpretation of results - Media Statement

Tue, 31 May 2016 16:23:00 EDT

CDC published interim guidance for Zika virus antibody testing and interpretation of results. Because of the differences in recommended clinical management of Zika and dengue virus infections, and the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes in women infected with Zika virus during pregnancy, a conservative approach to the interpretation of antibody test results is necessary to reduce the possibility of a missed diagnosis of either infections.

Discovery of first mcr-1 gene in E. coli bacteria found in a human in United States - Media Statement

Tue, 31 May 2016 13:17:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is part of a coordinated public health response after the Department of Defense (DoD) announced the discovery of the first mcr-1 gene found in bacteria in a human in the United States.

New NIOSH resource helps older workers navigate safe driving - Media Advisory

Fri, 27 May 2016 10:30:00 EDT

CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a new web resource to help employers and workers adopt practices that keep workers age 55 or older safe on the road.

CDC Director Addresses National Press Club - Transcript

Thu, 26 May 2016 18:47:00 EDT

CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., discussed the latest news and developments in the Zika virus outbreak today at the National Press Club.

CDC Director Addresses National Press Club: Video Availability - Media Advisory

Thu, 26 May 2016 15:02:00 EDT

CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., will discuss the latest news and developments in the Zika virus outbreak today at the National Press Club. He will discuss what we have learned while fighting Zika, and what needs to be done to halt this outbreak.

CDC adds Argentina to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Thu, 26 May 2016 14:32:00 EDT

Today, CDC posted a Zika virus travel notice for Argentina. Local transmission of Zika virus infection (Zika) has been reported in Tucumán Province, Argentina. CDC has issued travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced precautions”) for people traveling to destinations with Zika. For a full list of affected countries/regions, visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.

NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 389 - Diagnostic Testing of Urine Specimens for Suspected Zika Virus Infection

Wed, 25 May 2016 17:00:00 EDT

On May 13, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued interim guidance (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6518e1.htm) that recommends Zika virus rRT-PCR testing of urine collected less than 14 days after symptom onset, along with testing of patient-matched serum samples, for the diagnosis of suspected Zika virus infection (1). The purpose of this Health Alert Network (HAN) health update is to further disseminate information about the interim guidance to clinical and public health professionals.

Global Health Security in Vietnam - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 23 May 2016 08:02:00 EDT

Preventing, detecting and responding to outbreaks in Vietnam

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Zika Virus Update - 5-20-2016 - Transcript

Fri, 20 May 2016 19:11:00 EDT

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Zika Virus Update - 5-20-2016

CDC Changes Reporting of Numbers of Pregnant Women affected by Zika Virus - Media Statement

Fri, 20 May 2016 10:31:00 EDT

To gain a more complete picture of the impact of Zika virus infection during pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today will begin reporting the total number of pregnant women with Zika virus infection from two newly established enhanced surveillance systems: the US Zika Pregnancy Registry and the Puerto Rico Zika Active Pregnancy Surveillance System.

CDC Telebriefing: Zika Virus Update - Media Advisory

Fri, 20 May 2016 10:02:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to provide an update on the Zika Virus

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Serious violations lead to closures of U.S. public pools & other aquatic venues - Transcript

Thu, 19 May 2016 16:36:00 EDT

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Serious violations lead to closures of U.S. public pools & other aquatic venues

Thousands of public pools, hot tubs closed due to serious violations - Press Release

Thu, 19 May 2016 13:00:00 EDT

Every year, serious health and safety violations force thousands of public pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds to close, according to a report published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. But there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself and your family.

CDC Telebriefing: Serious violations lead to closures of U.S. public pools & other aquatic venues - Media Advisory

Thu, 19 May 2016 13:00:00 EDT

Thousands of public pools and other aquatic venues across the United States are closed each year due to serious health and safety violations, including inadequate disinfectant concentrations and safety equipment.

CDC expanding groundbreaking disease identification tool - Press Release

Wed, 18 May 2016 10:31:00 EDT

MicrobeNet provides laboratorians with unprecedented access to CDC's virtual microbe library of more than 2,400 rare and emerging infectious bacteria and fungi at no cost.

MicrobeNet: A tool to detect rare germs - Digital Press Kit

Wed, 18 May 2016 10:31:00 EDT

MicrobeNet, an innovative online library of nearly 2,400 rare and emerging bacteria and fungi, provides real-time access to help health departments and labs identify rare infections and save lives.

CDC Announces Funds for States and Territories to Prepare for Zika - Press Release

Fri, 13 May 2016 14:17:00 EDT

U.S. states and territories can now apply to CDC for funds to fight Zika locally. More than $85 million in redirected funds identified by the Department of Health and Human Services is being made available to support efforts to protect Americans from Zika infection and associated adverse health outcomes, including the serious birth defect microcephaly.

CDC adds Grenada to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Thu, 12 May 2016 16:00:00 EDT

Today, CDC posted a Zika virus travel notice for Grenada. CDC has issued travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced precautions”) for people traveling to destinations with Zika. For a full list of affected countries/regions, visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.

CDC study: Former NFL players not at increased risk of suicide - Press Release

Tue, 10 May 2016 16:27:00 EDT

Retired National Football League (NFL) players are at no greater risk of suicide when compared with the general U.S. population, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC adds Saint Barthelemy to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Mon, 09 May 2016 21:00:00 EDT

Today, CDC posted a Zika virus travel notice for Saint Barthelemy. CDC has issued travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced precautions”) for people traveling to destinations with Zika. For a full list of affected countries/regions, visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.

CDC adds Peru to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Thu, 05 May 2016 16:02:00 EDT

Today, CDC posted a Zika virus travel notice for Peru. CDC has issued travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced precautions”) for people traveling to destinations with Zika. For a full list of affected countries/regions, visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.

Control Is Their Goal: Million Hearts Recognizes the 2015 Hypertension Control Champions - Press Release

Thu, 05 May 2016 13:02:00 EDT

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New CDC Campaign Reminds Docs, Nurses that “Clean Hands Count” - Press Release

Thu, 05 May 2016 08:02:00 EDT

Today, World Hand Hygiene Day, CDC is launching the new “Clean Hands Count” campaign urging healthcare professionals, patients, and patients’ loved ones to prevent healthcare-associated infections by keeping their hands clean.

Clean Hands Count - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 05 May 2016 08:00:00 EDT

This World Hand Hygiene Day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched “Clean Hands Count,” a new hand hygiene campaign focused on improving adherence to hand hygiene recommendations, dispelling myths and misperceptions about hand hygiene, and empowering patients.

Hepatitis C Kills More Americans than Any Other Infectious Disease - Press Release

Wed, 04 May 2016 13:00:00 EDT

Deaths associated with hepatitis C reached an all-time high of 19,659 in 2014, according to new surveillance data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

More Young Children with ADHD Could Benefit from Behavior Therapy - Press Release

Tue, 03 May 2016 13:02:00 EDT

More young children 2 to 5 years of age receiving care for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could benefit from psychological services – including the recommended treatment of behavior therapy.

ADHD Treatment for Young Children - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 03 May 2016 13:02:00 EDT

About half of young children 2 to 5 years of age receiving care for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not receiving psychological services, including the recommended treatment of behavior therapy, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report-What is the recommended first-line treatment for young children with ADHD? - Media Advisory

Tue, 03 May 2016 13:01:00 EDT

About half of young children 2-5 years of age with an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis are not receiving psychological services, including the recommended treatment of parent training in behavior therapy.

CDC: 1 in 3 antibiotic prescriptions unnecessary - Press Release

Tue, 03 May 2016 11:01:00 EDT

At least 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the United States are unnecessary, according to new data published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with Pew Charitable Trusts and other public health and medical experts.

Inside Investigations: CDC’s Disease Detective Conference - Press Release

Mon, 02 May 2016 08:02:00 EDT

Epidemic Intelligence Service officers present findings on Zika, e-cigarettes, violent death, and more

Detecting Threats, Protecting People - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 02 May 2016 08:02:00 EDT

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will hold its 65th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference May 2-5, 2016 in Atlanta.

CDC adds Papua New Guinea to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:16:00 EDT

CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus? transmission. Today, CDC posted a Zika virus travel notice for Papua New Guinea. CDC has issued travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced precautions”) for people traveling to destinations with Zika.

Teen birth rates fall nearly 50 percent among Hispanic and black teens, dropping national teen birth rate to an all-time low - Press Release

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:32:00 EDT

Births among Hispanic and black teens have dropped by almost half since 2006, according to a new analysis published by CDC. This mirrors a substantial national decline: births to all American teenagers have dropped more than 40 percent within the past decade

A new study shows link between e-cigarette ads and use among youth - Press Release

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:02:00 EDT

There is a link between exposure to e-cigarette advertisements and the use of e-cigarettes by middle and high school students, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

World Immunization Week - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:16:00 EDT

CDC plays a critical role in promoting global immunization by providing scientific leadership and guidance to implement evidence-based vaccination strategies against disease. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the start of this effort—the Smallpox Eradication Program.

CDC and OSHA Issue Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus - Media Statement

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:02:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued new guidance and information for protecting workers from occupational exposure to Zika virus.

Workers’ Memorial Day 2016 - Media Advisory

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:02:00 EDT

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data regarding injuries, deaths, and illness faced by millions every year in the workplace. This week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) issue is devoted to occupational health concerns, in acknowledgment of Workers Memorial Day (April 28th).

CDC Disease Detectives Conference - Media Advisory

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:49:00 EDT

CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) – better known as CDC’s disease detective program – will hold its annual conference May 2-5 in Atlanta. The event showcases EIS investigations conducted over the past year.

CDC adds Belize to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:02:00 EDT

CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus? transmission. Today, CDC posted a Zika virus travel notice for Belize. CDC has issued travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced precautions”) for people traveling to destinations with Zika.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Zika Virus Update - 4-13-2016 - Transcript

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:31:00 EDT

Transcript for a CDC hosted telebriefing which provided an update on the Zika Virus.

No decline in overall youth tobacco use since 2011 - Press Release

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:02:00 EDT

Overall tobacco use by middle and high school students has not changed since 2011, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Increased use of type of diagnostic test poses challenge to tracking of foodborne illness - Press Release

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:01:00 EDT

Changes in the tests that diagnose foodborne illness are helping identify infections faster but could soon pose challenges to finding outbreaks and monitoring progress toward preventing foodborne disease, according to a report published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Week Report.

CDC Concludes Zika Causes Microcephaly and Other Birth Defects - Media Statement

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:06:00 EDT

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after careful review of existing evidence, that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.

CDC Adds Saint Lucia to Interim Travel Guidance Related to Zika Virus - Media Statement

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:15:00 EDT

CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus? transmission. Today, CDC posted a Zika virus travel notice for Saint Lucia. CDC has issued travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced precautions”) for people traveling to destinations with Zika.

CDC Telebriefing: Zika Virus Update - Media Advisory

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:32:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to provide an update on the Zika Virus

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Zika Summit Press Conference - Transcript

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:32:00 EDT

Transcript for CDC telebriefing of the Zika Summit Press Conference

CDC Adds Fiji to Interim Travel Guidance Related to Zika Virus - Media Statement

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 16:02:00 EDT

CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus? transmission. Today, CDC posted a Zika virus travel notice for Fiji. CDC has issued travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced precautions”) for people traveling to destinations with Zika. For a full list of affected countries/regions, visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.

CDC Adds Kosrae to Interim Travel Guidance Related to Zika Virus - Media Statement

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 15:17:00 EDT

CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus? transmission. Today, CDC posted a Zika virus travel notice for Fiji. CDC has issued travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced precautions”) for people traveling to destinations with Zika. For a full list of affected countries/regions, visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.

National Zika Summit Focused on Coordinated U.S. Response - Press Release

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:02:00 EDT

Today, more than 300 local, state, and federal government officials; health experts; and non-government partners are gathering at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prepare for the likelihood of mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus in some parts of the continental United States.

Zika Virus - Vital Signs: Zika and Pregnancy - Digital Press Kit

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:02:00 EDT

In past Zika outbreaks, most people have not gotten sick, so people may not even know they are infected. Based on current knowledge, the greatest risk for complications from Zika is to a pregnant woman’s fetus.

Potential Laboratory-acquired Salmonella Infection at CDC - Media Statement

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:01:00 EDT

CDC is investigating how one of its laboratory workers who was recently diagnosed with Salmonella infection may have acquired their infection due to work they performed in a BSL-2 laboratory (a level of lab work involving pathogens that are common and treatable causes of illness).

CDC estimates 1 in 68 school-aged children have autism; no change from previous estimate - Press Release

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:02:00 EDT

An estimated 1 in 68 (14.6 per 1,000) school-aged children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a CDC report published today in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summary.

Announcing the Healthcare-Associated Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Challenge Champions: Hospital Systems Saving Lives through Innovative Prevention Efforts - Press Release

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:32:00 EDT

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today recognized eight hospitals and healthcare systems as Healthcare-Associated Venous Thromboembolism (HA-VTE) Prevention Champions for their success in implementing innovative and effective ways to prevent venous thromboembolism in healthcare settings.

U.S. Zika Action Plan Summit and Press Conference - Media Advisory

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:46:00 EDT

Hosted by CDC, the one-day Zika Action Plan Summit will bring together officials from local, state and federal jurisdictions and non-government organizations to prepare for a coordinated U.S. response to Zika.

New Resources for Infection Prevention in Dental Settings - Media Advisory

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:02:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released a new resource designed to help dental health care professionals prevent infections.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Updates on CDC recommendations related to Zika virus - Transcript

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:00:00 EDT

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Updates on CDC recommendations related to Zika virus

CDC Issues Updated Zika Recommendations: Timing of Pregnancy after Zika Exposure, Prevention of Sexual Transmission, Considerations for Reducing Unintended Pregnancy in Areas with Zika Transmission - Media Statement

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:30:00 EDT

CDC today issued new guidance and information to prevent Zika virus transmission and health effects.

CDC Telebriefing: Updates on CDC recommendations related to Zika virus - Media Advisory

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:01:00 EDT

Updates on CDC recommendations related to Zika virus

Impact of first federally funded anti-smoking ad campaign remains strong after three years - Press Release

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:16:00 EDT

The latest outcomes measuring the impact of CDC’s national tobacco education campaign are as strong as those achieved in its first year, and suggest that three years into the campaign, the ads were still having a significant impact.

Changes in the CDC/ATSDR Formaldehyde in Laminate Flooring Report - Media Statement

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 11:32:00 EDT

On February 10, 2016, CDC/ATSDR released a report entitled Possible Health Implications from Exposure to Formaldehyde Emitted from Laminate Flooring Samples Tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

CDC/ATSDR Revises Report of Possible Health Effects Associated with Formaldehyde in Select Laminate Flooring

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:15:00 EDT

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) has revised its report “Possible Health Implications from Exposure to Formaldehyde Emitted from Laminate Flooring Samples Tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”

CDC adds Dominica to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 16:17:00 EDT

CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus? transmission. Today, CDC posted a Zika virus travel notice for Dominica. CDC has issued travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced precautions”) for people traveling to destinations with Zika. For a full list of affected countries/regions, visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.

CDC adds Cuba to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Sat, 19 Mar 2016 14:45:00 EDT

CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus transmission. Today, CDC posted a Zika virus travel notice for Cuba. CDC has issued travel notices (level 2, "practice enhanced precautions") for people traveling to destinations with Zika.

New CDC Laboratory Test for Zika Virus Authorized for Emergency Use by FDA - Media Statement

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:54:00 EDT

In response to a request from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Trioplex Real-time RT-PCR Assay, a diagnostic tool for Zika virus that will be distributed to qualified laboratories.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain - Transcript

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:00:00 EDT

The release of the CDC guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain

JAMA’s publication of five perceptive and practical opinions - Media Statement

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:31:00 EDT

In our effort to reach primary care providers, the respected voice of JAMA is instrumental. We are encouraged by JAMA’s publication of five perceptive and practical opinions that give prescribers insight into the need for and application of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain according to their patients’ needs.

CDC Foundation’s New Business Pulse Focuses on Five Ways CDC Protects Employee Health - Media Advisory

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:30:00 EDT

Business Pulse: 5 Ways CDC Protects the Health of Your Business, launched today by the CDC Foundation, provides America's employers with CDC guidance and resources in five key areas.

CDC Releases Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:02:00 EDT

As part of the urgent response to the epidemic of overdose deaths, CDC issued new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain, excluding cancer, palliative, and end-of-life care.

CDC Releases Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain - Press Release

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:01:00 EDT

As part of the U.S. government’s urgent response to the epidemic of overdose deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today is issuing new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain, excluding cancer, palliative, and end-of-life care.

CDC Telebriefing: CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain - Media Advisory

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:01:00 EDT

Today, CDC is issuing new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain, excluding cancer, palliative, and end-of-life care

PulseNet saves lives and money by reducing foodborne illness - Press Release

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:02:00 EDT

A national network of public health laboratories prevents an estimated 270,000 cases of food poisoning and saves half a billion dollars every year, according to a study released today.

PulseNet Saves Lives and Money: A 20-year Success Story - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:02:00 EDT

PulseNet, a national network of public health laboratories, prevents an estimated 270,000 cases of food poisoning and saves half a billion dollars every year.

CDC’s revised travel notices estimate Zika risk using elevation information - Media Statement

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:18:00 EDT

Mosquitoes linked to Zika virus not likely in areas above 6,500 feet (2,000 meters)

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Updates on Zika response efforts - Transcript

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:16:00 EDT

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Updates on Zika response efforts

Updates on Zika response efforts - Media Advisory

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:30:00 EDT

CDC Director Tom Frieden traveled to Puerto Rico March 7-9 to assess firsthand CDC’s support for the Zika response. He will provide an assessment of the situation in Puerto Rico and an update on CDC’s Zika response efforts.

CDC adds 1 destination to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:46:00 EDT

CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus? transmission. Today, CDC added the following destination to the Zika virus travel notices: New Caledonia.

Annual Report to the Nation: Cancer death rates continue to decline - Press Release

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 10:01:00 EDT

The Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer (1975-2012) shows that death rates continued to decline for all cancers combined, as well as for most cancer sites for men and women of all major racial and ethnic populations.

Zika Action Plan Summit - Media Advisory

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:15:00 EDT

CDC is hosting a one-day Zika Action Plan Summit as the nation faces likely local mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus in some places in the continental United States.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Making Health Care Safer - Protect patients from antibiotic resistance - Transcript

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:00:00 EDT

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Making Health Care Safer - Protect patients from antibiotic resistance - Transcript

CDC Director travels to Puerto Rico to assess Zika response - Media Advisory

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:00:00 EDT

CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, will travel to Puerto Rico March 7-9 to assess first-hand CDC’s support for the Zika response.

Superbugs threaten hospital patients - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 13:03:00 EDT

CDC’s latest Vital Signs report urges healthcare workers to use a combination of infection control recommendations to better protect patients from healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antibiotic resistance.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report What role is antibiotic resistance playing in healthcare-associated infections? - Media Advisory

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 13:02:00 EDT

Many of the most urgent and serious antibiotic-resistant bacteria threaten patients while they are being treated in healthcare facilities for other conditions.

Superbugs threaten hospital patients - Press Release

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 13:01:00 EDT

America is doing a better job of preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), but more work is needed – especially in fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

CDC adds 2 destinations to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 16:43:00 EDT

CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus? transmission. Today, CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel notices: St. Vincent and the Grenadines & Sint Maarten.

New CDC Laboratory Test for Zika Virus Authorized for Emergency Use by FDA

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 19:40:00 EDT

Emergency action expected to bolster US laboratory capacity for Zika testing

CDC Telebriefing: Zika Virus - Transcript

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 19:30:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will discuss updates on CDC’s Zika virus response efforts.

CDC issues advice for travel to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games - Media Statement

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:30:00 EDT

Today, CDC issued advice for people planning travel to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to August 21, 2016, and to the 2016 Paralympic Games scheduled for September 7 to September 18, 2016. These recommendations provide information to travelers to help them take steps to stay safe and healthy during their trips. CDC’s travel guidance for the Olympics covers a variety of health and safety topics, including information about the Zika virus outbreak currently occurring in Brazil. Because of the Zika outbreak, CDC recommends that pregnant women consider not traveling to the Olympics.

CDC Telebriefing: Updates on CDC’s Zika virus response efforts - Media Advisory

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:00:00 EDT

Updates on CDC’s Zika virus response efforts.

Flu Vaccine Nearly 60 Percent Effective - Press Release

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 18:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reported preliminary overall influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) of 59 percent this season. These data were presented at a meeting of the agency's Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) in Atlanta. This finding is comparable to past estimates for seasons when most circulating flu viruses and vaccine viruses have been similar.

CDC adds 2 destinations to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:16:00 EDT

CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus transmission. Today, CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel notices: Trinadad and Tobago and the Marshall Islands.

CDC encourages following guidance to prevent sexual transmission of Zika virus - Media Statement

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:31:00 EDT

CDC has committed to sharing the latest information on Zika virus as it becomes available. On February 5, 2016, CDC published interim recommendations for protecting people against sexual transmission of Zika virus.

NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 388 - Update: Interim Guidelines for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus — United States, 2016

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:16:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published recommendations for protecting people against sexual transmission of Zika virus (1). As stated in that report, information about possible sexual transmission of Zika virus was based on one published report of transmission from a man to a woman, one published report in which Zika virus was detected in semen of a man with hematospermia, and one case of possible sexual transmission then under investigation in Texas. An additional case of Zika virus detected in semen in a man was reported after the CDC recommendations were published (2). As of February 23, 2016, CDC and state public health departments are investigating 14 additional reports of possible sexual transmission of the virus, including several involving pregnant women. While additional investigations are being completed, CDC is issuing this HAN Advisory as a strong reminder to state, local, and US territorial public health departments, clinicians, and the public to be aware of and adhere to current recommendations for preventing sexual transmission of Zika virus, particularly for men with pregnant partners. These recommendations may change as more information becomes available.

Updated Guidelines for Healthcare Providers Caring for Infants or Children with Possible Zika Virus Infection - Media Statement

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 11:16:00 EDT

CDC has updated its interim guidelines for healthcare providers who care for infants and children with possible Zika virus infection.

Enhanced Entry Airport Screening and Routing for Ebola to End for Travelers from Guinea to the United States - Media Statement

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 17:16:00 EDT

On Feb. 19, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will remove Guinea from the list of nations affected by Ebola for which travelers are subject to enhanced U.S. visa and port-of-entry screening.

CDC adds 2 destinations to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 16:01:00 EDT

CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus? transmission. Today, CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel notices: Aruba and Bonaire.

CDC Highlights Programs that Reduce U.S. Health Disparities - Press Release

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:15:00 EDT

A supplement to the CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, highlights programs that reduce disparities by race/ethnicity, geography, disability, and/or sexual orientation across a range of different health conditions.

ATSDR and CDC Analysis Finds Possible Health Effects Associated with Formaldehyde in Select Laminate Flooring - Media Statement

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:15:00 EDT

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) analysis of data from an investigation led by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that formaldehyde levels observed in select laminate wood flooring products could cause short-term irritation for people in general and in some cases exacerbate asthma.

ATSDR and CDC Analysis Finds Possible Health Effects Associated with Formaldehyde in Select Laminate Flooring - Media Advisory

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:15:00 EDT

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) analysis of data from an investigation led by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that formaldehyde levels observed in select laminate wood flooring products could cause short-term irritation for people in general and in some cases exacerbate asthma.

CDC Emergency Operations Center moves to highest level of activation for Zika response - Media Statement

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:30:00 EDT

To further enhance its response to the Zika virus outbreak, CDC’s Emergency Operations Center is moving to a Level 1 activation—reflecting the agency’s assessment of the need for an accelerated preparedness to bring together experts to focus intently and work efficiently in anticipation of local Zika virus transmission by mosquitoes in the Continental U.S.

New Lyme-disease-causing bacteria species discovered- Press Release

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:30:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic and health officials from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, report the discovery of a new species of bacteria (Borrelia mayonii) that causes Lyme disease in people. Until now, Borrelia burgdorferi was the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:00:00 EDT

Dating violence can happen to teens in a romantic or sexual relationship anytime, anywhere. But it doesn’t have to happen at all. A healthy relationship is built on respect and is free of violence.

CDC Telebriefing: Zika Virus - Transcript

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will discuss the latest on Zika virus.

Zika Virus - Digital Press Kit

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:46:00 EDT

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

CDC issues Interim Guidelines for Preventing Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus and Updated Interim Guidelines for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure - Media Statement

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:30:00 EDT

CDC has issued new interim guidance on preventing sexual transmission of Zika virus after confirming through laboratory testing, in collaboration with Dallas County Health and Human Services, the first case of Zika virus infection in a non-traveler in the continental United States during this outbreak.

CDC Telebriefing: New and Updated Interim Guidance for Zika virus - Media Advisory

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:46:00 EDT

CDC is issuing interim guidelines for preventing sexual transmission of Zika virus and updated interim guidance for health care providers caring for pregnant women and women of reproductive age with possible Zika virus exposure

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Why are millions of US women at risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancies? - Transcript

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:01:00 EDT

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Why are millions of US women at risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancies?

CDC adds 2 destinations to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:50:00 EDT

CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus? transmission. Today, CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel alerts: Jamaica and Tonga

Alcohol and Pregnancy - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:02:00 EDT

An estimated 3.3 million US women between the ages of 15 and 44 years are at risk for exposing their developing baby to alcohol because they are drinking, sexually active, and not using birth control to prevent pregnancy, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.

More than 3 million US women at risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancy- Press Release

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:01:00 EDT

An estimated 3.3 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 years are at risk of exposing their developing baby to alcohol because they are drinking, sexually active, and not using birth control to prevent pregnancy, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs report released today.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Why are millions of US women at risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancies? - Media Advisory

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:00:00 EDT

More than 3 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 years are at risk of exposing their developing baby to alcohol because they are drinking and not using birth control to prevent pregnancy, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs report.

CDC adds 4 destinations to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:01:00 EDT

CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus? transmission. Today, CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel alerts: American Samoa, Costa Rica, Curacao, and Nicaragua.

NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 387 - Flu Season Begins: Severe Influenza Illness Reported - CDC urges rapid antiviral treatment of very ill and high risk suspect influenza patients without waiting for testing

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 08:50:00 EDT

Influenza activity is increasing across the country and CDC has received reports of severe influenza illness. Clinicians are reminded to treat suspected influenza in high-risk outpatients, those with progressive disease, and all hospitalized patients with antiviral medications as soon as possible, regardless of negative rapid influenza diagnostic test (RIDT) results and without waiting for RT-PCR testing results. Early antiviral treatment works best, but treatment may offer benefit when started up to 4-5 days after symptom onset in hospitalized patients. Early antiviral treatment can reduce influenza morbidity and mortality

Transcript: Zika Virus Travel Alert

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will discuss the latest on Zika virus.

CDC-NIAID Telebriefing: Zika 101 - Media Advisory

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will discuss the latest on Zika virus..

NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 386 - CDC Urging Dialysis Providers and Facilities to Assess and Improve Infection Control Practices to Stop Hepatitis C Virus Transmission in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:30:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received an increased number of reports of newly acquired hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among patients undergoing hemodialysis. Infection control lapses in dialysis care could expose patients to HCV.

CDC adds 2 destinations to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:32:00 EDT

CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus? transmission. Today, CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel alerts: United States Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic.

CDC Museum to Host Places & Spaces: Mapping Science Exhibition - Media Statement

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:31:00 EDT

From January 25 to June 17, 2016, the David J. Sencer CDC Museum will feature the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibition showing how data visualization helps us confront some of the world’s most significant challenges.

CDC adds countries to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus - Media Statement

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:31:00 EDT

CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus? transmission. Today, CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel alerts: Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, Guyana, Cape Verde, and Samoa.

Continued increase in birth defect of abdominal wall - Press Release

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:01:00 EDT

Cases of a serious birth defect of the abdominal wall called gastroschisis continues to increase over time, according to a report in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

First-of-its-Kind PSA Campaign Targets the 86 Million American Adults with Prediabetes - Press Release

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 11:16:00 EDT

American Diabetes Association, American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ad Council Join Forces to Reduce the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes, One of the Nation’s Biggest Public Health Crises Today

Powerful new ads mark the 5th year of the successful “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign - Press Release

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:31:00 EDT

A brand-new series of emotionally powerful ads kick off the fifth year of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Zika Virus Travel Alert - Transcript

Sat, 16 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EDT

CDC issues interim travel guidance related to Zika virus for 14 Countries and Territories in Central and South America and the Caribbean

NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 385 - Recognizing, Managing, and Reporting Zika Virus Infections in Travelers Returning from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 21:30:00 EDT

In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere, with autochthonous (locally acquired) cases identified in Brazil. As of January 15, 2016, local transmission had been identified in at least 14 countries or territories in the Americas, including Puerto Rico (See Pan American Health Organization [PAHO] link below for countries and territories in the Americas with Zika virus transmission). Further spread to other countries in the region is likely.

CDC issues interim travel guidance related to Zika virus for 14 Countries and Territories in Central and South America and the Caribbean - Media Statement

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:03:00 EDT

Facts About CDC expand Contact Media Relations expand Get Email Updates To receive email updates about this page, enter your email address: What's this?Submit Connect with CDC Media Subscribe to Media RSS Feeds Subscribe to CDC Media e-mail Syndicate Media on Your Site CDC Quick Links CDC In The News Data & Statistics Freedom of Information Act Office Public Health Image Library (PHIL) CDC 24/7 – Saving Lives. Protecting People. Saving Money Through Prevention. Learn More About How CDC Works For You… CDC>Newsroom Home>Press Materials>CDC Newsroom Releases CDC issues interim travel guidance related to Zika virus for 14 Countries and Territories in Central and South America and the Caribbean Out of an abundance of caution, pregnant women advised to consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Digg Media Statement For Immediate Release: Friday, January 15, 2016 Contact: Media Relations, (404) 639-3286 CDC has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

CDC Telebriefing: Interim travel guidance for Zika virus - Media Advisory

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:01:00 EDT

CDC is issuing interim travel guidance for areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission.

New Research: Excess Sodium Intake Remains Common in the United States - Press Release

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 07:02:00 EDT

Nearly all Americans – regardless of age, race, gender or whether they have high blood pressure (hypertension) – consume more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet. That is the conclusion of a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Why is youth e-cigarette advertising harmful for youth? - Transcript

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 17:16:00 EDT

Transcript of the Vital Signs report telebriefing on e-cigarette advertising to middle and high school students.

New CDC Vital Signs: E-cigarette Ads and Youth - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:02:00 EDT

About 7 in 10 middle and high school students – more than 18 million young people – see e-cigarette advertising in stores, online, in newspapers and magazines, or on television and in movies, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.

E-cigarette ads reach nearly 7 in 10 middle and high-school students - Press Release

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:01:00 EDT

About 7 in 10 middle and high school students – more than 18 million young people – see e-cigarette advertising in stores, online, in newspapers and magazines, or on television and in movies, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Why is youth e-cigarette advertising harmful for youth? - Media Advisory

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 12:31:00 EDT

In 2014, e-cigarettes became the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, surpassing conventional cigarettes. During 2011 to 2014, current e-cigarette use among high school students soared from 1.5 percent to 13.4 percent, and among middle school students from 0.6 percent to 3.9 percent. What can states and communities do to reduce this trend?

First case of Zika virus reported in Puerto Rico - Media Statement

Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:00:00 EDT

The Puerto Rico Department of Health reported today the first locally acquired case of Zika virus infection in Puerto Rico. Zika was confirmed in a resident of Puerto Rico with no known travel history.

Enhanced Entry Airport Screening for Ebola Modified for Travelers from Guinea to the United States

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:00:00 EDT

On Dec. 29, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will modify enhanced Ebola port-of-entry screening for travelers from Guinea.

CDC Year in Review: What’s Next? - Press Release

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:17:00 EDT

In a digital press kit released today, CDC reviews the most pressing public health challenges of 2015 and previews plans for 2016.

2015: What Kept Us Up At Night and What Will Keep Us Busy in 2016 - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:16:00 EDT

In 2015, CDC continued to work in the U.S. and globally to end infectious disease threats. By stopping disease where it starts, and by strengthening public health systems around the world, we helped keep Americans safer.

CDC To Play Key Role in National Multidrug-Resistant TB Plan - Media Statement

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 13:16:00 EDT

Today, the White House released the “National Action Plan to Combat Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR TB)”. This plan is a crucial step to address MDR TB, a growing public health threat that reflects missed opportunities to find, cure, and prevent TB.

Enhanced Entry Airport Screening for Ebola to End for Travelers from Sierra Leone to the United States - Media Statement

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 18:46:00 EDT

On Dec. 22, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will remove Sierra Leone from the list of nations affected by Ebola that are subject to enhanced visa and port-of-entry screening.

Drug overdose deaths hit record numbers in 2014 - Press Release

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:16:00 EDT

From 2000 to 2014 nearly half a million Americans died from drug overdoses. Opioid overdose deaths, including both opioid pain relievers and heroin, hit record levels in 2014, with an alarming 14 percent increase in just one year, according to new data published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Half of those who need them not taking cholesterol-lowering medications - Press Release

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 13:01:00 EDT

More than a third of American adults are eligible to take cholesterol-lowering medications under the current guidelines or were already taking them – but nearly half of them are not, according to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers published in the current issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Daily Pill Prevents HIV - Transcript

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:00:00 EDT

New CDC estimates underscore the need to increase awareness of a daily pill that can prevent HIV infection

New CDC estimates underscore the need to increase awareness of a daily pill that can prevent HIV infection - Press Release

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:02:00 EDT

A new Vital Signs report published today estimates that 25 percent of sexually active gay and bisexual adult men, nearly 20 percent of adults who inject drugs, and less than 1 percent of heterosexually active adults are at substantial risk for HIV infection and should be counseled about PrEP, a daily pill for HIV prevention.

Daily Pill Prevents HIV – Reaching People Who Could Benefit From PrEP - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:02:00 EDT

CDC’s latest Vital Signs report finds a continuing need to raise awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – a daily pill that can prevent HIV infection – among those who are at substantial risk for HIV infection.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report When is a daily pill the right option to prevent HIV? - Media Advisory

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:01:00 EDT

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is one essential component in the nation’s high-impact prevention strategy for HIV. Many people at very high risk for HIV infection are not getting PrEP and not enough primary health care providers know about it.

CDC Foundation’s New Business Pulse Focuses on Workplace Safety - Media Advisory

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:01:00 EDT

Business Pulse: Workplace Safety and Health, launched today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, focuses on innovative employer strategies using science-based solutions from CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to address emerging worker safety and health issues and well-recognized workplace hazards and exposures.

CDC responds to broad challenges facing US cancer survivors - Press Release

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The number of cancer survivors — people who live after a cancer diagnosis — is expected to grow substantially over the next few decades as the U.S. population ages and as early detection methods and treatments continue to improve.

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2015 - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:04:00 EDT

GET SMART ABOUT ANTIBIOTICS WEEK, an annual one-week observance starting on Monday, November 16, raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of improving antibiotic use.

More than 120 Partners Join CDC to Fight Antibiotic Resistance - Press Release

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:02:00 EDT

The President has proclaimed Nov. 16-22 “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.” Get Smart Week builds on the momentum generated at the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship, where more than 150 organizations pledged to improve antibiotic use and slow the spread of antibiotic resistance.

Smoking rates for uninsured and adults on Medicaid more than twice those for adults with private health insurance - Press Release

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 13:02:00 EDT

American adults who are uninsured or on Medicaid smoke at rates more than double those for adults with private health insurance or Medicare, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Modifications to Enhanced Entry Airport Screening for Travelers from Sierra Leone to the United States - Media Statement

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:00:00 EDT

On November 10, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will modify enhanced Ebola port-of-entry screening for travelers from Sierra Leone.

World Health Organization Declares Sierra Leone Free of Ebola Virus Transmission - Media Statement

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 15:32:00 EDT

CDC Spokesperson expand Facts About CDC expand Contact Media Relations expand Get Email Updates To receive email updates about this page, enter your email address: What's this?Submit Connect with CDC Media Subscribe to Media RSS Feeds Subscribe to CDC Media e-mail Syndicate Media on Your Site CDC Quick Links CDC In The News Data & Statistics Freedom of Information Act Office Public Health Image Library (PHIL) CDC 24/7 – Saving Lives. Protecting People. Saving Money Through Prevention. Learn More About How CDC Works For You… CDC>Newsroom Home>Press Materials>CDC Newsroom Releases World Health Organization Declares Sierra Leone Free of Ebola Virus Transmission Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Digg Media Statement For Immediate Release: Saturday, November 7, 2015 Contact: Media Relations (404) 639-3286 On November 7, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Sierra Leone free of Ebola virus transmission. This date marked 42 days (two 21-day incubation periods) from the release of the last known patient with Ebola from a Sierra Leone Ebola treatment unit (ETU).

New 'Parents for Healthy Schools' Website - Media Advisory

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 12:46:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with federal, professional, and non-profit organizations, has developed a set of resources called Parents for Healthy Schools. School groups such as parent-teacher associations and school wellness committees can use the materials to engage parents in creating healthy school environments.

CDC researchers link cancer cells from parasite to human tumors - Press Release

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 17:02:00 EDT

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have discovered cancer cells originating in a common tapeworm may take root in people with weakened immune systems, causing cancer-like tumors. It is the first known case of a person becoming ill from cancer cells that arose in a parasite – in this case, Hymenolepis nana, the dwarf tapeworm.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Safer Food Saves Lives - Transcript

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:00:00 EDT

Multistate foodborne disease outbreaks sicken thousands, highlight need for action

CDC challenge: Find better ways to prevent healthcare-associated blood clots - Press Release

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:02:00 EDT

To identify best practices and to increase use of strategies to prevent healthcare-associated blood clots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today launched a challenge designed to find, honor and recognize hospitals, multi-hospital systems, hospital networks, and managed care organizations that have implemented innovative and effective prevention strategies or interventions.

Multistate foodborne disease outbreaks sicken thousands, highlight need for action - Press Release

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:02:00 EDT

Multistate outbreaks cause more than half of all deaths in foodborne disease outbreaks despite accounting for only a tiny fraction (3 percent) of reported outbreaks in the United States, according to a new Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Safer Food Saves Lives - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:01:00 EDT

Millions of Americans get sick from foodborne germs each year. Most foodborne outbreaks occur among small groups in a local setting. Outbreaks that make people in more than one state sick with the same germ are less common but more severe.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - How can the government and the food industry prevent multistate foodborne outbreaks? - Media Advisory

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:00:00 EDT

Multistate outbreaks caused 56% of deaths in all reported foodborne outbreaks from 2010 to 2014, although they accounted for just 3% of all such outbreaks from 2010 to 2014. What can the government and the food industry do to protect the public’s health and stop outbreaks from happening?

CDC resumes weekly flu activity reports - Media Statement

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:02:00 EDT

Information about influenza activity in the United States is collected, compiled and analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in a report called FluView. CDC has resumed full FluView reporting for the 2015-2016 U.S. flu season and has made a number of refinements to the report this season.

NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 384 - Increases in Fentanyl Drug Confiscations and Fentanyl-related Overdose Fatalities

Mon, 26 Oct 2015 08:15:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are investigating recent increases in fentanyl-related unintentional overdose fatalities in multiple states across the U.S. The purpose of this HAN advisory is to: (1) alert public health departments, health care providers, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners to the possibility of additional increases in other jurisdictions, (2) provide recommendations for improving detection of fentanyl-related overdose outbreaks and (3) encourage states to expand access to naloxone and training for administering naloxone to reduce opioid overdose deaths.

CDC releases combined summary of notifiable infectious, noninfectious diseases - Press Release

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:00:00 EDT

Beginning with the Oct. 23, 2015, Supplements to Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), CDC will publish the summaries of all notifiable conditions – infectious and noninfectious – at the same time. Together, these two reports provide official statistics for all nationally notifiable conditions in the same MMWR volume.

CDC launches improved online foodborne outbreak search tool - Media Advisory

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released a redesigned online tool making it easier to search data on foodborne disease outbreaks.

Excessive alcohol use continues to be drain on American economy - Press Release

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 14:00:00 EDT

Excessive alcohol use continues to be a drain on the American economy, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Excessive drinking cost the U.S. $249 billion in 2010, or $2.05 per drink, a significant increase from $223.5 billion, or $1.90 per drink, in 2006.

Clues to opioid abuse from state prescription drug monitoring programs - Press Release

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:00:00 EDT

CDC study shows urgent need for improved prescribing practices

Preliminary study finds that Ebola virus fragments can persist in the semen of some survivors for at least nine months - Press Release

Wed, 14 Oct 2015 17:00:00 EDT

Preliminary results of a study into persistence of Ebola virus in body fluids show that some men still produce semen samples that test positive for Ebola virus nine months after onset of symptoms.

Healthy Pets Healthy People - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 09:45:00 EDT

CDC’s redesigned website Healthy Pets Healthy People provides a wealth of information about zoonotic diseases, illnesses that can spread to people from pets, farm animals, and wildlife.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Breastfeeding Support Improves in Many U.S. Hospitals - Transcript

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:00:00 EDT

Breastfeeding Support Improves in Many U.S. Hospitals

Breastfeeding Support Improves in Many U.S. Hospitals - Press Release

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:00:00 EDT

Hospital support for breastfeeding has improved since 2007, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs report released today. The percentage of U.S. hospitals using a majority of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding increased from approximately 29 percent in 2007 to 54 percent in 2013, a nearly two-fold increase over six years.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - What more can hospitals do to encourage and support breastfeeding? - Media Advisory

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:00:00 EDT

Hospital practices in the first hours and days after a birth make the difference in whether and how long babies are breastfed. In the United States, hospital support for breastfeeding has largely improved since 2007, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs report.

Hospital Support for Breastfeeding - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:00:00 EDT

Hospitals play a vital role in supporting moms to breastfeed, and that support has improved. The percentage of US hospitals using a majority of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding increased from about 29 percent in 2007 to almost 54 percent in 2013, a nearly two-fold increase in six years.

CDC Names Six New Medical Research Centers to Accelerate Health Care Innovations - Press Release

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:30:00 EDT

New funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today more than doubled the number of CDC Prevention Epicenters. Six new American academic institutions join the five existing Epicenters working to discover new ways to protect patients from dangerous germs.

CDC Unveils Redesigned Healthy Pets Healthy People Website - Press Release

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:35:00 EDT

CDC today launched its redesigned Healthy Pets Healthy People website, with expanded information about diseases people can catch from pets, farm animals, and wildlife. Users can now search alphabetically by animal and learn which zoonotic diseases they may carry.

NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 383 - CDC/FDA Health Update about the Immediate Need for Healthcare Facilities to Review Procedures for Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sterilizing Reusable Medical Devices

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 08:00:00 EDT

On September 11, 2015, CDC issued HAN 00382 alerting healthcare providers and facilities about the public health need to properly maintain, clean, and disinfect or sterilize reusable medical devices. Recent infection control lapses due to non-compliance with recommended reprocessing procedures highlight a critical gap in patient safety. Healthcare facilities (e.g., hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, clinics, and doctors’ offices) that utilize reusable medical devices are urged to immediately review current reprocessing practices at their facility to ensure they (1) are complying with all steps as directed by the device manufacturers, and (2) have in place appropriate policies and procedures that are consistent with current standards and guidelines. After considering feedback from vendors that perform servicing and repair of reusable medical devices, we are amending HAN Advisory 382 to remove the following sentence: “If healthcare facilities contract maintenance and repair of these devices to third-party vendors, healthcare facilities should verify that these vendors are approved or certified by the manufacturer to provide those services.” We are making this change because there are currently no formal standardized programs or processes through which all manufacturers certify third-party vendors. We are also further clarifying that healthcare facilities which hire contractors to perform device reprocessing should verify that the contractor has an appropriate training program (i.e., consistent with what would be required in the healthcare facility) and that the training program includes the specific devices used by the healthcare facility.

CDC Supports New WHO Early Release HIV Treatment and PrEP Guidelines - Media Statement

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:30:00 EDT

CDC welcomes today’s announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) of new Early Release HIV Treatment and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) guidelines that will significantly increase the number of people eligible for life-saving anti-retroviral treatment (ART) and expand access to a powerful tool for preventing HIV among those at greatest risk.

CDC awards $22,800,000 to increase colorectal cancer screening - Press Release

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today it has awarded a total of $22,800,000 to 24 state health departments, as well as six universities, and one American Indian tribe to increase colorectal screening. The grants, awarded in a competitive process, are designed to increase colorectal (colon) cancer screening rates among men and women aged 50 to 75 years.

7 in 10 students who currently use tobacco used a flavored product - Press Release

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:00:00 EDT

An estimated 70 percent of U.S. middle and high school students who have used a tobacco product in the past 30 days have used at least one flavored tobacco product during this period, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Injuries Cost the U.S. $671 Billion in 2013 - Digital Press Kit

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:00:00 EDT

The total costs of injuries and violence in the United States was $671 billion in 2013. The costs associated with fatal injuries was $214 billion while nonfatal injuries accounted for over $457 billion according to two new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) reports.

Injuries cost the US $671 billion in 2013 - Press Release

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:00:00 EDT

The total cost of injuries and violence in the United States was $671 billion in 2013, according to two Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Every 9 Minutes, Someone in the World Dies of Rabies - Press Release

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:00:00 EDT

A human death from rabies is a tragic but rare thing in the United States and most developed nations. It’s just as tragic but sadly common in parts of the world where some 3 billion people are at risk of being bitten by a rabid dog.

One in 10 pregnant women in the United States reports drinking alcohol - Press Release

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:01:00 EDT

One in 10 (10.2 percent) pregnant women in the United States ages 18 to 44 years reports drinking alcohol in the past 30 days. In addition, 3.1 percent of pregnant women report binge drinking – defined as 4 or more alcoholic beverages on one occasion.

2014 CDC Maps now available detailing adult obesity prevalence in the US - Media Advisory

Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:30:00 EDT

The latest CDC maps detailing the prevalence of adult obesity in the United States based on 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) state and territory-specific data are now available.

David J. Sencer CDC Museum Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s National Museum Day Live! - Release

Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EDT

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, will open its doors from 10 am to 4 pm, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s eleventh annual Museum Day Live! event.

Enhanced Airport Entry Screening To End for Travelers from Liberia to the United States - Media Statement

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:00:00 EDT

On September 21, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will remove Liberia from the list of nations affected by Ebola that are subject to enhanced visa and port-of-entry screening.

CDC Director, Medical Experts Address 2015-2016 Flu Outlook at NFID News Conference - Media Advisory

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:45:00 EDT

Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, joined by other leading medical and public health experts, will discuss preparing the public for the coming flu season at a news conference presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). Dr. Frieden will announce final influenza vaccination coverage estimates for the 2014-2015 season.

Return Home from Work Safely and with Dignity - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:32:00 EDT

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a series of illustrated communication products for organizations that serve Spanish-speaking immigrant workers. The

New NIOSH materials for organizations serving immigrant workers - Media Advisory

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:31:00 EDT

In anticipation of Hispanic Heritage Month, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a series of illustrated communication products for organizations that serve Spanish-speaking immigrant workers. The family of products, Protéjase en el trabajo (Protect yourself at work), encourages workers to know and exercise their rights to workplace safety.

Stephan Monroe Named CDC Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety - Media Statement

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:32:00 EDT

Stephan Monroe, PhD, has been appointed CDC’s first associate director for laboratory science and safety. He has served as acting associate director for laboratory science and safety since May 2015. Reporting to the CDC director, he will lead agency-wide laboratory science and safety initiatives and improvement efforts, including high-level oversight and coordination of critical laboratory policies and operations that emphasize laboratory safety and quality management.

CDC Recommends All Nursing Homes Implement Core Elements to Improve Antibiotic Use - Press Release

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:01:00 EDT

New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise all nursing homes to improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce their inappropriate use to protect residents from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections, such as C. difficile.

NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 382 - Immediate Need for Healthcare Facilities to Review Procedures for Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sterilizing Reusable Medical Devices

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 12:15:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are alerting healthcare providers and facilities about the public health need to properly maintain, clean, and disinfect or sterilize reusable medical devices. Recent infection control lapses due to non-compliance with recommended reprocessing procedures highlight a critical gap in patient safety. Healthcare facilities (e.g., hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, clinics, and doctors’ offices) that utilize reusable medical devices are urged to immediately review current reprocessing practices at their facility to ensure they (1) are complying with all steps as directed by the device manufacturers, and (2) have in place appropriate policies and procedures that are consistent with current standards and guidelines.

CDC funding helps states combat prescription drug overdose epidemic - Press Release

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:46:00 EDT

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the launch of Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States, a new program to help states end the ongoing prescription drug overdose epidemic.

Liberia Travel Alert Revised from Level 2 to Level 1: "Practice Usual Precautions" - Media Statement

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:30:00 EDT

Effective Sept. 3, 2015, CDC has downgraded the travel notice for Ebola in Liberia to a Watch Level 1, which means CDC recommends U.S. residents practice usual precautions when traveling to Liberia. Travel notices are designed to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific destinations.

High school athletes using smokeless tobacco more than non-athletes - Press Release

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:01:00 EDT

High school athletes who play on sports teams smoke tobacco products at a lower rate than non-athletes, but use smokeless tobacco at a higher rate, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Early flu treatment reduces hospitalization time, disability risk in older people - Press Release

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:30:00 EDT

Early treatment of flu-hospitalized people 65 and older with flu antiviral medications cuts the duration of their hospital stay and reduces their risk of needing extended care after discharge, a new CDC study finds.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Most Americans' hearts are older than their age - Transcript

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:01:00 EDT

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing:Most Americans' hearts are older than their age

Analyzing America’s Heart Age - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:03:00 EDT

A majority of U.S. adults have a heart age that is older than their chronological age—evidence that they could be at greater risk for heart attacks and stroke.

Most Americans' hearts are older than their age - Press Release

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:02:00 EDT

Your heart may be older than you are – and that’s not good. According to a new CDC Vital Signs report, 3 out of 4 U.S. adults have a predicted heart age that is older than their actual age. This means they are at higher risk for heart attacks and stroke.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Heart age: Is your heart older than you? - Media Advisory

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:32:00 EDT

Your heart may be older than you are – and that’s not good. This new CDC Vital Signs report shows that heart age varies by race/ethnicity, gender, region, and other sociodemographic characteristics.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: CDC officials to discuss vaccine exemption levels and infant vaccination coverage

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:31:00 EDT

CDC hosted a media telebriefing to discuss estimates of vaccine exemption levels among children entering kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. The telebriefing also covered data from the 2014 National Immunization Survey, which details vaccination coverage estimates among children ages 19 through 35 months.

State exemption levels low, national vaccination rates high - Press Release

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:02:00 EDT

Vaccine exemption levels for kindergarteners are low for most states and infant vaccination rates are high nationally, according to data from two reports published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

America’s schools make positive changes to create healthier school meals - Press Release

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:02:00 EDT

Most schools in the U.S. are implementing healthy practices to help meet federal school meal standards by offering whole grains, more fruits and vegetables, and reducing sodium content, according to data published today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

CDC Telebriefing: CDC officials to discuss vaccine exemption levels and infant vaccination coverage - Media Advisory

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:01:00 EDT

CDC will host a media telebriefing to discuss estimates of vaccine exemption levels among children entering kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year.

Nearly all contact lens wearers in national survey report risky eye care behaviors that can lead to eye infections - Press Release

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:02:00 EDT

Almost all of the 41 million estimated contact lens wearers in the United States may be engaging in at least one behavior known to increase their risk of eye infections, according to a report published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference to Draw Scientists to Atlanta - Media Advisory

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:31:00 EDT

Since 1998, ICEID has brought together international scientists and public health professionals to foster an exchange of innovative research and ideas on emerging infectious disease topics.

New CDC tool illustrates changes in antibiotic resistance - Media Advisory

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:01:00 EDT

CDC is unveiling an interactive tool that makes it quicker and easier to see how antibiotic resistance for four bacteria transmitted commonly through food—Campylobacter, E. coli O157, Salmonella, and Shigella—has changed during the past 18 years.

Make all Public Places 100% Smoke-free to Protect Public Health - Press Release

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 22:00:00 EDT

Smoke-free environments are crucial for protecting the public from the harms of secondhand smoke, and there is very strong public support for making public places smoke-free in China. Strong laws are needed – and where they exist and are rigorously enforced, they work. These are the key findings from the results of the China City Adult Tobacco Survey, released in Beijing today.

Million Hearts launches annual blood pressure control challenge - Press Release

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:46:00 EDT

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today launched an annual challenge designed to identify and honor clinicians and health care teams that have helped their patients control high blood pressure and prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Class is In: Essential Tips before going back to school - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:02:00 EDT

It’s that time again! This is an exciting time of year for students and families. As students go back to school, it is important that parents and students recognize key health and safety information that will help ensure a great start to the school year.

Most US middle and high schools start the school day too early - Press Release

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 13:03:00 EDT

Fewer than 1 in 5 middle and high schools in the U.S. began the school day at the recommended 8:30 AM start time or later during the 2011-2012 school year, according to data published today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: With improved infection control, how many antibiotic-resistant related infections and deaths does CDC predict could be averted in 5 years? - Transcript

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 08:16:00 EDT

The latest CDC Vital Signs report includes mathematical modeling showing that the spread of drug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) will increase without immediate improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing.

CDC modeling projects growth of drug-resistant infections and C. difficile - Press Release

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:32:00 EDT

The latest CDC Vital Signs includes mathematical modeling that projects increases in drug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) without immediate, nationwide improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing.

CDC Modeling Predicts Growth of Drug-resistant Infections and C. difficile - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:31:00 EDT

The latest CDC Vital Signs includes mathematical modeling that predicts increases in drug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) without immediate, nationwide improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - With improved infection control, how many antibiotic-resistant related infections and deaths does CDC predict could be averted in 5 years? - Media Advisory

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 09:46:00 EDT

We’re at a tipping point: an increasing number of germs no longer respond to the drugs designed to kill them. The latest CDC Vital Signs report includes mathematical modeling showing that the spread of drug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) will increase without immediate improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing.

CDC funding helps states address infectious disease threats - Press Release

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:16:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced awards of nearly $110 million to help states and communities strengthen their capacity to track and respond to infectious diseases. The awards represent an increase of about $13 million over fiscal year 2014 funding, with increases going to vaccine-preventable-disease surveillance, foodborne-disease prevention and advanced molecular detection, among other projects.

Many adolescents still not getting HPV vaccine - Press Release

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:03:00 EDT

The number of 13- to 17-year-old boys and girls getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine increased slightly for the second year in a row, according to data from CDC’s 2014 National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen), published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

CDC: 53 million adults in the US live with a disability - Press Release

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:02:00 EDT

In the United States, one out of every five adults has a disability, according to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common functional disability type was a mobility limitation – defined as serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs -- reported by one in eight adults, followed by disability in thinking and/or memory, independent living, vision, and self-care.

CDC Telebriefing: CDC officials to discuss National Immunization Survey-Teen results - Media Advisory

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:01:00 EDT

CDC will host a media telebriefing to discuss the latest coverage rate estimates for vaccines recommended for adolescents in the United States.

Severe Weather Can Threaten Summer Fun, Safety and Health - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:15:00 EDT

Extreme weather in the summer can include soaring temperatures, thunderstorms, and dry conditions. Extreme weather poses serious health risks, causing illnesses, injuries and sometimes death.

New CDC study highlights burden of pneumonia hospitalizations among US adults - Press Release

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 19:32:00 EDT

When U.S. adults are hospitalized with pneumonia, viruses are more often to blame than bacteria. However, despite current diagnostic tests, neither viruses nor bacteria are detected in the majority of these patients according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Sodium Overload - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:15:00 EDT

Americans consume too much sodium. In fact, the average daily intake among individuals aged 2 years and older in the U.S. is 3,500 mg per day, significantly higher than the recommended daily maximum of 2,300 mg – and that doesn’t even include salt at the table.

CDC Releases 2016 Edition of the Yellow Book - Media Advisory

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the 2016 edition of “CDC Health Information for International Travel,” commonly known as the Yellow Book.

CDC versus Ebola: The Road to Zero - Press Release

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09:17:00 EDT

The Ebola epidemic that began in West Africa in early 2014 continues today. With more than 27,000 reported Ebola cases and more than 11,000 deaths, the scope has been unprecedented. Equally extraordinary is the scale and duration of the response by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: New research reveals the trends and risk factors behind America’s growing heroin epidemic - Transcript

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:15:00 EDT

Transcript for new Vital Signs report: Today’s Heroin Epidemic

Three out of 4 American adults favor making 21 the minimum age of sale for tobacco products - Press Release

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:32:00 EDT

Three out of 4 American adults—including 7 in 10 cigarette smokers—favor raising the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to 21, according to an article by CDC published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Heroin Epidemic - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:03:00 EDT

Most demographic groups are increasingly using heroin and other drugs. During the past decade, heroin use has increased across the United States among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels, with some of the greatest increases occurring in demographic groups that have had historically lower rates of heroin use, according to a new Vital Signs report.

New research reveals the trends and risk factors behind America’s growing heroin epidemic - Press Release

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:02:00 EDT

Heroin use has increased across the United States among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. The greatest increases have occurred in groups with historically lower rates of heroin use, including women and people with private insurance and higher incomes.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - What are the risk factors and trends behind today's heroin epidemic? - Media Advisory

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Heroin use has increased across the US among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. The greatest increases occurred in demographic groups with historically lower rates of heroin use: doubling among women and more than doubling among non-Hispanic whites. According to CDC’s latest Vital Signs report, nearly all people who used heroin in the past year also used at least one other drug.

CDC awards $216 million to community-based organizations to deliver the most effective HIV prevention strategies to those in greatest need - Press Release

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:27:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today that it has awarded $216 million over five years to 90 community-based organizations (CBOs) nationwide to deliver effective HIV prevention strategies to those at greatest risk, including people of color, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender individuals, and people who inject drugs.

New CDC Museum Exhibition Examines Georgia’s Refugee Communities - Media Advisory

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:16:00 EDT

The new CDC museum exhibit, Resettling in America: Georgia’s Refugee Communities, explores the challenges of resettlement and the resiliency of refugees living in metropolitan Atlanta as they build new lives, identities, and a sense of community.

NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 381 - Clinical Considerations for the Evaluation of Ill Travelers from Liberia to the United States

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:45:00 EDT

CDC recommends that healthcare providers consider not only Ebola virus disease (EVD), but also other much more likely infectious diseases, including malaria, when evaluating ill travelers from Liberia to the United States. Signs and symptoms of EVD are non-specific and overlap with many other more prevalent infectious diseases in West Africa. For any patient returning from West Africa and presenting with non-specific signs and symptoms consistent with EVD, providers should use clinical judgment, taking into account the patient’s epidemiological history for management, diagnostic testing, and treatment and coordinate healthcare as needed with the state or local health department to ensure that these patients get appropriate care without delay. The rapid identification of the cause of an acute illness in a Person Under Investigation (PUI) enables rapid treatment and resolution of symptoms.

Prevention and early treatment of RMSF in Arizona may save millions by preventing premature death and disability - Press Release

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:15:00 EDT

The mounting costs of an epidemic of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) among several American Indian tribes in Arizona suggests that prevention and control efforts would be cost effective. A recent study released by experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indian Health Service (IHS), in partnership with Arizona tribes, describes an estimated $13.2 million in losses linked to the epidemic of RMSF between 2002 and 2011, on two Indian reservations.

CDC Foundation’s New Business Pulse Focuses on Food Safety

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:00:00 EDT

Business Pulse: Food Safety, launched today by the CDC Foundation, focuses on how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fights foodborne diseases to protect American consumers and businesses from contaminated foods.

New Entry Screening and Monitoring Guidelines for Travelers Entering the United States from Liberia - Media Statement

Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:15:00 EDT

The United States government is modifying its enhanced Ebola entry screening and monitoring program for travelers from Liberia.

NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 380 - Updated Information and Guidelines for Evaluation of Patients for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infection

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to closely monitor Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) globally, including the cases of MERS-CoV infection recently reported by China and the Republic of Korea, to better understand the risks to public health. The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to provide updated guidance to state health departments and healthcare providers in the evaluation of patients for MERS-CoV infection, which have been revised in light of the current situation in the Republic of Korea. Healthcare providers and public health officials should maintain awareness of the need to consider MERS-CoV infection in ill persons who have recently traveled from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula1 or in the Republic of Korea as outlined in the guidance below. Please disseminate this information to healthcare providers, especially infectious diseases specialists, intensive care physicians, internists, infection preventionists, and to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.

New report shows increase in reported adverse health effects from synthetic cannabinoid use - Media Advisory

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:00:00 EDT

The June 12, 2015, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) includes an article that discusses the increase and the adverse health effects associated with their use.

Antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs is an ongoing threat - Media Advisory

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 11:32:00 EDT

Antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs, an ongoing public health threat, continued to show both positive and challenging trends in 2013, according to human illness data posted online today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 379 - Ciprofloxacin- and Azithromycin-Nonsusceptible Shigellosis in the United States

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:15:00 EDT

CDC continues to receive new reports of infections with Shigella strains that are not susceptible to ciprofloxacin and/or azithromycin, the antimicrobial agents most commonly used to treat shigellosis. Most cases have been reported among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (collectively referred to as MSM) in Illinois, Minnesota, and Montana and among international travelers, but cases are also occurring among other populations. Shigellosis is very contagious and can spread quickly through communities and across different segments of the population. CDC recommends meticulous handwashing and other hygiene practices to prevent shigellosis and encourages patients with symptoms of shigellosis such as diarrhea and fever to visit a healthcare provider. Clinicians should obtain stool cultures from patients suspected of having shigellosis, counsel patients about shigellosis prevention, and, when treatment is required, select drugs based on antimicrobial susceptibility test results.

High rates of sexual violence against children: A global problem - Press Release

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 13:00:00 EDT

Sexual violence against children is a significant problem in many low- and middle-income countries. At least 25 percent of females and 10 percent of males experienced some form of childhood sexual violence in the majority of seven countries studied.

NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 378 - Bird Infections with Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza A (H5N2), (H5N8), and (H5N1) Viruses: Recommendations for Human Health Investigations and Response

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:30:00 EDT

Highly-pathogenic avian influenza A H5 viruses have been identified in birds in the United States since December 2014. The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to notify public health workers and clinicians of the potential for human infection with these viruses and to describe CDC recommendations for patient investigation and testing, infection control including the use personal protective equipment, and antiviral treatment and prophylaxis.

Rates of new melanomas – deadly skin cancers – have doubled over last three decades - Press Release

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:03:00 EDT

Melanoma rates doubled between 1982 and 2011 but comprehensive skin cancer prevention programs may prevent 20 percent of new cases between 2020 and 2030, according to this month’s Vital Signs report.

Preventing Melanoma - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:02:00 EDT

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., and melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. More than 90 percent of melanoma cancers are due to skin cell damage from ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - What role do communities have in skin cancer prevention efforts? - Media Advisory

Mon, 01 Jun 2015 09:31:00 EDT

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., and melanoma is the most deadly form. It affects everyone regardless of skin color and can spread to other parts of the body.

CDC investigating unintentional DoD shipment of anthrax - Media Statement

Fri, 29 May 2015 17:32:00 EDT

CDC is investigating the unintentional transfer of anthrax from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to labs in multiple states and overseas. At this time we do not suspect any risk to the general public.

Lassa Fever Confirmed in Death of U.S. Traveler Returning from Liberia - Press Release

Mon, 25 May 2015 22:16:00 EDT

The CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health have confirmed a death from Lassa fever which was diagnosed earlier today in a person returning to the United States from Liberia.

Supplement provides comprehensive analysis of national cancer screening program - Media Advisory

Mon, 18 May 2015 13:02:00 EDT

An in-depth analysis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) examines the overall successes and challenges faced by the largest organized cancer screening program in the U.S.

Transcript - CDC Telebriefing: CDC data show progress in reducing some foodborne infections in 2014 - Transcript

Thu, 14 May 2015 18:00:00 EDT

Transcript for the telebriefing on a report the CDC is releasing today on incidents and trends in foodborne disease.

CDCs ongoing scientific progress in the rapidly evolving field of traumatic brain injury - Media Advisory

Thu, 14 May 2015 14:47:00 EDT

The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation special May/June issue features research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its public health partners aiming to prevent traumatic brain injury (TBI) and to help people better recognize, respond, and recover, when a TBI occurs.

CDC data show progress in reducing some foodborne infections in 2014 - Press Release

Thu, 14 May 2015 13:02:00 EDT

In 2014, rates of infection from a serious form of E. coli and one of the more common Salmonella serotypes decreased compared with the baseline period of 2006-2008. Meanwhile, some other less common types of Salmonella increased. Campylobacter and Vibrio rose again in 2014, continuing the increase observed during the past few years, according to data published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today’s report summarizes the rates of infection per 100,000 population and tracks illness trends for key foodborne illnesses.

Study Highlights Risk of Norovirus from Swimming - Media Advisory

Thu, 14 May 2015 13:02:00 EDT

When most people think of norovirus, they think of people marooned on a cruise ship with raging stomach and intestinal illness, unable to leave their cabins. However, an outbreak at an Oregon lake underscores that swimming can also put the public at risk of catching the ugly bug. Fortunately, following a few easy and effective steps can help maximize the health benefits of swimming while minimizing the risk of getting sick.

CDC Telebriefing: Release of FoodNet Data - Media Advisory

Thu, 14 May 2015 12:15:00 EDT

Release of “Preliminary Incidence and Trends of Infection with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly through Food — Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, 10 U.S. Sites, 2006–2014,” which is being published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Many people are not getting the recommended cancer screening tests - Press Release

Thu, 07 May 2015 13:02:00 EDT

Many adults in the U.S. are not getting the recommended screening tests for colorectal, breast and cervical cancers, according to data published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Transcript - CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Health risks differ among the Hispanic population in the U.S. - Transcript

Thu, 07 May 2015 11:00:00 EDT

Transcript for the telebriefing on this month’s Vital Signs, which focuses on Hispanic Health. This is CDC’s first national study of leading causes of death, disease prevalence, risk factors, and access to health services among Hispanics living in the U.S.

Hispanic Health - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 05 May 2015 13:03:00 EDT

The latest CDC Vital Signs is CDC’s first national study on Hispanics’ leading causes of death, disease prevalence, risk factors, and access to health services in the United States. Hispanics are the largest racial/ethnic minority group in the U.S.

Hispanics' health in the United States - Press Release

Tue, 05 May 2015 13:02:00 EDT

The first national study on Hispanic health risks and leading causes of death in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that similar to non-Hispanic whites (whites), the two leading causes of death in Hispanics are heart disease and cancer.

Liberia Travel Alert Revised from Level 3 to Level 2: “Practice Enhanced Precautions” - Media Statement

Mon, 04 May 2015 18:00:00 EDT

CDC has downgraded the travel notice for Ebola in Liberia to an Alert, Level 2, which means that CDC no longer recommends U.S. residents avoid nonessential travel to Liberia.

CDC Foundation’s New Business Pulse Focuses on Heart Health - Media Advisory

Mon, 04 May 2015 08:47:00 EDT

Business Pulse: Heart Health, launched this week by the CDC Foundation, shares how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works to protect Americans’ heart health, a strategy that can improve worker productivity and lower healthcare costs.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Health risks differ among the Hispanic population in the U.S. - Media Advisory

Fri, 01 May 2015 16:00:00 EDT

One in 6 people living in the U.S. are Hispanic, and this is expected to grow to 1 in 4 by 2035. This month’s Vital Signs focuses on Hispanic Health.

Public Health Response May Have Prevented Hundreds of Illnesses, Deaths in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak - Media Advisory

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:14:00 EDT

Quick action by thousands of public health officials and clinicians may have averted more than 153 cases of meningitis or stroke and 124 deaths during the 2012-2013 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) distributed by a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.

Microneedle Patch for Measles Vaccination Could Be a Game Changer - Press Release

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:46:00 EDT

A new microneedle patch being developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could make it easier to vaccinate people against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

Expanding Naloxone use could reduce drug overdose deaths and save lives - Press Release

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:32:00 EDT

Allowing more basic emergency medical service (EMS) staff to administer naloxone could reduce drug overdose deaths that involve opioids, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, “Disparity in Naloxone Administration by Emergency Medical Service Providers and the Burden of Drug Overdose in Rural Communities,” published in the American Journal of Public Health.

NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 377 - Outbreak of Recent HIV and HCV Infections among Persons Who Inject Drugs

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:00:00 EDT

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a large outbreak of recent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections among persons who inject drugs (PWID). Many of the HIV-infected individuals in this outbreak are co-infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to alert public health departments and healthcare providers of the possibility of HIV outbreaks among PWID and to provide guidance to assist in the identification and prevention of such outbreaks.

Boots on the Ground: CDC's Disease Detective Conference - Press Release

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:16:00 EDT

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will hold its 64th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference April 20-23 in Atlanta. The event showcases recent ground-breaking and often times life-saving investigations by CDC disease detectives.

Boots on the Ground: CDC’s Disease Detective Conference - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:02:00 EDT

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will hold its 64th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference April 20-23 in Atlanta. The event showcases recent ground-breaking and often times life-saving investigations by CDC disease detectives.

Transcript for CDC press briefing: E-cigarette use triples among middle and high school students in just one year - Transcript

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:30:00 EDT

There are now 2.5 million kids using e-cigarettes and 1.5 million using hookah. In just one year, the number of kids using hookah doubled, and the number of kids using e-cigarettes appears to have tripled.

Puerto Rico has lower rates of new cases of lung and breast cancer than the rest of US - Press Release

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:02:00 EDT

Puerto Rico has the lowest incidence rate of new lung cancer compared with all other races and ethnic groups in the United States, according to a study published today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

E-cigarette use triples among middle and high school students in just one year - Press Release

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:02:00 EDT

In 2014, the products most commonly used by high school students were e-cigarettes (13.4 percent), hookah (9.4 percent), cigarettes (9.2 percent), cigars (8.2 percent), smokeless tobacco (5.5 percent), snus (1.9 percent) and pipes (1.5 percent).

CDC Telebriefing on 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey Results - Media Advisory

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:00:00 EDT

CDC will discuss the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey results, highlighting the use of e-cigarette use and hookah use among middle and high school students.

Ebola vaccine trial begins in Sierra Leone - Press Release

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:16:00 EDT

Facts About CDC expand Contact Media Relations expand Get Email Updates To receive email updates about this page, enter your email address: What's this?Submit Media Features Sign up for our Features CDC Quick Links CDC In The News Data & Statistics Freedom of Information Act Office Public Health Image Library (PHIL) CDC 24/7 – Saving Lives. Protecting People. Saving Money Through Prevention. Learn More About How CDC Works For You… CDC>Newsroom Home>Press Materials>CDC Newsroom Releases Ebola vaccine trial begins in Sierra Leone 6,000 health and other frontline workers will receive vaccine in five districts of the country Recommend on Facebook Tweet ShareSharetwitter facebook pinterest linkedin email digg Press Release For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Contact: Media Relations (404) 639-3286 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the Sierra Leone College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) and the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), is now enrolling and vaccinating volunteers for the Sierra Leone Trial to Introduce a Vaccine against Ebola (STRIVE).

Launch of STRIVE Ebola Vaccine Trial - Media Advisory

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:06:00 EDT

A senior CDC health official will give an overview of the Sierra Leone Trial to Introduce a Vaccine against Ebola (STRIVE). CDC is launching the trial in partnership with the Sierra Leone College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.

EIS Save The Date - Media Advisory

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:00:00 EDT

CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) – better known as CDC’s disease detective program – kicks off its annual conference in Atlanta, GA. The event showcases EIS investigations conducted over the past year.

African Union and U.S. CDC Partner to Launch African CDC - Press Release

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:02:00 EDT

Washington, DC –A Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed today by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, M.B. Ch.B., chairperson of the African Union Commission, formalizes a collaboration between the African Union Commission and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in creating the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (African CDC).

CDC hosts historic summit honoring 100 years of moving minority health forward - Media Advisory

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:01:00 EDT

“National Negro Health Week to National Minority Health Month: 100 Years of Moving Public Health Forward,” a historical summit of minority health leaders on the 100th anniversary of National Negro Health Week – now National Minority Health Month – and the 30th anniversary of the 1985 Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health, known as “The Heckler Report.”

Transcript for CDC press briefing: Few Teens Use the Most Effective Types of Birth - Transcript

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 17:15:00 EDT

Thank you all for joining us today for the release of another CDC Vital Signs. This one on the use of long acting reversible contraception, also called LARC, among teens ages 15-19.

Teen Pregnancy - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 13:03:00 EDT

According to the latest CDC Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen births continue to decline in the U.S., but still more than 273,000 infants were born to teens ages 15 to 19 in 2013.

Few teens use the most effective types of birth control - Press Release

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 13:00:00 EDT

Teen births continue to decline in the U.S., but still more than 273,000 infants were born to teens ages 15 to 19 in 2013. Childbearing during the teen years can carry health, economic, and social costs for mothers and their children. The good news is that more teens are waiting to have sex, and of those who are sexually active, nearly 90 percent used birth control the last time they had sex. Data show that teens most often use condoms and birth control pills which, when not used consistently and correctly, are less effective for preventing pregnancy. According to this month’s Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, increasing access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) is one way to further reduce teen pregnancy.

Multidrug-resistant Shigellosis Spreading in the US - Press Release

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 13:02:00 EDT

Cipro-resistant Shigella is very contagious and is spreading in the United States and abroad. Thorough handwashing can help prevent shigellosis. When shigellosis does occur, doctors should use lab tests to determine which antibiotics will work to treat the infection, and doctors and patients should carefully consider whether antibiotics are needed at all. International travelers are bringing a multidrug-resistant intestinal illness to the United States and spreading it to others who haven't traveled, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Shigella sonnei bacteria resistant to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin sickened 243 people in 32 states and Puerto Rico between May 2014 and February 2015.

CDC publishes first national study on use of behavioral therapy, medication and dietary supplements for ADHD in children - Press Release

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:17:00 EDT

The first national study to look at behavioral therapy, medication, and dietary supplements to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among children ages 4-17 shows that less than one half of children with ADHD were receiving behavioral therapy in 2009-2010.

New analysis of breast cancer subtypes could lead to better risk stratification - Press Release

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:02:00 EDT

For the first time, researchers have used national data to determine the incidence of the four major molecular subtypes of breast cancer by age, race/ethnicity, poverty level, and several other factors.

Transcript for CDC press briefing: CDC launches powerful new ads in “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign - Transcript

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:30:00 EDT

CDC hosted a media briefing to reveal its next installment of the successful Tips From Former Smokers campaign, featuring former smokers who suffer from smoking-related illnesses, including vision loss and colorectal cancer.

Ebola in West Africa: The Importance of “Getting to Zero” - Press Release

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:35:00 EDT

One year after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began the largest international emergency response in agency history, the goal is the same: Get to zero new Ebola cases in West Africa.

Ebola: Getting to Zero - Digital Press Kit

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:18:00 EDT

In March 2014, CDC first learned of an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. CDC immediately sent a team to the field, initiating what would become the largest international outbreak response in the agency’s 70-year history.

Powerful new “Tips From Former Smokers” ads focus on living with vision loss and colorectal cancer - Press Release

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching its 2015 “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign with a series of powerful new ads featuring former smokers who suffer from smoking-related illnesses, including vision loss and colorectal cancer.

Few teens use the most effective types of birth control - Media Advisory

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a media briefing to coincide with the latest Vital Signs release. The topic is teen pregnancy and effective birth control methods available.

CDC launches powerful new ads in “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign - Media Advisory

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:17:00 EDT

CDC will host a media briefing to reveal its next installment of the successful Tips From Former Smokers campaign, featuring former smokers who suffer from smoking-related illnesses, including vision loss and colorectal cancer.

Misperceptions Keep Kids from Getting Lifesaving Treatment for Tickborne Diseases - Press Release

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:45:00 EDT

Short-term doxycycline use does not stain kids’ teeth, CDC/IHS study finds.

CDC Study Shows Updated Overseas TB Screening Guidelines Identify More Cases - Media Advisory

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:00:00 EDT

A CDC study published today shows that because of new screening guidelines issued in 2007, physicians overseas identified 629 additional cases of tuberculosis (TB) in 2012 among immigrants and refugees bound for the United States.

Update: CDC investigating potential exposures of American citizens to Ebola in West Africa - Media Statement

Sat, 14 Mar 2015 14:17:00 EDT

CDC continues to investigate potential Ebola exposure among individuals in Sierra Leone, including several American citizens, following the identification of an American volunteer healthcare worker in Sierra Leone who tested positive for Ebola virus.

CDC investigating potential exposures of American citizens to Ebola in West Africa - Media Statement

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:47:00 EDT

On March 13, an American volunteer healthcare worker in Sierra Leone who tested positive for Ebola virus returned to the U.S. by medevac and was admitted to the NIH Clinical Center for care and treatment.

Conclusion of Select Agent Inquiry into Burkholderia pseudomallei Release at Tulane National Primate Research Center - Media Statement

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:02:00 EDT

Officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the U. S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have completed their joint investigation into how the Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria may have been inadvertently transferred from a secure, select agent laboratory into animals from the breeding colony of the Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC).

2 out of 3 people with invasive cancer are surviving 5 years or more - Press Release

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:15:00 EDT

Two out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer survive five years or more, according to a CDC study published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

New AMA, CDC Initiative Aims to “Prevent Diabetes STAT” - Press Release

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:01:00 EDT

With more than 86 million Americans living with prediabetes and nearly 90 percent of them unaware of it, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced that they have joined forces to take urgent action to Prevent Diabetes STAT and are urging others to join in this critical effort.

AMA, CDC to Announce Urgent National Initiative to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes - Media Advisory

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:32:00 EDT

With more than 86 million Americans living with prediabetes and nearly 90 percent of them unaware of it, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are set to make a major announcement this week about their new joint effort aimed at preventing type 2 diabetes.

Community Health Status Indicators Website Launch - Media Advisory

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:02:00 EDT

Facts About CDC expand Contact Media Relations expand Get Email Updates To receive email updates about this page, enter your email address: What's this?Submit Media Features Sign up for our Features CDC Quick Links CDC In The News Data & Statistics Freedom of Information Act Office Public Health Image Library (PHIL) CDC 24/7 – Saving Lives. Protecting People. Saving Money Through Prevention. Learn More About How CDC Works For You… CDC>Newsroom Home>Press Materials>CDC Newsroom Releases Community Health Status Indicators Website Launch Recommend on Facebook Tweet ShareSharetwitter facebook pinterest linkedin email digg Media Advisory For Immediate Release: Tuesady, March 10, 2015 Contact: CDC Media Relations 404-639-3286 Today, CDC released the updated Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) online tool that produces public health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: What actions could reduce 40% of death and injury among truck drivers? - Transcript

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:47:00 EDT

Transcript for the telebriefing - for this month’s Vital Signs, which focuses on proven interventions employers and truck drivers can use to help reduce fatal injuries and motor vehicle crashes.

Crashes are the leading cause of on-the-job death for truck drivers in the US - Press Release

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:04:00 EDT

Our nation depends on truck drivers to deliver goods and services safely and efficiently. Yet, crashes involving large trucks continue to take a toll on truck drivers, their passengers, other road users, businesses, and the community.

Truck Crashes - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:03:00 EDT

Using a seatbelt is the single most effective intervention to prevent truck drivers from being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash. According to a new CDC Vital Signs report, more than 1 in 3 truck drivers who died in crashes in 2012 were not buckled up, a decision which could have prevented approximately 40% of these deaths.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - What actions could reduce 40% of death and injury among truck drivers? - Media Advisory

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:32:00 EDT

Truck drivers are essential to the transportation of goods in the nation, but also have a risky job. This month’s Vital Signs focuses on proven interventions employers and truck drivers can use to help reduce fatal injuries and motor vehicle crashes.

Global hypertension treatment will save millions of lives - Press Release

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:47:00 EDT

In just 10 years, 10 million heart attacks and strokes could be averted worldwide by treating just half the people with uncontrolled hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, suggests CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., and colleagues in a Lancet commentary published today.

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reaffirms recommendation for annual influenza vaccination - Media Statement

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:03:00 EDT

Today the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted on its annual influenza vaccine recommendations for 2015-2016. ACIP voted to continue to recommend that all persons 6 months and older be vaccinated annually against influenza.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Study on Clostridium difficile infection - Transcript

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:22:00 EDT

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Study on Clostridium difficile infection

New CDC study highlights burden of pneumonia hospitalizations on U.S. children - Press Release

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:06:00 EDT

Children younger than 5 years of age accounted for 70 percent of pneumonia hospitalizations among children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in a study published today.

Nearly half a million Americans suffered from Clostridium difficile infections in a single year - Press Release

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:05:00 EDT

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) caused almost half a million infections among patients in the United States in a single year, according to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Clostridium difficile infection - Media Advisory

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:04:00 EDT

CDC will discuss new national burden estimates for infections and deaths from C. difficile, a deadly diarrheal infection associated with antibiotic use.

Nearly half a million Americans suffer from C. difficile infections in single year - Digital Press Kit

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:37:00 EDT

Clostridium difficile caused almost half a million infections among patients in the United States in a single year, according to a new CDC study. C. difficile causes inflammation of the colon and deadly diarrhea.

Million Hearts Recognizes 2014 Hypertension Control Champions - Press Release

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:03:00 EDT

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts initiative recognized 30 public and private health care practices and systems across the country as Hypertension Control Champions for their success in helping patients control high blood pressure.

CDC, Federal Partners Develop Improved Method for Attributing Foodborne Illness - Media Statement

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:32:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have developed an improved method for analyzing outbreak data to determine which foods are responsible for illnesses related to four major foodborne bacteria.

Ebola containment strategy succeeding in Liberia - Press Release

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:45:00 EDT

The Rapid Isolation and Treatment of Ebola (RITE) strategy is helping to end the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, according to new data reported in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The strategy—a rapid, coordinated response to Ebola cases in remote areas—is now being used in Sierra Leone and Guinea.

CDC and Partners Investigate Newly Discovered Virus - Media Advisory

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:45:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is today reporting on the discovery of a new virus that may have contributed to the death of a previously healthy man in eastern Kansas in late spring 2014. A CDC study published today details the progression of the man's illness and actions taken by CDC, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), and University of Kansas Medical Center (UKMC) to treat and investigate the case. The virus, named Bourbon virus for the county where the patient lived, is part of a group of viruses called thogotoviruses. This is the first time a virus in this group has been shown to cause human illness in the United States and only the eighth known case of thogotoviruses causing symptoms in people.

Ongoing Inquiry into Melioidosis Illness at Tulane National Research Center - Media Statement

Sat, 07 Feb 2015 19:45:00 EDT

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), continues to work with Tulane University and state and local officials to assess and respond to the bacterial illness of two non-human primates at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in late November. At this time, there is no known public health threat.

CDC Releases Report on Recent Lab Incident - Media Statement

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:37:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has completed an internal investigation of an incident that occurred in December within the agency’s Ebola virus laboratory, which resulted in no illness and was unlikely to have involved an exposure to live Ebola virus.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Secondhand smoke exposure kills - Transcript

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:05:00 EDT

Telebriefing transcript for February Vital Signs: Secondhand smoke exposure kills

Secondhand Smoke Exposure - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 13:07:00 EDT

Although secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in the United States dropped by half between 1999-2000 and 2011-2012, one in four nonsmokers -- 58 million people -- are still exposed to SHS, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

58 million nonsmokers in US are still exposed to secondhand smoke - Press Release

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 13:06:00 EDT

Although secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in the United States dropped by half between 1999 to 2000 and 2011 to 2012, one in four nonsmokers -- 58 million people -- are still exposed to SHS, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Secondhand smoke exposure kills - Media Advisory

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 11:09:00 EDT

Although secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in the US dropped by half between 1999 to 2000 and 2011 to 2012, one in four nonsmokers - 58 million people - are still exposed to SHS.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Measles in the United States, 2015 - Transcript

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:00:00 EDT

CDC provided information on current U.S. measles outbreak and guidance for health protection.

CDC Telebriefing: Measles in the United States, 2015 - Media Advisory

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:30:00 EDT

CDC will provide information on current U.S. measles outbreak and guidance for health protection.

CDC Foundation’s New Business Pulse Focuses on a Healthy Workforce - Media Advisory

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EDT

Business Pulse: Healthy Workforce, launched today by CDC Foundation, provides employers and workers with access to resources and information to help improve workforce health and safety, attract and retain high-performing employees and minimize health care costs.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 376 - U.S. Multi-state Measles Outbreak, December 2014-January 2015

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State Health Departments are investigating a multi-state outbreak of measles associated with travel to Disneyland Resort Theme Parks (which includes Disneyland and Disney California Adventure). The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to notify public health departments and healthcare facilities about this measles outbreak and to provide guidance to healthcare providers. Healthcare providers should ensure that all of their patients are current on MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. They should consider measles in the differential diagnosis of patients with fever and rash and ask patients about recent international travel or travel to domestic venues frequented by international travelers. They should also ask patients about their history of measles exposures in their community. Please disseminate this information to healthcare providers in hospitals and emergency rooms, to primary care providers, and to microbiology laboratories.

Opioid painkillers widely prescribed among reproductive age women - Press Release

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:00:00 EDT

More than a third of reproductive-aged women enrolled in Medicaid, and more than a quarter of those with private insurance, filled a prescription for an opioid pain medication each year during 2008-2012, according to a report in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Protection from Flu Vaccination Reduced this Season - Press Release

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:10:00 EDT

A report published in the January 16 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) estimates that getting a flu vaccine this season reduced a person’s risk of having to go to the doctor because of flu by 23 percent among people of all ages.

Progress Being Made in Infection Control in U.S. Hospitals; Continued Improvements Needed - Press Release

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:01:00 EDT

Progress has been made in the effort to eliminate infections that commonly threaten hospital patients, including a 46 percent decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) between 2008 and 2013, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2013 Drug Overdose Mortality Data Announced - Press Release

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:00:00 EDT

Today, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is announcing the 2013 drug overdose mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data show that drug deaths related to prescription opioids have remained stable since 2012, but the mortality rate associated with heroin increased for the third year in a row.

Remarkable Progress Five Years after Haiti Earthquake - Press Release

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:10:00 EDT

Five years after the devastating earthquake in 2010 left millions in need of urgent medical care, Haiti has made significant progress toward rebuilding the national public health system.

Remarkable Progress Five Years after Haiti Earthquake - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:47:00 EDT

Five years after the devastating earthquake in 2010 left millions in need of urgent medical care, Haiti has made significant progress toward rebuilding the national public health system.

Statement from CDC Director Tom Frieden on the passing of Rosemary V. Hernandez, former Tips From Former Smokers ad participant - Media Statement

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 16:47:00 EDT

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend Rosemary V. Hernandez, known to many as Rose. When smoking gave her lung cancer, she gave her story to millions, moving many to quit smoking or to never start.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Update on Flu Season 2014-15 - Transcript

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 16:32:00 EDT

CDC provided an update on the 2014-2015 influenza season.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 375 - CDC Health Update Regarding Treatment of Patients with Influenza with Antiviral Medications

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 11:00:00 EDT

Widespread influenza activity is being reported in most U.S. states, with influenza A (H3N2) viruses most common. H3N2-predominant flu seasons have been associated with more hospitalizations and deaths in older people and young children in the past. In addition, approximately two-thirds of H3N2 viruses that have been tested at CDC are antigenically or genetically different from the H3N2 vaccine virus. This difference suggests that vaccine effectiveness may be reduced this season. High hospitalization rates are being observed, similar to what was seen during the 2012-2013 influenza season. Hospitalization rates are especially high among people 65 years and older. In this context, the use of influenza antiviral drugs as an adjunct to vaccination becomes even more important than usual in protecting people from influenza. Antiviral medications are effective in treating influenza and reducing complications. Antivirals are available and recommended, but evidence from the current and previous influenza seasons suggests that they are severely underutilized.

CDC Telebriefing: Update on Flu Season 2014-15 - Media Advisory

Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:36:00 EDT

CDC will provide an update on the 2014-2015 influenza season.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Too many people die of alcohol poisoning in the US - Transcript

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 17:17:00 EDT

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing on the new Vital Signs report. There is an average of 6 alcohol poisoning deaths every day in the US. Most deaths occur among middle-aged adults. Alcohol poisoning deaths are preventable.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Too many people die of alcohol poisoning in the US - Media Advisory

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:03:00 EDT

There is an average of 6 alcohol poisoning deaths every day in the US. Most deaths occur among middle-aged adults. Alcohol poisoning deaths are preventable.

Alcohol Poisoning Deaths - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:03:00 EDT

Alcohol poisoning deaths are caused by drinking a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time. This can result in very high levels of alcohol in the body, which can shutdown critical areas of the brain that control breathing, heart rate, and body temperature - resulting in death.

Alcohol poisoning kills six people in the US each day - Press Release

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:02:00 EDT

More than 2,200 people die from alcohol poisoning each year in the United States – an average of six deaths each day – according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Enhanced Airport Entry Screening To End for Travelers from Mali to the United States - Press Release

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 12:15:00 EDT

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will remove Mali from the list of Ebola-affected nations subject to enhanced visa and port-of-entry screening.

Lab Safety Report on Ebola Virus Transfer - Media Statement

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting today that a small amount of material from an Ebola virus experiment that was securely transported from a Select-Agent-approved BSL-4 lab to a Select-Agent-approved BSL-2 lab may have contained live virus.

Ebola epidemic continues to spread, requiring intensified effort - Press Release

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:32:00 EDT

After more than a year of Ebola transmission in Guinea and more than 7 months of transmission in Liberia and Sierra Leone, there is still much to be done to stop the world’s first Ebola epidemic, CDC director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H reported from his second visit to the three affected nations.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Update on the CDC Response to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa - December 22, 2014 - Transcript

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:30:00 EDT

This CDC media telebriefing included a public health assessment of the current status of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Update on the CDC Response to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa: December 22, 2014 - Media Advisory

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:32:00 EDT

Media telebriefing will include a public health assessment of the current status of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

School-Based Obesity-Prevention Program Helps to Decrease Parents’ BMI - Media Advisory

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:10:00 EDT

A study released today shows that benefits of a school-and community-based childhood obesity intervention program can spill over to parents, decreasing parents’ body mass index (BMI).

CDC Year in Review: “Mission: Critical” - Press Release

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:31:00 EDT

It’s been an unprecedented year for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as America’s public health agency continues its emergency response to the most complex Ebola epidemic in history. Ebola, however, is far from the only critical mission CDC undertook in 2014.

More than 300 million people in at least 70 countries use smokeless tobacco - Press Release

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:31:00 EDT

The first-ever report on the global use and public health impact of smokeless tobacco finds that more than 300 million people in at least 70 countries use these harmful products. The report, Smokeless Tobacco and Public Health: A Global Perspective, is being released today by the CDC and the National Cancer Institute at the National Conference on Smoking or Health in Mumbai, India.

MISSION: CRITICAL - 2014 Year in Review - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:32:00 EDT

CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and domestic. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, natural or through deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Supporting West African Ebola Survivors - Press Release

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:47:00 EDT

The case fatality rate in West Africa’s ongoing Ebola epidemic – estimates range from 60 percent to 70 percent of those hospitalized – hides a hopeful statistic: the fact that many Ebola patients survive. There now are thousands of Ebola survivors.

More than 16 million children live in states where they can buy e-cigarettes legally - Press Release

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:00:00 EDT

Forty states have enacted laws prohibiting the sale of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes, to minors, but 10 states and the District of Columbia still permit such sales, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

New Study Shows Increase in Raw Milk-Associated Outbreaks - Media Advisory

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:47:00 EDT

A study published today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal shows that the average annual number of outbreaks due to drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk more than quadrupled since the last similar study – from an average of three outbreaks per year during 1993-2006 to 13 per year during 2007-2012. Overall,

CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign provided outstanding return on investment - Press Release

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:32:00 EDT

The 2012 Tips From Former Smokers campaign spent only $480 per smoker who quit and $393 per year of life saved, according to an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results of the study were published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Results from the second annual National Health Security Preparedness Index - Media Advisory

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:02:00 EDT

Today, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more than 35 development partners, released its second report of the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI™). The NHSPI™ graded the nation’s preparedness for natural disasters, terrorism, and disease pandemics at 7.4 out of 10.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Update on Flu Season 2014-15 - Transcript

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:02:00 EDT

CDC hosted a media briefing to discuss Update on Flu Season

Early Data Suggests Potentially Severe Flu Season - Press Release

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:31:00 EDT

Early data suggests that the current 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges immediate vaccination for anyone still unvaccinated this season and recommends prompt treatment with antiviral drugs for people at high risk of complications who develop flu.

CDC Telebriefing: Update on Flu Season 2014-15 - Media Advisory

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 09:01:00 EDT

CDC will provide an update on the use of this year’s influenza vaccine and the potential need for antiviral medications.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 374 - CDC Health Advisory Regarding the Potential for Circulation of Drifted Influenza A (H3N2) Viruses

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:00:00 EDT

Influenza activity is currently low in the United States as a whole, but is increasing in some parts of the country. This season, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been reported most frequently and have been detected in almost all states. During past seasons when influenza A (H3N2) viruses have predominated, higher overall and age-specific hospitalization rates and more mortality have been observed, especially among older people, very young children, and persons with certain chronic medical conditions compared with seasons during which influenza A (H1N1) or influenza B viruses have predominated.

Adult cigarette smoking rate overall hits all-time low - Press Release

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:00:00 EDT

Cigarette Smoking Overall Among Adults in the U.S. is Down. Entire Infographic “There is encouraging news in this study, but we still have much more work to do to help people quit,” said Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H., director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “We can bring down cigarette smoking rates much further, much faster, if strategies proven to work are put in place like funding tobacco control programs at the CDC-recommended levels, increasing prices of tobacco products, implementing and enforcing comprehensive smoke-free laws, and sustaining hard-hitting media campaigns.” While smoking rates have dropped, there is a significant need to help those who continue to smoke. Cigarette smoking remains especially high among certain groups, most notably those below the poverty level, those who have less education, Americans of multiple race, American Indians/Alaska Natives, males, those who live in the South or Midwest, those who have a disability or limitation, and those who are lesbian/gay/bisexual.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 373 - Fatal Gastrointestinal Mucormycosis in an Infant Following Ingestion of Contaminated Dietary Supplement – Connecticut, 2014

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:30:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Connecticut Departments of Public Health and Consumer Protection are investigating a fatal case of gastrointestinal (GI) mucormycosis caused by Rhizopus oryzae in a premature infant. The infant received ABC Dophilus® Powder, a dietary supplement product containing viable microbial ingredients purchased from Solgar, Inc., Leonia, New Jersey. The product claimed to have “probiotic” properties and is marketed for infants and children. Subsequent testing of the same lot of unopened Solgar ABC Dophilus® Powder revealed contamination with Rhizopus oryzae. The purpose of this HAN advisory is to provide awareness about this fatal case of GI mucormycosis following ingestion of a contaminated dietary supplement and to provide guidance to state health departments and health care providers. Please disseminate this information to healthcare workers in neonatal intensive care units, hospital pharmacies, pediatricians, and primary care providers, as well as to microbiology and pathology laboratories.

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - How can increased HIV care and treatment prevent new infections and save lives? - Transcript

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:02:00 EDT

CDC hosted a media briefing to discuss a new Vital Signs report containing updated estimates on HIV diagnosis, care, and treatment among Americans with HIV.

Only 3 in 10 Americans with HIV have virus in check - Press Release

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:00:00 EDT

Just 30 percent of Americans with HIV had the virus under control in 2011, and approximately two-thirds of those whose virus was out of control had been diagnosed but were no longer in care, according to a new Vital Signs report published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HIV Stages of Care - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:00:00 EDT

CDC’s latest Vital Signs Report finds just 30 percent of the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV have the virus under control. Among those who don’t have their virus in check, two-thirds have been diagnosed, but are no longer in care.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - How can increased HIV care and treatment prevent new infections and save lives? - Media Advisory

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:15:00 EDT

CDC will host a media briefing to discuss a new Vital Signs report containing updated estimates on HIV diagnosis, care, and treatment among Americans with HIV.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 372 - Enhanced Airport Entry Screening and Active Post-Arrival Monitoring for People Traveling to the United States from Mali

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:30:00 EDT

On November 13, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a travel alert (Level 2) for Mali following reports of a cluster of Ebola cases in Bamako, Mali, that were linked to a man who had become sick in Guinea and traveled to Bamako, Mali. CDC is working with the government of Mali, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners to control further spread of Ebola in Mali. In addition, CDC is working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to expand enhanced entry screening at U.S. airports and post-arrival monitoring of people whose travel originates in Mali.

CDC and USAID update on Liberia Ebola Response - Transcript

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:01:00 EDT

Telebriefing: CDC and USAID update on Liberia Ebola Response

Most people who drink excessively are not alcohol dependent - Press Release

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:46:00 EDT

Nine in 10 adults who drink too much alcohol are not alcoholics or alcohol dependent, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Enhanced Airport Entry Screening to Begin for Travelers to the United States from Mali - Press Release

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) added Mali to the list of Ebola-affected nations for which enhanced screening and monitoring measures will be taken.

CDC Releases New Reports on Ebola Cases in Liberia and the United States - Press Release

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:45:00 EDT

The effort to contain the Ebola epidemic in Liberia is showing preliminary signs of progress in some counties, but maintaining and extending these trends will require sustained efforts, according to three early-release articles in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on November 14.

Transcript: CDC Telebriefing: Eye Health - Transcript

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:47:00 EDT

Tanscript for the telebriefing on Eye Health

Youth tobacco smoking rates putting millions at risk of premature death - Press Release

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:02:00 EDT

Almost 23 percent of high school students currently use a tobacco product, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Eye Health and Contact Lenses - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:02:00 EDT

About 38 million Americans wear contact lenses. They offer good sight without the hassle of wearing glasses. But, if not taken care of correctly, they can also lead to a painful and sometimes blinding condition called keratitis, a condition of the cornea that can be caused by a variety of bacteria, fungi and other germs.

Nearly one million doctor visits for eye infections annually in US - Press Release

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:01:00 EDT

Each year, Americans make nearly a million doctor visits for eye infections, resulting in $175 million in direct health care costs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated in the first study of its kind. Keratitis, an infection of the cornea, causes pain and inflammation and can lead to blindness in severe cases.

CDC Telebriefing: Eye Health - Media Advisory

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:02:00 EDT

CDC is releasing the first national estimates of doctor visits and healthcare costs associated with keratitis, an eye condition that can lead to blindness when left untreated.

US skin cancer costs rise from 2002 through 2011 - Press Release

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EDT

The costs associated with skin cancer increased five times as fast as treatments for other cancers between 2002 and 2011, according to a CDC study published online today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

CDC Increasing Supply of Ebola-specific Personal Protective Equipment for U.S. Hospitals - Press Release

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:47:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ordered $2.7 million in personal protective equipment (PPE) to increase Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) supplies to assist U.S. hospitals caring for Ebola patients.

Health Experts to Explore Antibiotic Use In Animals at Symposium - Media Advisory

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:03:00 EDT

2014 Antibiotics Symposium hosted by National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA)

Chikungunya outbreak progresses in Caribbean, Central and South America - Press Release

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:02:00 EDT

United States means residents in most of the country will see fewer mosquitoes and less risk of the diseases they spread. However, the chikungunya outbreak in Caribbean and Central and South American countries continues to spread with no sign of slowing down.

Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - How can we stop deaths from cervical cancer? - Transcript

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:00:00 EDT

Telebriefing on the new Vital Signs Report: How can we stop deaths from cervical cancer?

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week - Digital Press Kit

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:17:00 EDT

Infections caused by resistant bacteria have become more common, and many bacteria have become resistant to multiple antibiotics. In fact, each year more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result.

Cervical Cancer Prevention - Digital Press Kit

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:03:00 EDT

No woman should die from cervical cancer. While screening tests have greatly reduced deaths from this disease, every year in the U.S., more than 12,000 women get cervical cancer, and 4,000 die from it. 93% of cervical cancer deaths could be prevented through screening and HPV vaccination.

Millions of US women are not getting screened for cervical cancer - Press Release

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:02:00 EDT

Despite evidence that cervical cancer screening saves lives, about eight million women ages 21 to 65 years have not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years, according to a new Vital Signs (www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns) report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of new cervical cancer cases occur among women who have never or rarely been screened.

New Vital Signs Report: How can we stop deaths from cervical cancer? - Media Advisory

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:47:00 EDT

Despite evidence that cervical cancer screening saves lives, in 2012 about eight million women ages 21 to 65 years had not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:02:00 EDT

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers helps parents interact positively with children. It provides proven answers to common challenges so moms, dads, and caregivers can help two- to four-year-olds grow up happy and healthy.

Update: CDC Ebola Response and Interim Guidance - Transcript

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:45:00 EDT

CDC hosted a telebriefing on the CDC Ebola Response and Interim Guidance

CDC Issues Revised Interim U.S. Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Potential Ebola Virus Exposure - Media Statement

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued today revised Interim U.S. Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Ebola Virus Exposure

Monitoring Symptoms and Controlling Movement to Stop Spread of Ebola - Fact Sheet

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:00:00 EDT

This fact sheet explains CDC’s updated guidance to protect America from Ebola. This updated guidance focuses on strengthening how we monitor people who may have been exposed to Ebola and how medical professionals will oversee their care and, when warranted to protect the public health or our communities, limit their movement or activities.

Update: CDC Ebola Response and Interim Guidance: 10-27-2014 - Media Advisory

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:02:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing on the CDC Ebola Response and Interim Guidance

Update: New York City and CDC Report Positive Tests for Ebola in Volunteer International Aid Worker - 10-24-2014 - Media Statement

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:45:00 EDT

A hospitalized medical aid worker who volunteered in Guinea, one of the three West African nations experiencing an Ebola epidemic, and since returned to the United States has tested positive for Ebola according to the New York City Health Department laboratory, which is part of the Laboratory Response Network overseen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC has confirmed the test results in its Atlanta laboratory.

Making Progress Toward a World Without Polio - Digital Press Kit

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:32:00 EDT

A world free from polio is possible thanks to extraordinary progress made since the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988 when 350,000 polio cases were reported in 125 polio-endemic countries around the world.

New York City Reports Positive Test for Ebola in Volunteer International Aid Work - Media Statement

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:00:00 EDT

A hospitalized medical aid worker who volunteered in Guinea, one of the three West African nations experiencing an Ebola epidemic, and since returned to the United States has tested positive for Ebola according to the New York City Health Department laboratory, which is part of the Laboratory Response Network overseen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC update on Ebola Response : 10-22-2014 - Transcript

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:00:00 EDT

CDC hosted a telebriefing to update CDC Ebola response activities in the United States and West Africa.

CDC Announces Active Post-Arrival Monitoring for Travelers from Impacted Countries - Press Release

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:02:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that public health authorities will begin active post-arrival monitoring of travelers whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea.

CDC update on Ebola Response, 10-22-2014 - Media Advisory

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:16:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to update CDC Ebola response activities in the United States and West Africa.

Innovative Response by Firestone Health Officials May Have Limited Ebola Spread in a Part of Liberia - Press Release

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:15:00 EDT

Ebola strategies offered to families of company workers might work elsewhere

CDC update on Ebola Response and PPE: 10-20-2014 - Transcript

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:17:00 EDT

CDC hosted a telebriefing to update the investigation of Ebola in the United States and West Africa.

Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola - Fact Sheet - Media Statement

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:17:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity.

CDC update on Ebola Response and PPE: 10-20-2014 - Media Advisory

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:05:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to update the CDC Ebola Response and PPE.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dallas and Ohio Flights - Frequently Asked Questions

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:30:00 EDT

The hospital worker was monitoring herself for fever and other symptoms of Ebola, but did not fall into any of the risk categories that required restriction of movement based on CDC's movement and monitoring guidelines.

CDC is expanding its outreach to airline passengers now to include those who flew from Dallas Fort Worth to Cleveland

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expanding its outreach to airline passengers now to include those who flew from Dallas Fort Worth to Cleveland on Frontier flight 1142 on Oct. 10.

CDC update on Ebola Response, 10-15-2014 - Transcript

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:02:00 EDT

CDC hosted a press briefing update the investigation of Ebola in the United States and West Africa.

CDC update on Ebola Response: 10-15-2014 - Media Advisory

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:32:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to update the investigation of Ebola in the United States and West Africa.

CDC and Frontier Airlines Announce Passenger Notification Underway - Media Statement

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:32:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that the second healthcare worker who tested positive last night for Ebola traveled by air Oct. 13, the day before she reported symptoms.

Texas Reports Positive Test for Ebola in One Additional Healthcare Worker - Media Statement

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 05:00:00 EDT

A second healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the index patient has tested positive for Ebola according to preliminary tests performed overnight by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ laboratory.

CDC Taking Active Steps Related to Hospital Preparedness for Ebola Treatment - Fact Sheet

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:00:00 EDT

In addition to an initial team of 10 public health professionals sent on September 30 to support contact tracing and response after an index patient was hospitalized with Ebola in Dallas, CDC has sent new resources to Dallas to support the highest standard of infection control.

CDC update on Ebola Response, 10-14-2014 - Transcript

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:01:00 EDT

CDC hosted a press briefing update the investigation of Ebola in the United States and West Africa..

CDC Develops a New, Faster Lab Test for Enterovirus D68 - Press Release

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:03:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed and started using a new, faster lab test for detecting enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in specimens from people in the United States with respiratory illness. This test will allow CDC to more rapidly test remaining specimens received from states since mid-September.

CDC update on Ebola Response: 10-14-2014 - Media Advisory

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:17:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to update the investigation of Ebola in the United States and West Africa.

CDC update on Ebola Response, 10-13-2014 - Transcript

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:31:00 EDT

CDC hosted a press briefing update the investigation of Ebola in the United States and West Africa..

CDC Confirms Healthcare Worker Who Provided Care for First Patient Positive for Ebola - Media Statement

Sun, 12 Oct 2014 15:30:00 EDT

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed test results reported late last night by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ public health laboratory showing that a healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital is positive for Ebola. The healthcare worker, who provided care for the Dallas index patient, was isolated soon after symptoms started and remains so now.

CDC update on Dallas Ebola Response, 10-12-2014 - Transcript

Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:01:00 EDT

CDC hosted a press briefing to update on Dallas Ebola Response.

CDC update on Dallas Ebola Response - Media Advisory

Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:16:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to update Dallas Ebola Response

Texas Reports Positive Test for Ebola in a Health Care Worker - Media Statement

Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:30:00 EDT

A healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the index patient has tested positive for Ebola according to preliminary tests by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ laboratory. The patient was isolated after the initial report of a fever and remains so now. Confirmation testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s laboratory will be done today.

CDC update on Ebola Response - Media Advisory

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:51:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to update the investigation of Ebola in the United States and West Africa.

CDC Telebriefing: CDC update on first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States, 10-08-2014 - Transcript

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:00:00 EDT

CDC hosted a press briefing to update on first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States and New Ebola Screening Guidelines in U.S. Airports.

Enhanced Ebola Screening to Start at Five U.S. Airports and New Tracking Program for all People Entering U.S. from Ebola-affected Countries- Press Release

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:16:00 EDT

New layers of screening at airports that receive more than 94% of West African Travelers

CDC update on first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States and New Ebola Screening Guidelines in U.S. Airports - Media Advisory

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:02:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to update on first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States and New Ebola Screening Guidelines in U.S. Airports.

CDC Telebriefing: CDC update on first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States, 10-07-2014 - Transcript

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 19:51:00 EDT

CDC hosted a telebriefing to update the investigation of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report. How can states prevent costly motor vehicle crashes? - Transcript

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:00:00 EDT

More than 2.5 million people in the U.S.—nearly 7,000 each day—went to the emergency department because of motor vehicle crash injuries in 2012, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.

CDC update on first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States: 10-07-2014 - Media Advisory

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:47:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to update the investigation of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

CDC report shows motor vehicle crash injuries are frequent and costly - Press Release

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:02:00 EDT

More than 2.5 million people went to the emergency department (ED) – and nearly 200,000 of them were hospitalized – because of motor vehicle crash injuries in 2012, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New CDC Vital Signs: Costs of Car Crash Injuries - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:02:00 EDT

More than 2.5 million people in the U.S.—nearly 7,000 each day—went to the emergency department because of motor vehicle crash injuries in 2012, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. Not only do these injuries occur frequently, they are extremely costly to individuals, employers, the healthcare system, and society.

CDC Launches #20Million Memorial to Honor Lives Lost to Smoking - Media Statement

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:02:00 EDT

CDC launched today the “#20 Million Memorial,” a social media effort that honors the more than 20 million Americans who have died from smoking since the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was issued over 50 years ago.

CDC Nowcasting the Spread of Chikungunya in Americas - Press Release

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:02:00 EDT

New model estimates areas most likely to have had chikungunya activity in previous month.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - How can states prevent costly motor vehicle crashes? - Media Advisory

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:02:00 EDT

This month’s Vital Signs report looks at the lifetime costs of motor vehicle crash injuries. Preventing motor vehicle crashes from happening in the first place can prevent injuries and save money, yet not all states have fully implemented interventions to prevent crashes and reduce injuries.

CDC Update on First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the United States, 10-05-2014 - Transcript

Sun, 05 Oct 2014 16:30:00 EDT

CDC hosted a media briefing to update the investigation of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States..

CDC update on first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States: 10-05-2014 - Media Advisory

Sun, 05 Oct 2014 10:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a media briefing to update the investigation of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

CDC Update on First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the United States, 10-04-2014 - Transcript

Sat, 04 Oct 2014 15:04:00 EDT

CDC hosted a media briefing to update the investigation of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States..

CDC update on first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States: 10-04-2014 - Media Advisory

Sat, 04 Oct 2014 14:52:00 EDT

CDC will host a media briefing to update the investigation of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

Update: Sick airline passenger, Newark - Media Statement

Sat, 04 Oct 2014 10:02:00 EDT

On October 4, CDC's Quarantine Public Health Officer met a flight arriving from Brussels, Belgium at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport to assess a sick passenger who had traveled from West Africa.

CDC Update on First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the United States, 10-03-2014 - Transcript

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:17:00 EDT

CDC hosted a telebriefing to update the investigation of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

CDC update on first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States, 10-03-2014 - Media Advisory

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:17:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to update the investigation of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 371 - Evaluating Patients for Possible Ebola Virus Disease: Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel and Health Officials

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:00:00 EDT

The first case of Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) diagnosed in the United States was reported to CDC by Dallas County Health and Human Services on September 28, 2014, and laboratory-confirmed by CDC and the Texas Laboratory Response Network (LRN) laboratory on September 30. The patient departed Monrovia, Liberia, on September 19, and arrived in Dallas, Texas, on September 20. The patient was asymptomatic during travel and upon his arrival in the United States; he fell ill on September 24 and sought medical care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas on September 26. He was treated and released. On September 28, he returned to the same hospital, and was admitted for treatment.

Heroin overdose deaths increased in many states through 2012 - Press Release

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:02:00 EDT

Heroin deaths increased sharply in many states, according to a report of death certificate data from 28 states published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Almost $500 million could be saved annually by making subsidized housing smoke-free - Press Release

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:02:00 EDT

Prohibiting smoking in all government subsidized housing in the United States, including public housing, would save an estimated $497 million per year in health care and housing-related costs, according to a CDC study published in Preventing Chronic Disease.

CDC update on first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States - Media Advisory

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:50:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to update the investigation of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

CDC update on first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States, 10-02-2014 - Transcript

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:32:00 EDT

CDC hosted a telebriefing to update the investigation of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

CDC Team Assisting Ebola Response in Dallas, Texas - Press Release

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:00:00 EDT

Ten experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – supported 24/7 by the CDC’s full Emergency Operations Center and Ebola experts in CDC’s Atlanta headquarters – have arrived in Texas and are working closely with Texas state and local health departments to investigate the first Ebola case in the United States.

CDC and Texas Health Department Confirm First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the U.S. - Press Release

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:30:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed today, through laboratory tests, the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from West Africa.

CDC Confirms First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the United States - Media Advisory

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:30:00 EDT

CDC will host a media briefing on confirming first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

CDC Press Conference: CDC Confirms First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the United States - Transcript

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:46:00 EDT

CDC hosted a media briefing on confirming first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

Ebola outbreak is nearing possible end in Nigeria - Press Release

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:17:00 EDT

The Ebola outbreak in Nigeria appears to be nearing a possible end thanks to a rapid response coordinated by Nigeria’s Emergency Operations Center with assistance from international partners, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 370 - Acute Neurologic Illness with Focal Limb Weakness of Unknown Etiology in Children

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Children’s Hospital Colorado to investigate a cluster of nine pediatric patients hospitalized with acute neurologic illness of undetermined etiology. The illness is characterized by focal limb weakness and abnormalities of the spinal cord gray matter on MRI. These illnesses have occurred since August 1, 2014 coincident with an increase of respiratory illnesses among children in Colorado. The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to provide awareness of this neurologic syndrome under investigation with the aim of determining if children with similar clinical and radiographic findings are being cared for in other geographic areas. Guidance about reporting cases to state and local health departments and CDC is provided. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, pediatricians, neurologists, radiologists/neuroradiologists, infection preventionists, and primary care providers, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.

CDC Telebriefing: Update on Ebola Response Tool - Transcript

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:17:00 EDT

CDC hosted a telebriefing to discuss a new Ebola Response tool highlighted in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

CDC Statement from the Director - Media Statement

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:18:00 EDT

Ebola is a critical issue for the world community. This week’s meetings in NY and Washington are a critical opportunity for increased international commitments and, more importantly, action.

New Modeling Tool for Response to Ebola Virus Disease - Fact Sheet

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:17:00 EDT

CDC has developed a dynamic modeling tool called Ebola Response that allows for estimations of projected cases over time in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

CDC Telebriefing: Update on Ebola Response Tool - Media Advisory

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:46:00 EDT

CDC is hosting a telebriefing to discuss a new Ebola Response tool highlighted in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

CDC Foundation’s New Business Pulse Focuses on Flu Prevention - Media Advisory

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:47:00 EDT

Business Pulse: Flu Prevention, launched today by CDC Foundation, provides employers and workers with access to resources and information to prepare for the 2014–2015 flu season.

White House Announces National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:33:00 EDT

One year ago, CDC issued a landmark report sounding the alarm on the top drug-resistant threats to human health. The announcement this morning of the President’s Executive Order and the National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria marks the administration’s response to one of the most urgent health threats facing us today – antibiotic resistance.

CDC Ebola Surge: 2014 - Fact Sheet - Media Statement

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:30:00 EDT

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This outbreak is actually the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known — affecting multiple countries in and around West Africa.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 369 - Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Enterovirus D68 – Multiple States, 2014

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working closely with hospitals and local and state health departments to investigate recent increases in hospitalizations of patients with severe respiratory illness. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has been detected in specimens from children with severe illness in Missouri and Illinois. Investigations into suspected clusters in other jurisdictions are ongoing. The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to provide awareness of EV-D68 as a possible cause of acute unexplained respiratory illness, and to provide guidance to state health departments and health care providers. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, pediatricians, internists, infection preventionists, and primary care providers, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.

Millions of children not getting recommended preventive care - Press Release

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:02:00 EDT

Millions of infants, children and adolescents in the United States did not receive key clinical preventive services, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Supplement.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report What can be done to help children eat less sodium? - Transcript

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:02:00 EDT

This month’s Vital Signs report looks at sodium intake among U.S. children, as well as the major sources of sodium for children and teens.

CDC report finds sodium consumption high among U.S. children - Press Release

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:02:00 EDT

More than 90 percent of U.S. children, aged 6-18 years, eat more sodium than recommended, putting them at risk for developing high blood pressure and heart disease later in life, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.

CDC Finds Sodium Consumption is High Among U.S. Children - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:02:00 EDT

More than 90 percent of school-aged children nationwide eat more sodium than recommended, putting them at risk for developing high blood pressure and heart disease in adulthood, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.

CDC Telebriefing update on respiratory illness affecting children in multiple states - Transcript

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT

CDC hosted a media telebriefing that discussed Enterorvirus D68, the respiratory illness affecting children in multiple states.

CDC provides update on respiratory illness affecting children in multiple states - Media Advisory

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:42:00 EDT

CDC will host a media telebriefing today to discuss Enterorvirus D68, the respiratory illness affecting children in multiple states.

CDC awards $7.5 million to expand the National Violent Death Reporting System to 32 states - Press Release

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:02:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new state awardees for the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). CDC’s $7.5 million in funding will expand NVDRS from 18 to 32 participating states and enable greater collection of critical data on violent deaths.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - What can be done to help children eat less sodium? - Media Advisory

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:02:00 EDT

This month’s Vital Signs report looks at sodium intake among U.S. children, as well as the major sources of sodium for children and teens.

New CDC state obesity map now available - Media Advisory

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:00:00 EDT

The latest CDC map detailing the prevalence of obesity for all U.S. states based on 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data is now available at www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/prevalence-maps.html. Three additional maps demonstrate obesity prevalence by race/ethnicity for each state.

Sepsis Awareness Month: Fewer than Half of Americans Have Heard of this Devastating Illness - Media Statement

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:17:00 EDT

Despite the fact that sepsis affects more than a million Americans each year and kills up to half of them, a new survey published by Sepsis AllianceExternal Web Site Icon found that fewer than half of all Americans have ever even heard of the term 'sepsis'.

CDC Telebriefing on Ebola outbreak in West Africa - Transcript

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:00:00 EDT

Transcripts for the Media Briefing that included a public health assessment of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and an update on CDC and USG efforts to control the spread of the outbreak and steps to help stop the largest-ever outbreak of Ebola.

CDC warns Ebola epidemic in West Africa is outpacing current response - Press Release

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:50:00 EDT

CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. reported on his visits last week to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and called for immediate steps across nations to accelerate response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

CDC issues guidance to improve health and safety at public pools - Media Advisory

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:47:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued the first national Model Aquatic Health Code, guidelines that public pool operators can follow to help keep swimmers healthy and safe and that state and local health departments can use when they create or update public pool regulations.

Update on the CDC Response to the Ebola Outbreak - Media Advisory

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:17:00 EDT

Media Briefing will include a public health assessment of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and an update on CDC and USG efforts to control the spread of the outbreak and steps to help stop the largest-ever outbreak of Ebola.

U.S. Infant Vaccination Rates High - Press Release

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:02:00 EDT

The vast majority of parents are making sure that their children get vaccinated against potentially serious diseases, according to data from CDC’s 2013 National Immunization Survey (NIS) – Children (19-35 months) published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 368 - CDC Ebola Response Update #4

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share the document with others as appropriate.

CDC Deployee Returns from West Africa by Charter Flight - Media Statement

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:02:00 EDT

CDC has returned a staff member from West Africa by charter flight after the employee had low-risk contact with an international health worker who recently tested positive for Ebola.

More than a quarter-million youth who had never smoked a cigarette used e-cigarettes in 2013 - UPDATED - Press Release

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:35:00 EDT

More than a quarter of a million youth who had never smoked a cigarette used electronic cigarettes in 2013, according to a CDC study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 367 - CDC Ebola Response Update #3

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:30:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share the document with others as appropriate.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 366 - CDC Ebola Update #2

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:30:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share the document with others as appropriate.

Two U.S. Patients Recover from Ebola, Discharged from Hospital - Media Statement

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:17:00 EDT

CDC is heartened to learn that the two U.S. citizens treated at Emory University Hospital for Ebola have been discharged from the hospital and can rejoin their families and communities.

Million Hearts launches challenge to recognize success in blood pressure control - Press Release

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:17:00 EDT

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today launched a challenge designed to identify practices, clinicians and health systems that have successfully worked with patients to reduce high blood pressure and improve heart health.

CDC Progress on Laboratory Safety - Media Statement

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:02:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released a series of updates and actions taken showing its progress in laboratory safety. CDC reported on its response to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Agricultural Select Agent Program’s (ASAP), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, summary of findings on the anthrax incident.

More than 50 CDC experts battling Ebola in Africa - Press Release

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now has more than 50 disease detectives and other highly trained experts battling Ebola on the ground in West Africa – successfully deploying in less than two weeks the surge of help it promised within 30 days.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 365 - CDC Ebola Update #1

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share the document with others as appropriate.

Ebola Outbreak - 2014/2015 - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:47:00 EDT

CDC is rapidly increasing its ongoing efforts to curb the expanding West African Ebola outbreak and deploying staff to four African nations currently affected: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.

Statement from Tim McAfee, Director, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health on the passing of Bill Busse, former Tips From Former Smokers ad participant - Media Statement

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:32:00 EDT

We are deeply saddened by the passing of a true public health hero, Bill Busse. By the age of 40, Bill had already endured kidney failure, blindness in one eye and a leg amputation because of poor circulation.

Children eating more fruit, but fruit and vegetable intake still too low - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:15:00 EDT

Children in the U.S. ate 67% more whole fruit from 2003-2010, but the amount of vegetables they ate remained unchanged, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Millions of underserved women in the US have benefited from CDC’s breast and cervical screening program - Press Release

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:00:00 EDT

More than 4.3 million women with limited access to health care received breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services in the first 20 years of the CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

CDC’s surge response to West African Ebola Outbreak - Press Release

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:15:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is rapidly increasing its ongoing efforts to curb the expanding West African Ebola outbreak and deploying staff to four African nations currently affected: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.

Children eating more fruit, but fruit and vegetable intake still too low - Press Release

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:00:00 EDT

U.S. children aged 2-18 years are eating more whole fruit, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The amount of whole fruit consumed each day increased by 67 percent from 2003 to 2010, but is still low.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 364 - Guidelines for Evaluation of US Patients Suspected of Having Ebola Virus Disease

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to work closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to better understand and manage the public health risks posed by Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). To date, no cases have been reported in the United States. The purpose of this health update is 1) to provide updated guidance to healthcare providers and state and local health departments regarding who should be suspected of having EVD, 2) to clarify which specimens should be obtained and how to submit for diagnostic testing, and 3) to provide hospital infection control guidelines. U.S. hospitals can safely manage a patient with EVD by following recommended isolation and infection control procedures. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, primary care physicians, hospital epidemiologists, infection control professionals, and hospital administration, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.

CDC Telebriefing on Ebola outbreak in West Africa - Transcript

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:47:00 EDT

CDC hosted a media telebriefing to discuss the on-going outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

As West Africa Ebola outbreak worsens, CDC issues Level 3 Travel Warning - Press Release

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued a warning to avoid nonessential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. This Level 3 travel warning is a reflection of the worsening Ebola outbreak in this region.

CDC provides update on Ebola outbreak in West Africa - Media Advisory

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:47:00 EDT

CDC will host a media telebriefing today to discuss the on-going outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

Breastfeeding Report Card 2013 - Media Advisory

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:03:00 EDT

The 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card is now available. The report provides state and national data on breastfeeding rates as well as on supports for breastfeeding.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 363 - Ebola Virus Disease Confirmed in a Traveler to Nigeria, Two U.S. Healthcare Workers in Liberia

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:30:00 EDT

Nigerian health authorities have confirmed a diagnosis of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in a patient who died on Friday in a hospital in Lagos, Nigeria, after traveling from Liberia on July 20, 2014. The report marks the first Ebola case in Nigeria linked to the current outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Health authorities also reported this weekend that two U.S. citizens working in a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, have confirmed Ebola virus infection. These recent cases, together with the continued increase in the number of Ebola cases in West Africa, underscore the potential for travel-associated spread of the disease and the risks of EVD to healthcare workers. While the possibility of infected persons entering the U.S. remains very low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that healthcare providers in the U.S. should consider EVD in the differential diagnosis of febrile illness, with compatible symptoms, in any person with recent (within 21 days) travel history in the affected countries and consider isolation of those patients meeting these criteria, pending diagnostic testing.

CDC Telebriefing on Ebola outbreak in West Africa - Transcript

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:00:00 EDT

CDC hosted a media telebriefing to discuss the on-going outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. CDC is reminding U.S. healthcare workers of the importance of testing and isolating sick travelers returning from the affected areas.

CDC provides update on Ebola outbreak in West Africa - Media Advisory

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a media telebriefing today to discuss the on-going outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. There is no significant risk in the U.S. While it is unlikely that the disease would spread if imported into the United States, the recent infections in U.S. healthcare workers working abroad highlight the need for vigilance. CDC is reminding U.S. healthcare workers of the importance of testing and isolating sick travelers returning from the affected areas.

CDC Telebriefing on National Immunization Survey- Teen results and HPV vaccination coverage among adolescents - Transcript

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:54:00 EDT

Telebriefing on two MMWR articles released today by the CDC. One article is on the National, Regional, State and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage among Adolescents age 13 to 17 in the United States in 2013. The other is on Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage among Adolescents in the U.S. from 2007 through 2013 and Postlicensure Vaccine Safety Monitoring from 2006 to 2014 in the United States.

New safety protocols in place, first CDC lab resumes transfer of inactivated materials out of high-containment laboratory - Media Statement

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:23:00 EDT

Clinical TB lab first to meet enhanced safety review

CDC announces the formation of an external laboratory safety workgroup - Media Statement

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:01:00 EDT

CDC announced today the formation of an external laboratory safety workgroup of the Advisory Committee to the Director of CDC.

Safe and effective vaccine that prevents cancer continues to be underutilized - Press Release

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:00 EDT

Latest vaccination coverage estimates for adolescents show only small increase for HPV vaccine

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry releases first set of data from National ALS Registry - Press Release

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:00 EDT

About 4 in 100,000 people live with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in the United States, according to the first data summary released today by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

CDC officials to discuss National Immunization Survey-Teen results and HPV vaccination coverage among adolescents - Media Advisory

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:02:00 EDT

CDC will host a media telebriefing to discuss the latest coverage rate estimates for vaccines recommended for adolescents in the United States.

Chikungunya Hits Mainland - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:17:00 EDT

The first locally acquired case of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne disease, was reported today in Florida. This newly reported case represents the first time that mosquitoes in the continental United States are thought to have spread the virus to a non-traveler.

First Chikungunya case acquired in the United States reported in Florida - Press Release

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:47:00 EDT

Seven months after the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya was recognized in the Western Hemisphere, the first locally acquired case of the disease has surfaced in the continental United States. The case was reported today in Florida in a male who had not recently traveled outside the United States.

New state physical activity indicator report now available online - Media Advisory

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:30:00 EDT

More than half of youth in the United States have access to parks or playground areas, recreation centers, boys’ and girls’ clubs, and walking paths or sidewalks in their neighborhoods, according to a new report, State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2014.

CDC Press Conference on laboratory quality and safety after recent lab incidents - Transcript

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:47:00 EDT

CDC hosted a media briefing to discuss the report that highlights actions being taken by the agency to prevent lab incidents, including the recent anthrax lab incident occurring in early June at the Roybal Campus location in Atlanta, Georgia.

CDC Director Releases After-Action Report on Recent Anthrax Incident; Highlights Steps to Improve Laboratory Quality and Safety - Press Release

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:30:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report today that reviews the early June incident that involved the unintentional exposure of personnel to potentially viable anthrax at the CDC’s Roybal Campus.

CDC Director to highlight steps being taken to improve laboratory quality and safety after recent lab incidents - Media Advisory

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:47:00 EDT

CDC will host a media briefing to discuss the report that highlights actions being taken by the agency to prevent lab incidents, including the recent anthrax lab incident occurring in early June at the Roybal Campus location in Atlanta, Georgia.

CDC library renamed to honor Dr. Stephen B. Thacker - Media Advisory

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:33:00 EDT

The CDC Public Health Library and Information Center will be renamed the Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library. The official dedication program will include the opening of the Stephen B. Thacker Legacy Exhibit in the Library and the unveiling of a memorial bust plaque.

CDC Media Statement on Newly Discovered Smallpox Specimens - Media Statement

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:17:00 EDT

On July 1, 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) notified the appropriate regulatory agency, the Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that employees discovered vials labeled ”variola,” commonly known as smallpox, in an unused portion of a storage room in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratory located on the NIH Bethesda campus.

How Americans can get a better return on their health care investments - Press Release

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:47:00 EDT

Each year, the U.S. spends nearly $9,000 for the health of every American -- far more than what the governments of other countries spend on the health of their citizens – yet life expectancy and health outcomes are generally worse for Americans than for citizens of other developed nations in North America and Europe.

CDC update on potential anthrax exposures - Media Statement

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:05:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has completed additional work to further define the risk of anthrax for employees potentially exposed because best safety practices were not followed in one of its laboratories in early June.

Vital Signs – Prescription Drug Overdose - Transcript

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:00:00 EDT

Transcript for Vital Signs telebriefing: Overprescribing of opioid painkillers is a major cause of the prescription drug overdose epidemic in the United States. In 2012, health care providers in some states prescribed far more painkillers than those in other states.

Opioid painkiller prescribing varies widely among states - Press Release

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:03:00 EDT

Health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012 – many more in some states than in others – according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that highlights the danger of overdose.

New CDC Vital Signs: Opioid Painkiller Prescribing - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:03:00 EDT

Health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012, enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills, according to a new Vital Signs report.

Antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs is an ongoing threat - Press Release

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:03:00 EDT

Antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs, an ongoing public health threat, showed both positive and troubling trends, according to data tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012.

HHS grants bolster health care and public health disaster preparedness - Press Release

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:35:00 EDT

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $840 million to continue improving emergency preparedness of state and local public health and health care systems. These systems are vital to protecting health and saving lives during a disaster.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - What can be done to make opioid painkiller prescribing safer? - Media Advisory

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:30:00 EDT

Overprescribing of opioid painkillers is a major cause of the prescription drug overdose epidemic in the United States. In 2012, health care providers in some states prescribed far more painkillers than those in other states. How can overprescribing of these painkillers be reduced safely and feasibly?

One in 10 deaths among working-age adults due to excessive drinking - Press Release

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:03:00 EDT

Excessive alcohol use accounts for one in 10 deaths among working-age adults ages 20-64 years in the United States, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published today in Preventing Chronic Disease.

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends a preference for using the nasal spray flu vaccine - Media Statement

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:00:00 EDT

Today, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend a preference for using the nasal spray flu vaccine (i.e., LAIV) instead of the flu shot (i.e., IIV) in healthy children 2-8 years of age when it is immediately available. ACIP is a panel of immunization experts that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC Telebriefing – CDC is launching the fourth phase of the highly successful Tips From Former Smokers Campaign - Transcript

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:57:00 EDT

CDC hosted a media briefing to unveil its next installment of the successful Tips From Former Smokers campaign, featuring new health conditions. Tips From Former Smokers, a national tobacco education campaign featuring real people living with the harsh consequences of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, first launched in March, 2012.

CDC Foundation’s New Business Pulse Focuses on Travel Health - Media Advisory

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:02:00 EDT

Business Pulse: Travelers’ Health, launched today by CDC Foundation, provides businesses and corporate travelers a wide range of online resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help them better prepare for international trips.

New hard-hitting “Tips From Former Smokers” ads to air this summer - Press Release

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:47:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching hard-hitting ads for its 2014 “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign. Beginning July 7, these ads will run nationwide for nine weeks on television, radio, and billboards, online, and in theaters, magazines, and newspapers.

Million Hearts and Eating-Well magazine launch heart-healthy nutrition resource - Press Release

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:17:00 EDT

The Million Hearts initiative announces the launch of a new Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Resource Center, developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Eating-Well magazine.

CDC Lab Determines Possible Anthrax Exposures: Staff Provided Antibiotics/Monitoring - Media Statement

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:33:00 EDT

CDC announced today that approximately 75 Atlanta-based staff are being monitored or provided antibiotics because they may have been unintentionally exposed to live Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) after established safety practices were not followed.

CDC is launching the fourth phase of the highly successful Tips From Former Smokers Campaign - Media Advisory

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:47:00 EDT

CDC will host a media briefing to unveil its next installment of the successful Tips From Former Smokers campaign, featuring new health conditions.

For the first time in decades, declines seen in the induction of labor for single births - Media Statement

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:47:00 EDT

After increasing steadily for nearly two decades, a new CDC report notes a slight decline in induction of labor for single births for gestational age group. Although the declines are very modest, going from 23.7 percent in 2011 to 23.3 percent in 2012, the news is encouraging.

MERS-CoV not spread to household members or health care contacts of the two U.S. cases - Press Release

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:33:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now confirmed that neither of the two imported cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the United States spread the virus to any of their household members or to the health care workers who treated the two individuals.

CDC connects communities with youth violence prevention strategies - Media Advisory

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:33:00 EDT

CDC’s Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action and its companion guide provide information and action steps to help community leaders and members, public health professionals, families, and young people to be part of the solution in preventing youth violence.

CDC Investigates Ongoing Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Chia Products - Media Advisory

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:03:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning the public about an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to products containing chia powder. Chia powder is made from small chia seeds that are sprouted and ground into powder.

CDC Telebriefing on 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey results - Transcript

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:17:00 EDT

Transcript of the CDC hosted a telephone-only briefing to discuss the new 2013 results from the National Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, a survey of high schools students (grades 9-12) conducted every other year.

Latest CDC teen behavior survey finds less cigarette smoking, fewer fights, too much texting and driving - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:05:00 EDT

CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors a wide range of priority health risk behaviors among representative samples of high school students at the national, state, and local levels.

US cancer survivors face significant economic burden - Press Release

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:04:00 EDT

U.S. cancer survivors face significant economic burdens due to growing medical costs, missed work, and reduced productivity, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Cigarette smoking among U.S. high school students at lowest level in 22 years - Press Release

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:03:00 EDT

Cigarette smoking rates among high school students have dropped to the lowest levels since the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) began in 1991, according to the 2013 results released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Telebriefing on 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey results - Media Advisory

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:33:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media availability to discuss the new 2013 results from the National Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, a survey of high schools students (grades 9-12) conducted every other year.

New CDC Diabetes Report - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:18:00 EDT

The number of cases of diabetes and prediabetes among Americans of all ages and ethnicities continues to increase, according to the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 (based on health data from 2012), released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes; 1 in 4 doesn’t know - Press Release

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:17:00 EDT

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it.

CDC Telebriefing – New Vital Signs Report - How can we prevent norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food? - Transcript

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:47:00 EDT

Telebriefing: Norovirus is the leading cause of disease outbreaks from contaminated food in the United States. Infected food workers are the most common source of those outbreaks.

Norovirus is the leading cause of disease outbreaks from contaminated food in the U.S. - Press Release

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:03:00 EDT

Most norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food occur in food service settings, according to a Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infected food workers are frequently the source of these outbreaks, often by touching ready-to-eat foods served in restaurants with their bare hands.

Preventing Norovirus Outbreaks - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:03:00 EDT

Most norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food occur in food service settings, according to a Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infected food workers are frequently the source of these outbreaks, often by touching ready-to-eat foods served in restaurants with their bare hands.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - How can we prevent norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food? - Media Advisory

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:03:00 EDT

Norovirus is the leading cause of disease outbreaks from contaminated food in the United States. Infected food workers are the most common source of those outbreaks. In this month’s Vital Signs report, CDC provides key recommendations to help the food service industry prevent norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 362 - Guidance to US Clinicians Regarding New WHO Polio Vaccination Requirements for Travel by Residents of and Long-term Visitors to Countries with Active Polio Transmission

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:45:00 EDT

On 5 May 2014, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) accepted the recommendations of an Emergency Committee, declaring the international spread of polio to be a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) under the authority of the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) and issued vaccination requirements for travelers in order to prevent further spread of the disease. IHR is an international agreement among countries to prevent, protect or control the international spread of disease. All countries have agreed to be bound by recommended activities under IHR.

CDC awards $19.5 million to Prevention Research Centers nationwide - Press Release

Fri, 30 May 2014 09:47:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $19.5 million to 26 academic institutions in 25 states to study how people and their communities can avoid or counter the risks for chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, obesity, and cancer.

CDC Telebriefing – CDC to announce record-breaking year in reported cases of measles in the United States - Transcript

Thu, 29 May 2014 17:03:00 EDT

Transcipt of telebriefing: CDC announced record-breaking year in reported cases of measles in the United States.

Measles cases in the United States reach 20-year high - Press Release

Thu, 29 May 2014 12:47:00 EDT

Two hundred and eighty-eight cases of measles were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States between Jan. 1 and May 23, 2014. This is the largest number of measles cases in the United States reported in the first five months of a year since 1994.

CDC to announce record-breaking year in reported cases of measles in the United States - Media Advisory

Thu, 29 May 2014 12:00:00 EDT

Telebriefing: CDC to announce record-breaking year in reported cases of measles in the United States.

CDC Telebriefing – CDC concludes Indiana MERS patient did not spread virus to Illinois business associate - Transcript

Wed, 28 May 2014 16:17:00 EDT

Transcipt of telebriefing: CDC officials have concluded that an Indiana MERS patient did not spread the virus to an Illinois associate during a business meeting they had before the patient became ill and was hospitalized.

CDC concludes Indiana MERS patient did not spread virus to Illinois business associate - Press Release

Wed, 28 May 2014 13:03:00 EDT

After completing additional and more definitive laboratory tests, CDC officials have concluded that an Indiana MERS patient did not spread the virus to an Illinois associate during a business meeting they had before the patient became ill and was hospitalized.

CDC concludes Indiana MERS patient did not spread virus to Illinois business associate - Media Advisory

Wed, 28 May 2014 12:33:00 EDT

After completing a series of more definitive laboratory tests, CDC officials announced today that an Illinois resident was not infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) during a business meeting he had with a man later hospitalized in Indiana and confirmed to have MERS.

Illinois resident who had contact with Indiana MERS patient tests positive for MERS coronavirus - Press Release

Sat, 17 May 2014 15:33:00 EDT

Ongoing investigation of the first imported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in the United States has identified evidence of apparent past MERS-CoV infection in an Illinois man who had close contact with the Indiana MERS patient.

Thousands Sent to Emergency Room by Preventable Pool Chemical Injuries - Press Release

Thu, 15 May 2014 13:03:00 EDT

Injuries from pool chemicals led to nearly 5,000 emergency room visits in 2012, according to a study released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health, United States, 2013 includes special section on prescription drugs - Press Release

Wed, 14 May 2014 08:52:00 EDT

About half of all Americans reported taking one or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days during 2007-2010, and 1 in 10 took five or more, according to Health, United States, 2013, the government’s annual, comprehensive report on the nation’s health.

CDC Transcript: Second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus infection (MERS) in the United States - Transcript

Mon, 12 May 2014 18:04:00 EDT

Transcipt of the telebriefing detailing a second imported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) which was confirmed late night on May 11 in a traveler to the United States. This patient is a healthcare worker who resides and works in Saudi Arabia.

CDC announces second imported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the United States - Press Release

Mon, 12 May 2014 18:03:00 EDT

A second imported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was confirmed late night on May 11 in a traveler to the United States. This patient is a healthcare worker who resides and works in Saudi Arabia.

CDC announces second imported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in the United States - Media Advisory

Mon, 12 May 2014 11:34:00 EDT

CDC and Florida Department of Health officials are investigating the second case of MERS-CoV infection in the United States. MERS-CoV, a virus relatively new to humans, was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. On May 2, 2014 CDC reported the first case of MERS in the United States.

Parasitic Infections also occur in the United States - Press Release

Thu, 08 May 2014 09:06:00 EDT

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Neglected Parasitic Infections in the United States (NPIs) - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 08 May 2014 09:05:00 EDT

Most people think of parasitic diseases occurr in poor and developing countries, and is something they might pick up on a trip to a foreign country. However, parasitic infections also occur in the United States. In some cases, they affect millions of people.

CDC Telebriefing: Vital Signs – Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities - Transcript

Tue, 06 May 2014 15:47:00 EDT

Vital Signs telebriefing: More than 21 million US adults ages 18–64 have a disability. Inactivity is related to chronic disease in adults with disabilities. Working age adults with disabilities are more likely to be physically active if their doctors recommend it.

Inactivity Related to Chronic Disease in Adults with Disabilities - Press Release

Tue, 06 May 2014 13:05:00 EDT

Working age adults with disabilities who do not get any aerobic physical activity are 50 percent more likely than their active peers to have a chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, or heart disease, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

New CDC Vital Signs: Nearly Half of Adults with Disabilities Get No Aerobic Physical Activity - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 06 May 2014 13:04:00 EDT

Working age adults with disabilities who get no aerobic physical activity are 50 percent more likely to have a chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, or heart disease than their active peers, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half (47 percent) of adults with disabilities who are able to do aerobic physical activity do not get any.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 361 - Confirmed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Case in Indiana, 2014

Sat, 03 May 2014 16:30:00 EDT

The first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in the United States, identified in a traveler, was reported to CDC by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) on May 1, 2014, and confirmed by CDC on May 2. The patient is in a hospital in Indiana after having flown from Saudi Arabia to Chicago via London. The purpose of this HAN is to alert clinicians, health officials, and others to increase their index of suspicion to consider MERS-CoV infection in travelers from the Arabian Peninsula and neighboring countries. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, primary care physicians, and infection preventionists, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.

CDC Transcript: First case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus infection (MERS) in the United States - Transcript

Fri, 02 May 2014 19:33:00 EDT

Transcript for CDC Telebriefing: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was confirmed today in a traveler to the United States. This virus is relatively new to humans and was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

CDC announces first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus infection (MERS-CoV) in the United States - Press Release

Fri, 02 May 2014 15:47:00 EDT

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was confirmed today in a traveler to the United States. This virus is relatively new to humans and was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

CDC announces first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus infection (MERS-CoV) in the United States - Media Advisory

Fri, 02 May 2014 14:47:00 EDT

CDC and the Indiana State Department of Heath are conducting a joint investigation of the first case of MERS-CoV in the United States. MERS-CoV, a virus new to humans, was first reported in the Arabian Peninsula in 2012.

ATSDR report finds drywall imported from China in the 2000s may have affected human health - Media Advisory

Fri, 02 May 2014 00:03:00 EDT

The ATSDR today released a report, “Health Consultation: Possible Health Implications from Exposure to Sulfur Gases Emitted from Chinese-Manufactured Drywall,” describing the laboratory tests and modeling researchers used to estimate levels of sulfur compounds in indoor air of homes built with problem drywall, including drywall imported from China in 2005 and 2006.

CDC Telebriefing: Potentially Preventable Deaths from the Five Leading Causes of Death - Transcript

Thu, 01 May 2014 16:34:00 EDT

Transcript of the cdc Telebriefing for the release of “Potentially Preventable Deaths from the Five Leading Causes of Death — United States, 2008–2010” published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

CDC EIS Conference: Prescription Drug Overdose Presentation Schedule - Press Release

Thu, 01 May 2014 15:17:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today continued its 63rd Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference, which focuses on key health initiatives such as the growing epidemic of deaths from prescription drug overdose (PDO).

Up to 40 percent of annual deaths from each of five leading US causes are preventable - Press Release

Thu, 01 May 2014 13:05:00 EDT

Each year, nearly 900,000 Americans die prematurely from the five leading causes of death – yet 20 percent to 40 percent of the deaths from each cause could be prevented, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The health impact of poor air quality: CDC’s focus for asthma awareness month - Media Advisory

Thu, 01 May 2014 12:11:00 EDT

Asthma, a chronic disease that affects the lungs, impacts more than 25 million people in the United States, including 1 in 11 children. It causes 3 in 5 people living with asthma to limit their physical activity or miss days at school and work.

CDC Telebriefing: Potentially Preventable Deaths from the Five Leading Causes of Death - Media Advisory

Thu, 01 May 2014 09:06:00 EDT

Release of “Potentially Preventable Deaths from the Five Leading Causes of Death — United States, 2008–2010” published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

World Health Organization report on antibiotic resistance - Media Statement

Thu, 01 May 2014 09:04:00 EDT

This week's report on worldwide antibiotic resistance by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows the urgent need for a coordinated global response. The WHO report reinforces and extends globally CDC’s call to action, Antibiotic Threats in the United States 2013. High rates of antibiotic resistance are present around the world. There already are parts of the world where half of some common infections do not respond to antibiotic treatments.

CDC EIS Conference: Global Health Presentation Schedule - Press Release

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:06:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today continued its 63rd Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference, which focuses on key health initiatives such as global health.

CDC Disease Detectives Using New Software Tool in Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak - Press Release

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:00:00 EDT

For the first time, Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak disease detectives are using a new software tool to help find people exposed to the deadly virus faster.

CDC’s 63rd Annual Epidemic Intelligence Services (EIS) Conference Began Today: Features “Disease Detectives” and Their Work To Save Lives - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:04:00 EDT

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today began its 63rd Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference in Atlanta, a week-long event to feature the life-saving work of its current EIS officers, or “disease detectives” and welcome the incoming class of officers to the two-year post-graduate EIS program.

CDC EIS Conference: Monday Presentation Schedule - Press Release

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:35:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today kicks off its 63rd Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference. Held April 28 to May 1, the event highlights the life-saving work of its current EIS officers or “disease detectives” and welcomes the incoming class of 78 EIS officers. Presentations focus on EIS investigations, the boots-on-the-ground work behind key CDC health initiatives.

CDC 63rd Annual Epidemic Intelligence Services Conference Kicks Off Monday - Media Advisory

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:34:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) kicks off its 63rd Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference this Monday. This week-long event highlights the life-saving work of its current EIS officers or “disease detectives” and welcomes the incoming class of 78 EIS officers.

CDC Telebriefing: Report shows 20-year U.S. immunization program spares millions of children from diseases - Transcript

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:45:00 EDT

CDC hosted a media briefing to discuss 20 years of immunization with the VFC program and current measles cases and outbreaks.

Multistate outbreak of human Salmonella Cotham - Media Advisory

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:34:00 EDT

CDC will host a media briefing to discuss 20 years of immunization with the VFC program and current measles cases and outbreaks.

Report shows 20-year US immunization program spares millions of children from diseases - Press Release

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:04:00 EDT

The CDC estimates that vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths among children born in the last 20 years. Despite the U.S. immunization program’s success, according to CDC officials, 129 people in the U.S. have been reported to have measles this year in 13 outbreaks, as of April 18.

Report shows 20-year U.S. immunization program spares millions of children from diseases - Media Advisory

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:33:00 EDT

CDC will host a media briefing to discuss 20 years of immunization with the VFC program and current measles cases and outbreaks.

American Indian and Alaska Native death rates nearly 50 percent greater than those of non-Hispanic whites - Press Release

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:04:00 EDT

Death records show that American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) death rates for both men and women combined were nearly 50 percent greater than rates among non-Hispanic whites during 1999-2009. The new findings were announced through a series of CDC reports released online today by the American Journal of Public Health.

CDC Telebriefing: CDC data show limited progress in reducing foodborne infections in 2013 - Transcript

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:32:00 EDT

Transcript for the telebriefing announcing the release of "Incidence and Trends of Infection with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly through Food — Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, 10 Sites, 2006–2013."

CDC data show limited progress in reducing foodborne infections in 2013 - Press Release

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:06:00 EDT

The nation’s food safety grades are out and the results are mixed. CDC’s annual report card shows that foodborne infections continue to be an important public health problem in the United States.

CDC Reports on Effective Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities - Press Release

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:05:00 EDT

Evidence-based interventions at the local and national levels provide promising strategies for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities related to HIV infection rates, immunization coverage, motor vehicle injuries and deaths, and smoking, according to a new report by the CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity.

CDC Telebriefing: CDC data show limited progress in reducing foodborne infections in 2013 - Media Advisory

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:00:00 EDT

Release of "Incidence and Trends of Infection with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly through Food — Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, 10 Sites, 2006–2013," which will be published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

New CDC data show declines in some diabetes-related complications among US adults - Press Release

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:04:00 EDT

Rates of five major diabetes-related complications have declined substantially in the last 20 years among U.S. adults with diabetes, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs: Younger teens still account for 1 in 4 teen births - Media Advisory

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:52:00 EDT

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs: Younger teens still account for 1 in 4 teen births - Media Advisory

New CDC Vital Signs: Younger teens still account for 1 in 4 teen births - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:07:00 EDT

Although births to younger teens aged 15 to 17 years have declined, they still represent over a quarter of teen births - nearly 1,700 births a week, according to this month’s Vital Signs by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Younger teens still account for 1 in 4 teen births - Press Release

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:53:00 EDT

Although births to younger teens aged 15 to 17 years have declined, they still represent over a quarter of teen births - nearly 1,700 births a week, according to this month’s Vital Signs.

World Health Day - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:01:00 EDT

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joins the World Health Organization(WHO) and other public health partners in recognizing World Health Day, which this year spotlights vector-borne diseases.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Media Advisory

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 23:01:00 EDT

Teen births in the United States have declined over the past 20 years to the lowest level ever recorded, but still over 86,000 younger teens aged 15 to 17 gave birth in 2012. About 1 in 4 teen pregnancies are to younger teens aged 15 to 17.

Lassa Fever Reported in U.S. Traveler Returning from West Africa - Press Release

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:48:00 EDT

The CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have confirmed a diagnosis of Lassa fever in a person returning to the United States from West Africa. The patient was admitted to a hospital in Minnesota on March 31 with symptoms of fever and confusion. Blood samples submitted to CDC tested positive for Lassa fever on April 3. The patient is recovering and is in stable condition.

CDC Supports APHA National Public Health Week - Media Advisory

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT

National Public Health Week (NPHW), an initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA), is April 7-13. The 2014 NPHW theme, “Public Health: Start Here,” focuses on how public health starts at home, from maternal health to nutrition and emergency preparedness. Each day this week focuses on a different area of public health.

CDC Foundation’s Business Pulse on Global Health Security Now Available Online - Media Advisory

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:45:00 EDT

CDC Foundation’s Business Pulse: Global Health Security highlights what CDC is doing to protect businesses from global health threats and describes how business leaders can take action to protect their workforces in the United States and abroad.

New CDC study finds dramatic increase in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers - Press Release

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:00:00 EDT

The number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, according to a CDC study published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

CDC media briefing on autism spectrum disorder - Transcript

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:33:00 EDT

CDC media briefing on autism spectrum disorder

Autism Estimates Continue to Rise: New Data to Drive Action for Communities and Families - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:34:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a surveillance summary report, “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children Aged 8 Years- Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010.”

Uneven progress in expanding state Medicaid coverage for smoking cessation - Press Release

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:32:00 EDT

More smokers would quit if state Medicaid programs covered more cessation treatments and removed barriers to coverage, according to a CDC study published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. All 50 states and the District of Columbia cover cessation treatments for at least some Medicaid enrollees. Efforts to expand state Medicaid coverage for all smoking cessation treatments and the removal of coverage barriers have shown mixed progress over the past five years.

CDC Reports More Cases of Heartland Virus Disease - Press Release

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:29:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with health officials in Missouri and Tennessee have identified six new cases of people sick with Heartland virus: five in Missouri and one in Tennessee. The new cases, discovered in 2012 and 2013, are in addition to two discovered in 2009 and are described today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

CDC estimates 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder - Press Release

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:24:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in multiple communities in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

U.S. invasive cancer rates slightly down from 2009 to 2010 - Press Release

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:00:00 EDT

Rates of invasive cancer cases among U.S. men and women dropped slightly from 459 per 100,000 persons in 2009 to 446 per 100,000 persons in 2010, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Study Shows Flu Vaccine Reduced Children’s Risk of Intensive Care Unit Flu Admission by Three-Fourths - Press Release

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:59:00 EDT

Getting a flu vaccine reduces a child’s risk of flu-related intensive care hospitalization by 74 percent, according to a CDC study published today in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

CDC media briefing on healthcare-associated infections - Transcript

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:00:00 EDT

CDC hosted a media briefing to discuss new national healthcare-associated infection estimates.

CDC Telebriefing: CDC releases new autism spectrum disorder data - Media Advisory

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:30:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the MMWR surveillance summary on the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders.

Salmonella data now at your fingertips - Press Release

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:00:00 EDT

Forty years of data on a major cause of food poisoning now is available to the public, the food industry, and researchers in a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data, collected by state and federal health officials, provides a wealth of information on Salmonella, the top foodborne cause of hospitalizations and deaths in the United States. - Press Release

Hospital Infections: Some Progress, but More Work Needed - Digital Press Kit

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:55:00 EDT

Today, CDC released two new reports that detail national estimates of HAIs and report on national and state-specific progress toward preventing HAIs. These reports show that progress is being made, but three-quarters of a million infections still threaten hospital patients.

Despite Progress, Ongoing Efforts Needed to Combat Infections Impacting Hospital Patients - Press Release

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:53:00 EDT

On any given day, approximately one in 25 U.S. patients has at least one infection contracted during the course of their hospital care, adding up to about 722,000 infections in 2011, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This information is an update to previous CDC estimates of healthcare-associated infections.

CDC to present new national estimates and state-by-state data on healthcare-associated infections in U.S. hospitals - Media Advisory

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a media briefing to discuss two new publications: one, a New England Journal of Medicine article updating previous national healthcare-associated infection estimates, and the other a 2012 annual report detailing national and state-specific healthcare-associated infection prevention progress over time.

New TB Screening Guidelines Overseas Save U.S. Estimated $15 Million - Press Release

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:59:00 EDT

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Meningococcal Disease Update - Media Statement

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:05:00 EDT

On Monday, March 10, a Drexel University student tragically died from serogroup B meningococcal disease. CDC’s laboratory analysis shows that the strain in Princeton University’s serogroup B meningococcal disease outbreak matches the strain in the Drexel University case by “genetic fingerprinting.” This information suggests that the outbreak strain may still be present in the Princeton University community and we need to be vigilant for additional cases.

Dozens Of Groups Meet In Washington, D.C. To Commit to Eliminating Colorectal Cancer As a Public Health Problem - Press Release

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:00:00 EDT

Dozens of groups dedicated to eliminating colorectal cancer as a major public health problem joined together at the National Press Club to hear new data related to progress in reducing deaths from colorectal cancer and to launch an effort to increase the nation’s colorectal cancer screening rate to 80 percent by the year 2018.

Severe diarrheal illness in children linked to antibiotics prescribed in doctor’s offices - Press Release

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:30:00 EDT

The majority of pediatric Clostridium difficile infections, which are bacterial infections that cause severe diarrhea and are potentially life-threatening, occur among children in the general community who recently took antibiotics prescribed in doctor’s offices for other conditions, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published this week in Pediatrics.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Are Prescribing Practices Putting Hospital Patients at Risk? - Transcript

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:00:00 EDT

Transcript for the telebriefing on this month's the CDC Vital Signs report which looks at prescribing practices and variations, and calls on all U.S. hospitals to improve antibiotic-prescribing practices.

Improving Antibiotic Prescribing in Hospitals Can Make Health Care Safer - Press Release

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:00:00 EDT

A new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that clinicians in some hospitals prescribe three times as many antibiotics than clinicians in other hospitals, even though patients were receiving care in similar areas of each hospital.

New CDC Vital Signs: Antibiotic Prescribing Putting Patients at Risk - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:00:00 EDT

Antibiotics can be lifesaving, but poor prescribing practices put hospital patients at risk for preventable allergic reactions, super-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile. These practices also drive antibiotic resistance, further endangering the future of these miracle drugs and the patients who need them. For some hospital patients, it is already too late. We must change prescribing practices now.

Physicians are a leading source of prescription opioids for the highest-risk users - Press Release

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:57:00 EDT

Most people who abuse prescription opioid drugs get them for free from a friend or relative – but those at highest risk of overdose are as likely to get them from a doctor’s prescription, CDC researchers reported today in a research letter, “Sources of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers by Frequency of Past-Year Nonmedical Use: United States, 2008-2011,” in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine (JAMA Internal Medicine).

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Are Prescribing Practices Putting Hospital Patients at Risk? - Media Advisory

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:30:00 EDT

Poor antibiotic-prescribing practices in hospitals can needlessly put patients at risk for Clostridium difficile infection (deadly diarrhea) and future drug-resistant infections. This month, the CDC Vital Signs report looks at prescribing practices and variations, and calls on all U.S. hospitals to improve antibiotic-prescribing practices.

New CDC data show encouraging development in obesity rates among 2 to 5 year olds - Press Release

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:49:00 EDT

The latest CDC obesity data, published in the February 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, show a significant decline in obesity among children aged 2 to 5 years. Obesity prevalence for this age group went from nearly 14 percent in 2003-2004 to just over 8 percent in 2011-2012 – a decline of 43 percent – based on CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data.

CDC and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Warn of Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Hilton Head Restaurant - Media Advisory

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to warn people who may have been exposed to hepatitis A at a Hilton Head restaurant after a restaurant worker tested positive for hepatitis A.

CDC Reports Flu Hit Younger People Particularly Hard This Season - Press Release

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:00:00 EDT

This influenza season was particularly hard on younger- and middle-age adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. People age 18-64 represented 61 percent of all hospitalizations from influenza—up from the previous three seasons when this age group represented only about 35 percent of all such hospitalizations. Influenza deaths followed the same pattern; more deaths than usual occurred in this younger age group.

CDC Telebriefing: Update on Flu Activity and Vaccine Effectiveness Estimates

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:15:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to discuss two articles which appear in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The articles are: “Interim Estimates of 2013–14 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness — United States, February 2014” and “Update: Influenza Activity — United States, September 29, 2013–February 8, 2014

Rates of indoor tanning among female high school students lowest in states with multiple restrictions on youth access - Press Release

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:00:00 EDT

Female high school students in states with indoor tanning laws, particularly those with parental permission laws and age restrictions, were less likely to engage in indoor tanning compared to students in states without any laws, according to a CDC study published online by the American Journal of Public Health.

Telebriefing on launch of global health security agenda - Transcript

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:45:00 EDT

Telebriefing on the launch of a new global health security initiative to help make the world a safer place.

Protecting Against Disease Epidemics - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:00:00 EDT

CDC works with global partners to build countries’ global health security capacities to better protect the world from infectious disease epidemics. In our interconnected world, a health threat anywhere is a threat everywhere.

CDC and Million Hearts Recognize 2013 Hypertension Control Champions - Press Release

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:00:00 EDT

Today, HHS’ Million Hearts initiative recognizes nine public and private practices and health systems across the country for success in achieving excellent rates of high blood pressure control.

Vital Signs Telebriefing on Restraint Use and Motor Vehicle Occupant Death Rates Among Children Aged 0–12 Years — United States, 2002–2011 - Transcript

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:22:00 EDT

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for U.S. children, although deaths have gone down in the past decade. So why are our youngest children still dying in crashes? One of three children who die in a crash is not buckled up.

New CDC Vital Signs: Child Passenger Safety - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:15:00 EDT

One in three children who died in crashes in 2011 was not buckled up, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. CDC analyzed 2002–2011 data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to determine the number and rate of motor-vehicle occupant deaths, and the percentage of child deaths among children age 12 and younger who were not buckled up. Motor vehicle crash deaths among children age 12 and younger decreased by 43 percent in the past decade (2002-2011), however, more than 9,000 children died in crashes during that period.

CDC study shows that child passenger deaths have decreased 43 percent from 2002 - 2011 - Press Release

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:05:00 EDT

Motor vehicle crash deaths among children age 12 and younger decreased by 43 percent from 2002-2011; however, still more than 9,000 children died in crashes during that period, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Business Pulse connects CDC and business to address public health issues - Media Statement

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:00:00 EDT

Every day, 1 in 20 hospitalized patients has an infection caused by medical care. Health care-associated infections are costly to businesses and are potentially lethal to employees. In fact, health care-associated infections create an economic burden of as much as $45 billion for citizens and businesses each year, even though 70 percent of some infections are preventable.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report Have we made any progress keeping children buckled up and safe on the road? - Media Advisory

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:00:00 EDT

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for U.S. children, although deaths have gone down in the past decade. So why are our youngest children still dying in crashes? One of three children who die in a crash is not buckled up. CDC will discuss the latest data on motor vehicle deaths among children aged 12 and under, the impact of improving state child passenger restraint laws, and what everyone can do to protect children on the road.

CDC confirms that illnesses reported on Royal Caribbean ship were caused by norovirus - Media Advisory

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:04:00 EDT

CDC’s laboratory has confirmed that the gastrointestinal illness that sickened more than 600 passengers and crew aboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas this week during a cruise to the Caribbean was caused by norovirus.

U.S. safer when CDC works with other countries to fight infectious diseases - Press Release

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:00:00 EDT

According to an article in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pilot projects between CDC and Uganda and CDC and Vietnam have resulted in improvements in disease detection and response that may serve as a model for increasing global health security in the rest of the world.

Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics and Paralympics - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:00:00 EDT

CDC wants you and your travel team to enjoy the Winter Games and bring home a suitcase full of gold, silver, and bronze memories. Plan ahead for safe and healthy travel!

U.S. safer when CDC works with other countries to fight infectious diseases - Media Advisory

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:21:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to discuss improvements in disease detection and response that may serve as a model for fighting infectious disease throughout the world.

CDC support to states, locals bolsters national health security - Press Release

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:00:00 EDT

Between 2012-2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supported multiple state and local public health responses, helping to strengthen the front lines of public health defense and bolster the nation’s health security.

Reducing sodium in restaurant food is an opportunity for choice - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:01:00 EDT

The average American eats out at a fast food or dine-in restaurant almost five times a week. CDC is collaborating with the food industry to reduce sodium in the food supply and providing technical assistance to the public health community for work on sodium reduction, as it is a public health priority.

Reducing sodium in restaurant foods is an opportunity for choice - Press Release

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:00:00 EDT

Americans eat out at fast food or dine-in restaurants four or five times a week. Just one of those meals might contain more than an entire day’s recommended amount of sodium. CDC has strategies for health departments and restaurants to work together to offer healthier choices for consumers who want to lower their sodium intake.

West Virginia water screening calculation posted on web - Media Advisory

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:19:00 EDT

Information regarding 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) and the calculation to establish a screening level in West Virginia drinking water is available at: http://emergency.cdc.gov/chemical/MCHM/westvirgina2014/index.asp

Surgeon General report says 5.6 million U.S. children will die prematurely unless current smoking rates drop - Press Release

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:15:00 EDT

Approximately 5.6 million American children alive today – or one out of every 13 children under age 18 – will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases unless current smoking rates drop, according to a new Surgeon General’s report.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 360 - Human Infection with Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:00:00 EDT

On January 8, 2014, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported the first confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A (H5N1) virus identified in North America. The patient exhibited symptoms while returning from travel to Beijing, China, on December 27, 2013.

50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health - Media Statement

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:21:00 EDT

Fifty years ago today was a tipping point in recognizing and reversing the deadly epidemic caused by smoking. The first Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, released on January 11, 1964, made clear that smoking causes cancer.

Rates of new lung cancer cases drop in U.S. men and women -Press Release

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 13:00:00 EDT

Tobacco control efforts are having a major impact on Americans’ health, a new analysis of lung-cancer data suggests. The rate of new lung cancer cases decreased among men and women in the United States from 2005 to 2009, according to a report in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Vital Signs: Alcohol Screening and Counseling - Transcript

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:31:00 EDT

Press briefing transcript for Vital Signs: Alcohol Screening and Counseling.

New CDC Vital Signs: Alcohol Screening and Counseling - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:04:00 EDT

Only one in six adults -- and only one in four binge drinkers -- say a health professional has ever discussed alcohol use with them even though drinking too much is harmful to health, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most health care providers don’t talk about alcohol, even when patients drink too much - Press Release

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:00:00 EDT

Only one in six adults -- and only one in four binge drinkers -- say a health professional has ever discussed alcohol use with them even though drinking too much is harmful to health, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - How much alcohol is too much? - Media Advisory

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 16:04:00 EDT

At least 38 million adults in the United States drink too much and most are not alcoholics. What are the latest findings and what can be done to reduce this behavior? CDC will discuss why alcohol screening and brief counseling are a health service that works to curve down alcohol use.

CDC’s Graphs of the Year: Nightmare bacteria spread and 100,000 smokers likely quit with Tips - Media Advisory

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:29:00 EDT

CDC looks back on infographics with the most impact: Nightmare Bacteria spread and TIPS campaign results.

CDC’s Graphs of the Year: Nightmare bacteria spread and 100,000 smokers likely quit with Tips - Media Advisory

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EDT

CDC marks the end of 2013 with its eye on the threat of a “nightmare bacteria" and results from 2012 Tips From Former Smokers campaign, which helped more than 100,000 Americans likely quit smoking for good, exceeding the original goal of 50,000.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 359 - Notice to Clinicians: Early Reports of pH1N1-Associated Illnesses for the 2013 - 14 Influenza Season

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 17:30:00 EDT

From November through December 2013, CDC has received a number of reports of severe respiratory illness among young and middle-aged adults, many of whom were infected with influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 (pH1N1) virus.

Voluntary Recall of One Lot of Gardasil HPV Vaccine - Media Statement

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EDT

On December 16, 2013 CDC was informed by Merck that the company planned to implement a voluntary recall of one lot (lot J007354) of Gardasil® [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant], due to the potential for a small number of vials to contain glass particles as a result of breakage during the manufacturing process. These vials were distributed between August 20, 2013, and October 9, 2013. No other lots are affected.

First reports of Chikungunya in Western Hemisphere - Press Release

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:34:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely following new reports of the mosquito-borne chikungunya (chik-un-GUHN-ya) virus among residents of the French side of St. Martin in the Caribbean.

New project aimed at collecting health data for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations - Press Release

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:08:00 EDT

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a new project aimed at improving health data collection for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

CDC Looks Back at 2013 health challenges, Ahead to 2014 health worries - Press Release

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:13:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s job is to detect health threats, stop outbreaks, and prevent illness and injury. As 2013 comes to a close America’s health protection agency looks back at top five health concerns in 2013 and previews the five health threats that loom for 2014.

CDC looks back at 2013 health challenges, ahead to 2014 health worries - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:09:00 EDT

As the year comes to a close, CDC, America's health protection agency, looks back at top five health concerns in 2013 and previews the five health threats that loom for 2014.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 358 - Notice to Public Health Officials and Clinicians: Recognizing, Managing, and Reporting Chikungunya Virus Infections in Travelers Returning from the Caribbean

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:45:00 EDT

On December 7, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the first local (autochthonous) transmission of chikungunya virus in the Americas.

Flu Press Conference: New Report Highlights Benefits of Flu Vaccine - Transcript

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 07:28:00 EDT

MMWR has exciting news about influenza and flu vaccinations and it is so important that people get vaccinated.

Public gets early snapshot of MRSA and C. difficile infections in individual hospitals - Press Release

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:13:00 EDT

CDC, CMS collaborate to advance public reporting of important hospital quality indicators

New Report Highlights Benefits of Flu Vaccine - Press Release

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Flu vaccination prevented an estimated 6.6 million influenza-associated illnesses, 3.2 million medically attended illnesses, and 79,000 hospitalizations during the 2012-2013 flu season, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

CDC to provide an update on flu and vaccination activity this season and share new data on the impact of vaccination last season - Media Advisory

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EDT

CDC to provide an update on flu and vaccination activity this season and share new data on the impact of vaccination last season.

Measles Press Conference: 50th Anniversary of Measles Vaccine - Transcript

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:00:00 EDT

A telebriefing to discuss the renewed spike of measles in the U.S. and its continued threat to health security.

Measles Still Threatens Health Security - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:00:00 EDT

Fifty years after the approval of an extremely effective vaccine, measles, one of the world’s most contagious diseases, still poses a threat to domestic and global health security. An interconnected world is increasing the opportunities for human, animal and zoonotic diseases to emerge and spread globally.

Measles Still Threatens Health Security - Press Release

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Fifty years after the approval of an extremely effective vaccine against measles, one of the world’s most contagious diseases, the virus still poses a threat to domestic and global health security.

President Obama Signs Reauthorization of PEPFAR

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 08:30:00 EDT

Yesterday, President Obama reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to an AIDS-free generation by signing into law the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013.

CDC releases new findings and prevention tools to improve food safety in restaurants - Press Release

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:30:00 EDT

Increased awareness and implementation of proper food safety in restaurants and delis may help prevent many of the foodborne illness outbreaks reported each year in the United States.

Measles Still Threatens Health Security: On 50th Anniversary of Measles Vaccine, Spike in Imported Measles Cases - Media Advisory

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a live media briefing at CDC to discuss the renewed spike of measles in the U.S. and its continued threat to health security.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 357 - Notice to Healthcare Providers: Recognizing and Reporting Serogroup B Meningococcal Disease Associated with Outbreaks at Princeton University and the University of California at Santa Barbara

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:45:00 EDT

Eight cases of serogroup B meningococcal disease have been reported in Princeton University students or persons with links to Princeton University during the last eight months, including three cases reported since September.

Sexual risk lower among U.S. gay and bisexual men who accurately know their HIV status - Press Release

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:00:00 EDT

A new analysis of data from 20 major U.S. cities reveals continued signs of sexual risk among gay and bisexual men, but shows dramatically lower sexual risk among those who accurately know their HIV status.

CDC Telebriefing: Status of Serogroup B Meningitis Cases in the United States - Media Advisory

Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:00:00 EDT

A telebriefing to provide an update on serogroup B meningitis cases in the United States and bacterial meningitis treatment and prevention.

CDC Telebriefing: Status of Serogroup B Meningitis Cases in the United States - Transcript

Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:00:00 EDT

A telebriefing to provide an update on serogroup B meningitis cases in the United States and bacterial meningitis treatment and prevention.

ADHD Estimates Rise - Digital Press Kit

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:00:00 EDT

Two million more children in the United States have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and one million more U.S. children were taking medication for ADHD over an 8 year period (2003-2004 to 2011-2012), according to a new study led by CDC.

CDC Report Documents Health Disparities - Press Release

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:00:00 EDT

Income, education level, sex, race, ethnicity, employment status, and sexual orientation are all related to health and health outcomes for a number of Americans, according to a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Supplement released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Progress and Challenges Fighting Polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan - Press Release

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:00:00 EDT

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan saw an overall decrease in wild poliovirus (WPV) cases from January – September 2013 compared with the same time period in 2012 according to data published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden releases Winnable Battles Progress Report 2010-2015, discusses successes and challenges - Statement

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:30:00 EDT

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden discusses the Winnable Battles initiative.

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2013 - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:00:00 EDT

Infections caused by resistant bacteria have become more common, and many bacteria have become resistant to multiple antibiotics. CDC released a report in September 2013 documenting that each year more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result.

New guidance limits antibiotics for common infections in children - Press Release

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:00:00 EDT

Every year as many as 10 million U.S. children risk side effects from antibiotic prescriptions that are unlikely to help their upper respiratory conditions. Many of these infections are caused by viruses, which are not helped by antibiotics.

CDC accredited for emergency management - Press Release

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) for its excellence in emergency management. CDC is the first federal organization to attain full accreditation.

CDC finds cluster of newborns in Tennessee with bleeding disorder - Press Release

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a cluster of newborns in Tennessee with late vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB). VKDB is a serious, but preventable bleeding disorder that can cause bleeding in the brain.

Emerging tobacco products gaining popularity among youth - Press Release

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:00:00 EDT

Emerging tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and hookahs are quickly gaining popularity among middle- and high-school students, according to a report in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

New CDC Vital Signs: Colorectal cancer testing needs to increase among adults - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:00:00 EDT

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer among men and women in the United States, after lung cancer. About 1 in 3 adults is not getting screened for colorectal cancer as recommended by the U.S. Preventive services Task Force (USPSTF), according to a new Vital Signs report: Colorectal Cancer Screening Test Use - 2012, released today.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - How can more people get tested for colorectal cancer? - Media Advisory

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:00:00 EDT

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs ReportHow can more people get tested for colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer screening rates remain low - Press Release

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:00:00 EDT

About one in three adults aged 50 to 75 years have not been tested for colorectal cancer as recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite rese arch that shows colorectal cancer screening tests saves lives, screening rates remain too low.

Malaria cases in U.S. reach 40-year high - Press Release

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:00:00 EDT

In 2011, 1,925 malaria cases were reported in the United States, according to data published in a supplement of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC Update on the Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis and Other Infections: One Year Later - Statement

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:00:00 EDT

A year ago this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its Emergency Operations Center as part of the response to the tragic outbreak of fungal meningitis.

More than 40 percent of middle and high schoolers who smoke use flavored little cigars or flavored cigarettes - Press Release

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:00:00 EDT

More than two out of every five middle and high school students who smoke report using either flavored little cigars or flavored cigarettes, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Meeting - Media Advisory

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:00:00 EDT

An agenda for the meeting can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/. The agenda will include three votes: considerations for use of meningococcal conjugate vaccine MenACWY-CRM in infants and young toddlers at increased risk for meningococcal disease; the 2014 Child/Adolescent Immunization Schedule; and the 2014 Adult Immunization Schedule. Both the child/adolescent and adult immunization schedules are updated annually. The 2014 adult immunization schedule incorporates changes approved by the ACIP during the 2013 calendar year.

Statement from Tim McAfee, Director, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health on the passing of Nathan Moose, former Tips campaign ad participant - Statement

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:00:00 EDT

Statement from Tim McAfee, Director, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health on the passing of Nathan Moose, former Tips campaign ad participant.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 356 - Acute Hepatitis and Liver Failure Following the Use of a Dietary Supplement Intended for Weight Loss or Muscle Building

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:00:00 EDT

On September 9, 2013, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) was notified of seven patients with severe acute hepatitis and sudden liver failure of unknown cause.

Better, Faster Lab Reports Help States’ Outbreak Response - Press Release

Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT

Once labs detect dangerous infections, it’s crucial for the correct information to get to health departments quickly and in a format that allows them to recognize disease outbreaks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) efforts to speed this process and ensure that the best and most complete information about disease cases is reported is paying off, according to new data released in today’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

David J. Sencer CDC Museum open on <em>Smithsonian magazine Museum Day Live!</em>- Media Advisory

Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT

The exhibit, Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America, looks back through history at how minority groups have experienced health problems differently, helps us understand why these differences persist, and examines our efforts to reduce and eliminate health disparities.

Positive relationship factors may help break cycle of child maltreatment - Media Advisory

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT

The Journal of Adolescent Health released a special supplement investigating the role of safe, stable, nurturing relationships (SSNRs) and social contexts in the cycle of child maltreatment across generations.

2013 Tips From Former Smokers campaign generates 150,000 calls to quitlines and 2.8 million website visits - Press Release

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT

Quitline calls spiked dramatically when 2013 ads were running; fell quickly when they were not

Business Pulse connects CDC and business to address public health threats - Statement

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:00:00 EDT

Today, the CDC Foundation is launching Business Pulse: How CDC Protects the Health of Your Business. The first Business Pulse coincides with September’s National Preparedness Month and features a business continuity discussion between CDC and UPS.

Statement from CDC Director Tom Frieden on the passing of Terrie Hall, former Tips From Former Smokers ad participant - Statement

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Statement from CDC Director Tom Frieden on the passing of Terrie Hall 

CDC Telebriefing on Today's Drug-Resistant Health Threats - Transcript

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:00:00 EDT

CDC telebriefing on today's drug-resistant health threats 

Untreatable: Today's Drug-Resistant Health Threats - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT

Every year, more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result, according to a new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Untreatable: Report by CDC details today’s drug-resistant health threats - Press Release

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT

Every year, more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result, according to a new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC director to host telebriefing on landmark report detailing drug resistance threats - Media Advisory

Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a media telebriefing to discuss a new report that describes the striking toll of antibiotic-resistant germs in the United States. The report provides a first-ever, criteria-based ranking of the organisms by their threat to human health.

CDC Telebriefing on the National Immunization Survey, Vaccine for Children Program, and recent measles outbreaks in the U.S. - Transcript

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:00:00 EDT

CDC telebriefing both on the release of the 2012 National Immunization Survey details in today’s MMWR as well as the increases we are seeing in measles around the country. 

20 Years of Success: CDC Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Vaccines for Children Program - Digital Press kit

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:00:00 EDT

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of passage of the legislation that created the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC), one of our nation’s most successful public-private partnerships for improving public health.

CDC officials to share new data on immunization coverage among nation’s infants and recent measles outbreaks - Media Advisory

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to discuss results from the National Immunization Survey, measles cases and outbreaks, and the 20th Anniversary of the passage of the legislation that created the Vaccines for Children program.

National Press Club Luncheon - Transcript

Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:00:00 EDT

Our guest today has plenty to keep him awake at night. It’s his job to worry about the growing threat that dangerous new pathogens pose for the health not only of Americans, but for the world population. Dr. Thomas Frieden is the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and one of the world’s leading experts in safeguarding our health.

CDC Director to speak on the state of nation’s health security at the National Press Club - Media Advisory

Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT

"The Cough Heard 'Round the World"

Tips From Former Smokers campaign results - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:00:00 EDT

An estimated 1.6 million smokers attempted to quit smoking because of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Tips From Former Smokers” national ad campaign, according to a study released by the CDC.

More than 100,000 Americans quit smoking due to national media campaign - Press Release

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:00:00 EDT

An estimated 1.6 million smokers attempted to quit smoking because of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Tips From Former Smokers” national ad campaign, according to a study released by the CDC.

CDC Telebriefing on Tips From Former Smokers ad campaign results - Transcript

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:00:00 EDT

An estimated 1.6 million smokers attempted to quit smoking because of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Tips From Former Smokers” national ad campaign, according to a study released by the CDC.

Results from first ever federally-funded national education ad campaign, "Tips From Former Smokers" - Media Advisory

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a media telebriefing to discuss the results of the Tips From Former Smokers campaign, a national advertising campaign designed to encourage smokers to quit by featuring emotionally powerful stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities. The results exceeded the campaign’s original goals of quit attempts and successful quits.

E-cigarette use more than doubles among U.S. middle and high school students from 2011-2012 - Press Release

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT

The percentage of U.S. middle and high school students who use electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, more than doubled from 2011 to 2012, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 355 - Recurrent Nationwide Shortage of Tuberculin Skin Test Antigen Solutions: CDC Recommendations for Patient Care and Public Health Practice

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:00:00 EDT

This notice updates and supersedes the advice in HAN 345 and advises public health officials, clinicians, and workers in occupational health and infection control about how to adapt testing protocols to the recurrent shortage.

CDC finds 200,000 heart disease and stroke deaths could be prevented - Press Release

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT

More than 200,000 preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke occurred in the United States in 2010, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of these deaths happened to people younger than 65 years of age.

New CDC Vital Signs: CDC finds 200,000 heart disease and stroke deaths could be prevented - Digital press kit

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT

More than 200,000 preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke occurred in the United States in 2010, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Telebriefing on CDC finding 200,000 heart disease and stroke deaths could be prevented - Transcript

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT

This September Vital Signs is on preventable death from heart disease, stroke, and hypertensive disease, United States 2001 to 2010.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - How can progress be made in preventable deaths from heart attack and stroke? - Media Advisory

Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT

One out of every three deaths in the U.S. is due to cardiovascular disease. A large proportion of heart attacks and strokes do not have to happen. CDC will discuss the latest data on number of preventable death from heart attack and stroke, who is most at risk, where progress is needed and what can be done to drive down these deaths.

CDC releases 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study results - Press Release

Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT

School districts nationwide are showing improvements in measures related to nutritional policies, physical education and tobacco policies, according to the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS).

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 354 - Investigational Drug Available Directly from CDC for the Treatment of Free-Living Ameba Infections

Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:30:00 EDT

CDC now has an expanded access investigational new drug (IND) protocol in effect with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make miltefosine available directly from CDC to clinicians for treatment of free-living ameba (FLA) infections in the United States.

CDC awards funding to help states face new infectious disease threats - Press Release

Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an award to states of about $75.8 million through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement (ELC).

CDC provides estimate of Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year - Press Release

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:00:00 EDT

Preliminary estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the number of Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year is around 300,000. The preliminary estimates were presented Sunday night in Boston at the 2013 International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-Borne Diseases.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 353 - Nationwide Voluntary Recall of All Products for Sterile Use from Compounding Pharmacy Located in Cedar Park, Texas

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:00:00 EDT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care providers and patients of a voluntary nationwide recall of all products produced and distributed for sterile use by Specialty Compounding, LLC, Cedar Park, Texas.

Head back to school safer and healthier this year! - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Heading back to school is an exciting time of year for students and families. As students go back to school, it is important that they eat healthy and stay active, are up to date on their immunizations, and know the signs of bullying for a healthier and safer school year.

CDC state data shows high costs due to excessive alcohol use - Press Release

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:11:00 EDT

Excessive alcohol use causes a large economic burden to states and the District of Columbia, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 352 - Notice to Healthcare Providers and Public Health Officials: Updated Guidance for the Evaluation of Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to work closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to better understand the public health risks posed by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

CDC Releases 2014 Edition of "Yellow Book" - Press Release

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released the online version of the 2014 edition of CDC Health Information for International Travel, commonly known as the "Yellow Book." Nicknamed for its yellow cover, this is the ultimate guide for healthy international travel.

New CDC Vital Signs: Obesity Declines Among Low-Income Preschoolers - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Nineteen states and territories reported decreases in obesity among low-income preschoolers. Twenty states and Puerto Rico held steady at their current rate, and obesity increased slightly in three states.

CDC Telebriefing on Obesity Among Low-Income Preschool-Aged Children - Transcript

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT

After decades of rising rates, there are signs of progress in the fight against childhood obesity. CDC will discuss state-by-state obesity rates among low-income preschoolers, where progress is being made, and what can be done to continue this progress.

Obesity among low-income preschoolers declines in many states - Press Release

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT

After decades of rising rates, obesity among low-income preschoolers declined slightly in 19 states and U.S. territories from 2008 through 2011, according to the latest Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Obesity among low-income preschoolers declines in many states - Media Advisory

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 09:00:00 EDT

After decades of rising rates, there are signs of progress in the fight against childhood obesity. CDC will discuss state-by-state obesity rates among low-income preschoolers, where progress is being made, and what can be done to continue this progress.

CDC and Olympic Champion Amanda Beard team up for healthy swimming - Press Release

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:00:00 EDT

No one spends more time in the pool than elite swimmers, including seven-time Olympic medalist and mom Amanda Beard. CDC and Beard are teaming up to encourage everyone to take steps to protect themselves and their family and friends while swimming.

U.S. breastfeeding rates continue to rise - Press Release

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:00:00 EDT

In a press conference held today, top officials from CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that HPV vaccination rates in girls aged 13-17 years failed to increase between 2011 and 2012, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC Telebriefing on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination coverage and vaccine safety monitoring - Transcript

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to discuss human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination coverage among adolescent girls and postlicensure vaccine safety monitoring in the United States, 2007–2012.

HPV vaccine: Safe, effective, and grossly underutilized - Press Release

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:00:00 EDT

Breastfeeding rates have continued to rise over the past decade, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percent of babies breastfeeding at six months increased from 35 percent in 2000 to 49 percent in 2010.

CDC officials to discuss Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination coverage and vaccine safety monitoring - Media Advisory

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to discuss human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination coverage among adolescent girls and postlicensure vaccine safety monitoring in the United States, 2007–2012.

Healthy life expectancies at age 65 highest in Hawaii, lowest in Mississippi - Press Release

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Residents of the South regardless of race, and blacks throughout the United States, have lower healthy life expectancy at age 65, according to a report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC releases report on 30-year low in youth homicide rates - Press Release

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:00:00 EDT

The homicide rate for youth aged 10 to 24 years in the United States reached a 30-year low in 2010.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 351 - Variant Influenza Virus (H3N2v) Infections

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 15:00:00 EDT

This Health Alert Network Health Advisory provides an update on H3N2 variant virus (or “H3N2v”) activity and summarizes CDC’s updated H3N2v case definitions and recommendations for H3N2v surveillance for the summer and fall of 2013. It supersedes the last H3N2v-related HAN Health Advisory, HAN 325, which was issued August 3, 2012.

HHS grants to bolster disaster preparedness for health care, public health - Press Release

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:00:00 EDT

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded more than $916 million to continue improving preparedness and health outcomes for a wide range of public health threats within every state, eight U.S. territories, and four of the nation's largest metropolitan areas.

New CDC Vital Signs: Deaths from Prescription Painkiller Overdoses Rise Sharply Among Women - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 13:10:00 EDT

The number of prescription painkiller overdose deaths increased five fold among women between 1999 and 2010, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New CDC Vital Signs: Deaths from Prescription Painkiller Overdoses Rise Sharply Among Women - Press Release

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 13:00:00 EDT

The number of prescription painkiller overdose deaths increased five fold among women between 1999 and 2010, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report How has the prescription painkiller overdose epidemic grown in women? - Media Advisory

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 04:00:00 EDT

The prescription painkiller epidemic is killing more women than ever before. New data shows prescription painkiller overdose deaths among women have skyrocketed.

Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 350 - Recommendations for Laboratory Testing for Acetyl Fentanyl and Patient Evaluation and Treatment for Overdose with Synthetic Opioids

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:30:00 EDT

Recently, a number of intravenous drug users have overdosed on a new, non-prescription injected synthetic opioid, acetyl fentanyl. Acetyl fentanyl is a fentanyl analog previously undocumented in illicit drug use that is up to five times more potent than heroin.

CDC advisory committee recommends an influenza vaccine option for persons with egg allergy - Media Advisory

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:00:00 EDT

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted today, 13 to 0, in favor of recommending FluBlok during the 2013-2014 influenza seasons for vaccination of persons 18 through 49 years of age with egg allergy of any severity.

CDC Telebriefing on HPV prevalence among young women following HPV vaccination introduction in the United States, NHANES, 2003-2010 - Transcript

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:00:00 EDT

A new study looking at the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in girls and women before and after the introduction of the HPV vaccine shows a significant reduction in vaccine-type HPV in U.S. teens.

CDC findings show higher suicide-related behaviors among youth involved in bullying - Media Advisory

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:00:00 EDT

The Journal of Adolescent Health released a special issue focusing for the first time on the relationship between bullying and suicide. The special issue was assembled by an expert panel brought together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HPV Vaccination - Digital Press Kit

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:00:00 EDT

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection, representing nearly three-quarters of all newly acquired STIs. While the vast majority of HPV infections will not cause serious harm, some infections will persist and can lead to cervical cancer. Most infected persons do not realize they are infected, or that they are passing HPV on to a sex partner.

New study shows HPV vaccine helping lower HPV infection rates in teen girls - Press Release

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:00:00 EDT

A new study looking at the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in girls and women before and after the introduction of the HPV vaccine shows a significant reduction in vaccine-type HPV in U.S. teens.

CDC officials to discuss decline in Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in females since vaccination started in 2006 - Media Advisory

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to discuss a new study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases that looks at the prevalence of vaccine-type human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in females since the vaccine was introduced in 2006.

David J. Sencer CDC Museum unveils cancer survivors’ photo exhibit - Media Advisory

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 02:00:00 EDT

CDC cancer survivors are featured in the new exhibit, CANCER: Survivors in Focus, which highlights the public health impact of living with, through, and beyond cancer. The exhibit will be open June 17 through September 10, 2013. Several survivors will be available for pictures and interviews on Thursday, June 20.

Haiti close to eliminating lymphatic filariasis - Press Release

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 03:00:00 EDT

Haiti’s public health experts are one step closer to completely ridding its population of a disease that has long plagued the country. For the first time, millions of Haitians are now protected from the infectious, parasitic disease called lymphatic filariasis (LF).

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Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:30:00 EDT

Nationwide Shortage of Doxycycline: Resources for Providers and Recommendations for Patient Care

CDC partners with 104 employers for National Healthy Worksite Program - Press Release

Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through its partner Viridian Health Management, has identified 104 employers in eight counties across the nation that have voluntarily chosen to participate in the National Healthy Worksite Program, a new initiative aimed at reducing chronic disease and building a healthier, more productive U.S. workforce. The initiative primarily focuses on small and mid-sized employers.

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Fri, 07 Jun 2013 22:45:00 EDT

Notice to Health Care Providers: Updated Guidelines for Evaluation of Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) #347

Fri, 07 Jun 2013 18:00:00 EDT

Human Infections with Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Viruses

CDC urges everyone: Get ready to stay cool before temperatures soar - Press Release

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 12:30:00 EDT

Sometimes foods we love and count on for good health are contaminated with germs that cause serious illness and can be deadly for certain people. Listeria, while rare, is one of the most deadly germs spread by contaminated food.

New CDC Vital Signs: Listeria Food Poisoning Striking Hard at Nation’s Most Vulnerable - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:30:00 EDT

Sometimes foods we love and count on for good health are contaminated with germs that cause serious illness and can be deadly for certain people. Listeria, while rare, is one of the most deadly germs spread by contaminated food.

Fewer Americans having problems paying medical bills - Press Release

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 08:00:00 EDT

The percentage of people under age 65 in families having problems paying medical bills decreased from 21.7 percent in the first six months of 2011 to 20.3 percent in the first six months of 2012, according to a report from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

Older Americans, pregnant women face highest risk from Listeria food poisoning - Press Release

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 08:00:00 EDT

Listeria can cause serious infection in certain vulnerable groups, resulting in higher rates of hospitalization and death than most other bacteria commonly spread by contaminated food. A new Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines the key groups particularly hard hit by listeria food poisoning. It also highlights the importance of safety measures to prevent contamination of cheese and raw produce, such as those included in the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act.

One in five Americans report visiting emergency room at least once in the past year - Press Release

Thu, 30 May 2013 09:30:00 EDT

In 2011, 20 percent of U.S. adults reported at least one emergency room visit in the past year, and 7 percent reported two or more visits, according to Health, United States, 2012, the government’s annual, comprehensive report on American’s health.

Anti-smoking ads increase odds of quitting in 14 countries - Media Advisory

Thu, 30 May 2013 09:30:00 EDT

Awareness of anti-smoking messages on television, radio, or billboards, or in newspapers or magazines, significantly increased the odds that current smokers intend to quit in 14 of 17 countries surveyed, according to a study released in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

MRSA study slashes deadly infections in sickest hospital patients - Digital Press Kit

Wed, 29 May 2013 09:30:00 EDT

Using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in ICUs.

MRSA study slashes deadly infections in sickest hospital patients - Press Release

Wed, 29 May 2013 09:30:00 EDT

Using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in ICUs.

Make a Splash! - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 23 May 2013 09:30:00 EDT

As schools let out and summer approaches, it is important for us to remember to stay healthy and safe under the sun and in the water. Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States, and melanoma is the most deadly kind of skin cancer.

CDC director discusses Extreme Heat Awareness with Atlanta area school students - Media Advisory

Wed, 22 May 2013 09:30:00 EDT

Because a doctors’ advice and assistance more than doubles the chances that a smoker will quit successfully, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is partnering with five national physician groups on the new “Talk With Your Doctor” campaign to encourage smokers to ask a doctor for help. The campaign also encourages clinicians to ask patients if they smoke and offer assistance in helping them to quit.

CDC announces new members for the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women - Media Advisory

Mon, 20 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today seven new members who will serve on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women (ACBCYW). The Committee was chartered in 2010 and consists of external experts and stakeholders. The committee members serve two- to four-year terms.

CDC director discusses Extreme Heat Awareness with Atlanta area school students - Media Advisory

Mon, 20 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT

No one should die from a heat wave. But every year, extreme temperatures kills an average of 675 people in the United States more than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods combined. Extreme heat affects everyone, but children, the elderly, the poor or homeless, people who work or exercise outdoors, and those with chronic medical conditions are most at risk.

CDC to issue first comprehensive report on children’s mental health in the United States - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 16 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Up to 1 in 5 children in the U.S. have a mental disorder and estimates are increasing. Children’s mental disorders are associated with poor school and health outcomes, and greater demands on the health, education, and juvenile justice and welfare systems. The MMWR Weekly Report Supplement titled, "Mental Health Surveillance Among Children in the United States - 2005-2011," describes estimates of the number of children aged 3-17 years living in the United States with specific mental disorders, using information from different data sources collected in 2005-2011.

Large majority of adults have smoke-free rules in homes, vehicles - Press Release

Thu, 16 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Four out of five U.S. adults report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their homes and three out of four report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their vehicles, according to a study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC to issue first comprehensive report on children's mental health in the United States - Media Advisory

Thu, 16 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue a report today, "Mental Health Surveillance Among Children in the United States - 2005-2011," appearing as a supplement of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. This is the first CDC report to track the number of U.S. children age 3-17 years who have specific mental disorders or indicators of mental health

CDC study finds fecal contamination in pools - Press Release

Thu, 16 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT

A study of public pools done during last summer’s swim season found that feces are frequently introduced into pool water by swimmers. Through the study, released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers found germs in samples of pool filter water collected from public pools.

Following CDC Protocols Cuts Dialysis Bloodstream Infections in Half - Press Release

Mon, 13 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released results of its Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention Collaborative showing a 32 percent decrease in overall bloodstream infections and a 54 percent decrease in vascular access-related bloodstream infections after CDC prevention guidelines were used. Vascular access-related bloodstream infections are those related to devices used to access the bloodstream for hemodialysis.

CDC releases final West Nile virus national surveillance data for 2012 - Media Advisory

Mon, 13 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT

A total of 5,674 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 286 deaths, were reported to CDC from 48 states (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). Of all West Nile virus disease cases reported, 2,873 (51 percent) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (e.g., meningitis, encephalitis, or acute flaccid paralysis). The dates of illness onset (when the patients’ illness began) ranged from March through December 2012.

Vital Signs: New CDC Vital Signs: Hepatitis C Testing - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 07 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Only half of Americans identified as ever having had hepatitis C received follow-up testing showing that they were still infected, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of data from a multi-area study published today in the CDC report Vital Signs.

CDC Telebriefing on Vital Signs Report: Hepatitis C Virus Infection Testing and Reporting - Media Advisory

Tue, 07 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the new Vital Signs report on hepatitis C testing and reporting. The multi-area analysis looks at the proportion of persons identified as ever having had hepatitis C that received complete testing for the virus, as well as the populations most affected by the disease.

Study suggests only half of Americans with hepatitis C receive complete testing for the virus - Press Release

Tue, 07 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Only half of Americans identified as ever having had hepatitis C received follow-up testing showing that they were still infected, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of data from a multi-area study published today in the CDC report Vital Signs.

CDC finds suicide rates among middle-aged adults increased from 1999-2010 - Press Release

Thu, 02 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Suicide deaths have surpassed deaths from motor vehicle crashes in recent years in the United States. In 2010 there were 33,687 deaths from motor vehicle crashes and 38,364 suicides. Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen substantially since 1999, according to a report in today’s CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Controlling asthma in schools: CDC’s focus for asthma awareness month - Media Advisory

Thu, 02 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT

May is Asthma Awareness Month. Throughout May, CDC will feature new information and updates about the success of CDC’s National Asthma Control Program with a special focus on children and adolescents by debuting facts sheets, an asthma awareness podcast and new instructional videos on inhaler use for use by individuals with asthma and clinicians.

One in five adults meet overall physical activity guidelines - Press Release

Thu, 02 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT

About 20 percent of U.S. adults are meeting both the aerobic and muscle strengthening components of the federal government's physical activity recommendations, according to a report published in today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC’s 62nd Annual Epidemic Intelligence Services (EIS) Conference Begins Today: Showcases “Disease Detectives” and their Life-Saving Work - Digital Press Kit

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:30:00 EDT

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today kicked off its 62nd Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference in Atlanta, beginning a week-long conference dedicated to showcasing the life-saving work of its current EIS officers, or “disease detectives,” and welcoming the incoming class of officers to the two-year postgraduate EIS program.

Infections from some foodborne germs increased, while others remained unchanged in 2012 - Media Advisory

Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:30:00 EDT

The nation’s annual food safety report card is out and it shows that 2012 rates of infections from two germs spread commonly through food have increased significantly when compared to a baseline period of 2006-2008, while rates of most others have not changed during the same period.

New Food Safety Data for 2012 - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:30:00 EDT

Each year, roughly 1 in 6 people in the US gets sick from eating contaminated food. To understand trends in what germs are making people sick, CDC analyzes data from FoodNet, a surveillance system in 10 sites covering about 15 percent of the U.S. population.

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Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:45:00 EDT

Resources Available for Local and State Public Health Officials: Preparing for and Responding to Bombing Events

CDC launches a new educational website on laboratory science for teachers and students - Media Advisory

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:30:00 EDT

CDC’s Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory has launched a new website, designed especially for teachers and students, to learn about the critical role of public health laboratories in protecting the public against diseases and other health hazards.

Smoke-free subsidized housing would save $521 million a year - Press Release

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:00:00 EDT

The estimated annual cost savings from eliminating smoking in all U.S. subsidized housing would be $521 million, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Remembering SARS: 10 Years Later - Digital Press Kit

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:15:00 EDT

In the 2003 global disease outbreak, what became known as SARS started as a mystery illness—without name, origin, or cure. Public health scientists across the globe scrambled to understand and contain this health threat.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:00:00 EDT

Nationwide Shortage of Tuberculin Skin Test Antigens: CDC Recommendations for Patient Care and Public Health Practice

Former CDC Deputy Director and NASA Scientist visit CDC to discuss space science research and its benefit to humanity - Media Advisory

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT

The David J. Sencer CDC Museum presents a look back at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s collaboration with NASA during the 1960’s space program presented by Dr. Walter Dowdle, former CDC Deputy Director. A second presentation will be given by Dr. Tara Ruttley, Associate Program Scientist for the International Space Station, on scientific research in microgravity or weightlessness and how discoveries uncovered in space improve life on Earth.

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Fri, 05 Apr 2013 10:00:00 EDT

Human Infections with Novel Influenza A (H7N9) Viruses

New CDC Vital Signs: Nearly 20 percent of teen births are repeat births - Press Release

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 12:15:00 EDT

Nearly one in five teen births is a repeat birth, according to a Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although teen births have fallen over the past 20 years, the number of repeat births remains high and there are substantial racial/ethnic and geographic differences.

CDC Releases Second Round of ads in “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign - Media Advisory

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media availability to discuss the Tips From Former Smokers campaign, a national advertising campaign designed to encourage smokers to quit by showing the devastating effects smoking and secondhand smoke have on real people.

Norovirus is now the leading cause of severe gastroenteritis in US children - Press Release

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:30:00 EDT

Norovirus is now the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis among children less than 5 years of age who seek medical care, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Norovirus was responsible for nearly 1 million pediatric medical care visits for 2009 and 2010 in the United States, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars in treatment costs each year.

World TB Day: New U.S. Data for 2012 - Digital Press kit

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 05:30:00 EDT

In advance of World TB Day, CDC has released preliminary national TB surveillance data for 2012. The new data show that after 20 consecutive years of declines, TB is at an all-time low in the United States.

CDC and HRSA issue report on changes in prevalence of parent-reported Autism Spectrum Disorder in school-aged children - Media Advisory

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:30:00 EDT

Changes in Prevalence of Parent-Reported Autism Spectrum Disorder in School-Aged Children: 2007 to 2011-2012. The report was co-authored by HRSA and data collection was conducted by the CDC. The data come from the National Survey of Children’s Health, a nationally representative phone survey of households with children. This survey is conducted every four years.

CDC confirms rabies death in organ transplant recipient - Media Statement

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:30:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have confirmed that a patient who recently died of rabies in Maryland contracted the infection through organ transplantation done more than a year ago. The patient was one of four people who had received an organ from the same donor. This week, CDC laboratories tested tissue samples from the donor and from the recipient who died to confirm transmission of rabies through organ transplantation.

Mobile device use while driving more common in the U.S. than in several European countries - Press Relase

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 05:30:00 EDT

Most U.S. drivers reported talking on their cell phone and about one in three read or sent text or email messages when driving, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, examined two specific types of self-reported distracted driving behaviors: cell phone use while driving and reading or sending text or e-mail messages while driving, among drivers aged 18-64 years in the United States and in seven European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom).

Mobile device use while driving more common in the U.S. than in several European countries - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 05:30:00 EDT

According to a CDC study, talking on the phone, texting, and reading email behind the wheel are reportedly more common behaviors in the United States than Europe.

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Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Notice to Health Care Providers: Updated Guidelines for Evaluation of Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with a Novel Coronavirus

CDC: Action needed now to halt spread of deadly bacteria - Press Release

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:30:00 EDT

A family of bacteria has become increasingly resistant to last-resort antibiotics during the past decade, and more hospitalized patients are getting lethal infections that, in some cases, are impossible to cure. The findings, published today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vital Signs report, are a call to action for the entire health care community to work urgently – individually, regionally and nationally – to protect patients. During just the first half of 2012, almost 200 hospitals and long-term acute care facilities treated at least one patient infected with these bacteria.

CDC Telebriefing: Vital Signs Report Details Rising Threat from Lethal CRE Bacteria - Media Advisory

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media availability to discuss the new Vital Signs report on a drug-resistant bacteria called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) that is spreading in U.S. inpatient medical facilities. These bacteria cause life-threatening infections that are difficult, and in some cases, impossible to treat. In some places, these bacteria are already posing a routine threat to patients and their medical teams. Learn what this means to patients and health care providers, and what can be done about it.

New CDC Vital Signs: Lethal, Drug-resistant Bacteria Spreading in U.S. Healthcare Facilities - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 05:30:00 EDT

A family of bacteria has become increasingly resistant to last-resort antibiotics during the past decade, and more hospitalized patients are getting lethal infections that, in some cases, are impossible to cure. The findings, published today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vital Signs report, are a call to action for the entire health care community to work urgently – individually, regionally and nationally – to protect patients. During just the first half of 2012, almost 200 hospitals and long-term acute care facilities treated at least one patient infected with these bacteria.

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Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:30:00 EDT

Notice to Clinicians: Continued Vigilance Urged for Fungal Infections among Patients Who Received Contaminated Steroid Injections

About one in five U.S. adult cigarette smokers have tried an electronic cigarette - Press Release

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:30:00 EDT

In 2011, about 21 percent of adults who smoke traditional cigarettes had used electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, up from about 10 percent in 2010, according to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall, about six percent of all adults have tried e-cigarettes, with estimates nearly doubling from 2010. This study is the first to report changes in awareness and use of e-cigarettes between 2010 and 2011.

Innovative policy to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV shows positive impact - Press Release

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:00:00 EDT

The number of pregnant and breastfeeding women in Malawi with HIV who started life-saving antiretroviral treatment increased by more than 700 percent in one year, according to a study in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The new treatment option, called Option B+, offers all pregnant or breastfeeding women infected with HIV lifelong antiretroviral treatment (ART), regardless of the stage of their HIV infection.

Multiple Multistate Outbreaks of Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Live Poultry in Backyard Flocks - Digital Press kit

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:00:00 EDT

Salmonella infections don’t just come from contaminated food—they can come from contact with animals, too. Many Salmonella infections occur in people who have contact with certain types of animals.

Opioids drive continued increase in drug overdose deaths - Press Release

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:00:00 EDT

Drug overdose deaths increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings are published today in a research letter, "Pharmaceutical Overdose Deaths, United States, 2010," in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

iPad users can solve public health outbreaks - Media Advisory

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:00:00 EDT

Scientists and gamers alike can now play disease detective, through Solve the Outbreak, a new iPad app from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The app lets users assume the role of a disease outbreak investigator in the agency's Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) by navigating three fictional outbreaks based on real-life events. Users get clues, review data, and make decisions to determine the cause of the outbreak.

Million Hearts Releases New Spanish-Language Resources on Heart Health - Press Release

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:00:00 EDT

Educational resources to help Hispanics take control of their heart health is available from Million Hearts, a national public-private partnership that works to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Meeting - Media Advisory

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

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Thu, 14 Feb 2013 00:30:00 EDT

New Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Warrant Additional Action by Healthcare Providers

More Mothers are Breastfeeding - Press Release

Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Across all groups, the percentage of mothers who start and continue breastfeeding is rising, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 2000 to 2008, mothers who started breastfeeding increased more than 4 percentage points.

Safe Medication Lists on the Internet - Digital Press Kit

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EDT

More than 90 percent of women use at least one medicine during pregnancy. To learn about taking medicine during pregnancy, about half of women ages 18 to 44 years old look for health information on the internet. A new study shows that while many internet websites post lists of medicines that are safe to take during pregnancy, for many of the medicines listed, there is not enough known to determine their safety or risk for use during pregnancy.

Vital Signs Report on Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults with Mental Illness - Digital Press Kit

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Adults with some form of mental illness have a smoking rate 70 percent higher than adults with no mental illness, according to a Vital Signs report. Combined data from SAMHSA’s 2009–2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) were used to calculate national and state estimates of cigarette smoking among adults aged 18 years and older who reported having any mental illness.

Climate and Health Symposium Puts Science into Practice

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:00:00 EDT

The CDC and NIH will cohost in coordination with American Public Health Association (APHA), National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), a two-day symposium “Extreme Weather, Climate and Health: Putting Science into Practice.” This meeting is an opportunity for the research community and health departments to learn from each other about preparing for and responding to climate change.

CDC releases first estimates of the food sources of all foodborne illnesses acquired in the United States

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:30:00 EDT

A new CDC paper, “Attribution of Foodborne Illnesses, Hospitalizations, and Deaths to Food Commodities By Using Outbreak Data, United States, 1998-2008” is being published in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal. For the first time, CDC developed a comprehensive set of estimates using data from more than a decade of foodborne disease outbreaks and previously published estimates on how many illnesses can be attributed to each food category.

Telebriefing on U.S. Adult Vaccination Rates

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a telephone-only media briefing Tuesday, January 29, to provide up-to-date figures on the number of adults in the U.S. who receive recommended vaccines other than the influenza vaccine.

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Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:00:00 EDT

Recommendations for Drug Allocation, Tuberculosis Prevention, and Patient Care During Isoniazid Shortages

CDC releases data on interpersonal and sexual violence by sexual orientation

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:00:00 EDT

The first set of national prevalence data on intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual violence (SV), and stalking victimization by sexual orientation was released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study found that lesbians and gay men reported IPV and SV over their lifetimes at levels equal to or higher than those of heterosexuals; with sexual orientation based on respondents’ identification at the time of the survey.

Tobacco Control State Highlights 2012 Released

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:00:00 EDT

CDC released the Tobacco Control State Highlights 2012 report which provides an overview of the implementation of strategies that reduce tobacco use in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. While states have made progress, the reduction of tobacco use nationwide has slowed. The report shows that more work needs to be done to end the epidemic of tobacco-related death and disease.ies.

New norovirus strain causing most norovirus outbreaks in United States

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:00:00 EDT

A new strain of norovirus called GII.4 Sydney was the leading cause of norovirus outbreaks in the United States from September to December 2012, according to a study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new strain was detected in Australia in March 2012, and caused outbreaks in that country and several other countries.

STOP Polio: Coming Together to End Polio Once and For All - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EDT

The global effort to eradicate polio is one of the largest public health initiatives in history. Many countries affected by polio have a shortage of skilled public health staff available to fully support eradication efforts. The Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and co-sponsored by Rotary International, World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, helps address this shortage by training and deploying skilled public health professionals who volunteer to support in-country immunization programs.

Press Briefing Transcript

Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:00:00 EDT

Telebriefing on Flu Season and Vaccine Effectiveness

CDC Update: 2012-2013 Influenza Season

Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:45:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to provide an update on the 2012-2013 influenza season.

13 in 2013: CDC Looks Ahead - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EDT

As America’s health protection agency, CDC works 24/7 saving lives, protecting people from health threats, and saving money through prevention. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC is there for you. Here’s a glance of 13 public health topics to look for in 2013.

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Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:00:00 EDT

Health Concerns about Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bug Control Notice to Clinicians: Summary of CDC Recommendations for Influenza Antiviral Medications

Binge drinking is an under-recognized problem among women and girls - Press Release

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Binge drinking is a dangerous behavior that can lead to tragic circumstances. It’s not often recognized as a women’s health problem but nearly 14 million U.S. women binge drink about three times a month, and consume an average of six drinks per binge, according to a Vital Signs report released today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

CDC Vital Signs: Binge Drinking among Women and High School Girls - Digital Press kit

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Binge drinking is a dangerous behavior but is not widely recognized as a women's health problem. CDC's latest Vital Signs report shows that nearly 14 million U.S. women binge drink about three times a month, and consume an average of six drinks per binge. Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks on an occasion for women and girls.

CDC Telebriefing on Vital Signs Report on Binge Drinking among Women and Girls

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 10:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media availability to discuss the new Vital Signs report on binge drinking among women and high school girls.

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month - Digital Press kit

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 03:00:00 EDT

Every 4 ½ minutes, a baby is born with a major birth defect in the United States. They are a leading cause of death among U.S. infants, accounting for about 20% of mortality in the first year of life. In addition, babies born with birth defects have a greater chance of illness and long term disability than babies without birth defects. January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, a time to focus on raising awareness about the frequency with which birth defects occur in the United States and of the steps that can be taken to prevent them.

More women getting Pap tests as recommended - Press Release

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EDT

Younger women (30 and younger) are getting screened consistent with newer national recommendations, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a second study, CDC reported that 60 percent of women continue to get Pap tests even after having a total hysterectomy. The two studies are published in today’s issue of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Thu, 20 Dec 2012 13:30:00 EDT

Update: Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Infections among Persons Who Received Injections with Contaminated Medication

CDC 2012: A Year in Review - Digital Press kit

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:00:00 EDT

CDC is known for outbreak response. We're known for being the first there, the best there, and being able to support our local and global partners in identifying problems and stopping them. We have America's back; we work to protect Americans from threats 24/7 and we work to help people lead longer, healthier, more productive lives by preventing heart attacks, cancer, stroke, diabetes and other leading causes of death. Here’s a highlight of how CDC has been there for America and the world in 2012.

Give the Gift of Health and Safety: Healthy Living Holiday Tips

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The holidays are a time to celebrate, give thanks, and reflect. Give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others this holiday season by paying special attention to your health. To get started on your new year’s resolution early; follow these holiday tips and start living a healthier lifestyle.

The Impact of Unsafe Injection Practices in U.S. Healthcare Settings - Digital Press Kit

Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:00:00 EDT

More than 150,000 patients have been impacted by unsafe injection practices since 2001. Breakdowns in proper infection control often involve providers reusing needles, syringes or single-dose medication vials, all of which are meant for one patient and one procedure.

New CDC Vital Signs: HIV Among Youth - Digital Press Kit

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Young people between the ages of 13 and 24 represent more than a quarter of new HIV infections each year (26 percent) and most of these youth living with HIV (60 percent) are unaware they are infected, according to a Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most-affected young people are young gay and bisexual men and African-Americans, the report says.

CDC Telebriefing on Vital Signs Report: HIV Infection, Testing, and Risk Behaviors among Youths—United States - Media Advisory

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the new Vital Signs report on the impact of HIV among young people in the U.S. The new report looks at data on new HIV infections, testing, and risk behaviors among young people between the ages of 13 and 24.

More than half of young HIV-infected Americans are not aware of their status - Press Release

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Young people between the ages of 13 and 24 represent more than a quarter of new HIV infections each year (26 percent) and most of these youth living with HIV (60 percent) are unaware they are infected, according to a Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most-affected young people are young gay and bisexual men and African-Americans, the report says.

Secondhand smoke inside airports puts air travelers and employees at risk

Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:00:00 EDT

Air pollution from secondhand smoke five times higher outside smoking rooms and other designated smoking areas than in smoke-free airports.

60 percent of America's biggest cities are now smoke-free

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Comprehensive smoke-free laws cover 30 of 50 largest U.S. cities, up from just one in 2000.

CDC Telebriefing on Vital Signs Report on Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer - Media Advisory

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media availability to discuss the new Vital Signs report on racial disparities in breast cancer severity.

Disparities in breast cancer continue among U.S. women - Press Relase

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:00:00 EDT

Black women have higher death rates from breast cancer than any other racial or ethnic group. They are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than white women, according to a Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New CDC Vital Signs: Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Severity - Digital Press Kit

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:00:00 EDT

Black women have higher death rates from breast cancer than any other racial or ethnic group. They are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than white women, according to a Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is November 12-18, 2012 - Digital Press Kit

Thu, 08 Nov 2012 16:00:00 EDT

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2012 will highlight the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use nationally and globally.

CDC announces release of important policy statement and national polling results on antibiotic resistance Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is November 12-18, 2012

Thu, 08 Nov 2012 16:00:00 EDT

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2012 will highlight the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use nationally and globally.

CDC Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices Recommends Tdap Immunization for Pregnant Women

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:00:00 EDT

The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices voted today 14 to 0, with one abstention, to recommend that providers of prenatal care implement a Tdap immunization program for all pregnant women. Health-care personnel should administer a dose of Tdap during each pregnancy irrespective of the patient's prior history of receiving Tdap. If not administered during pregnancy, Tdap should be administered immediately postpartum.

CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommends HibMenCY for Infants at Increased Risk for Meningococcal Disease

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:00:00 EDT

The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices voted today 13 to 1, with 1 abstention, to recommend that infants at increased risk for meningococcal disease should be vaccinated with 4 doses of HibMenCY at 2, 4, 6, and 12 through 15 months. These include infants with recognized persistent complement pathway deficiencies and infants who have anatomic or functional asplenia including sickle cell disease. HibMenCY can be used in infants ages 2 through 18 months who are in communities with serogroup C and Y meningococcal disease outbreaks.

CDC Hosts First Twitter Live Chat on Intimate Partner Violence

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:15:00 EDT

CDC's VetoViolence – in partnership with the Administration of Children and Families (ACF) via the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and VAWnet, Prevent Connect, and the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) – is hosting a Twitter Live Chat about this important issue.

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Meeting

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 09:15:00 EDT

Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

CDC Responds to Multistate Meningitis Outbreak

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:24:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with state and local health departments and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) , is investigating a multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections among patients who received contaminated preservative-free MPA steroid injections from New England Compounding Center (NECC).

CDC Releases First FluView Report for 2012-2013 Influenza Season

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:45:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today issued the first "FluView" influenza activity report for the U.S. 2012-2013 flu season. The 2012-2013 reporting season began on September 30. The first FluView report shows that influenza activity is low nationwide. This season, FluView has new interactive visualization tools.

CDC, FDA, Massachusetts Department of Public Health Joint Telebriefing Updating Investigation of Meningitis Outbreak (Transcript)

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:00:00 EDT

CDC, FDA, and Massachusetts Department of Public Health hosted a telephone-only media availability to provide updates about the multistate investigation of meningitis among patients who have received an epidural steroid injection (medication injected into the spine) and joint injections.

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:24:00 EDT

While HIV poses a serious health threat to all Latinos, different Latino communities are impacted in different ways. In conjunction with National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15), CDC releases new data reinforcing that the epidemic among Latinos is as diverse as the community itself here in the United States.

CDC, FDA, Massachusetts Department of Public Health Joint Telebriefing Updating Investigation of Meningitis Outbreak

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:24:00 EDT

CDC, FDA, and Massachusetts Department of Public Health will host a telephone-only media availability to provide updates about the multistate investigation of meningitis among patients who have received an epidural steroid injection (medication injected into the spine) and joint injections.

Update on Nationwide Meningitis Outbreak

Fri, 05 Oct 2012 14:24:00 EDT

In response to a nationwide outbreak of meningitis and stroke associated with a widely distributed medication, CDC is providing updated guidance to clinicians and patients about contaminated medication products received from the New England Compounding Center located in Framingham, Mass.

CDC and FDA Joint Telebriefing on Investigation of Meningitis Outbreak (Transcript)

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:30:00 EDT

CDC and FDA hosted a telephone-only media availability to discuss information about the multi-state investigation of meningitis among patients who have received epidural steroid injections.

CDC and FDA Joint Telebriefing on Investigation of Meningitis Outbreak

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:15:00 EDT

CDC and FDA will host a telephone-only media availability to discuss information about the multi-state investigation of meningitis among patients who have received epidural steroid injections.

Vital Signs: Drinking and Driving Among High School Students Aged > 16 Years — United States, 1991–2011

Tue, 02 Oct 2012 15:45:00 EDT

CDC hosted a telephone-only media availability to discuss the new Vital Signs report on drinking and driving among high school students.

Digital Press Kit: CDC study shows 54 percent decrease in teen drinking and driving since 1991

Tue, 02 Oct 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The percentage of teens in high school (aged 16 and older) who drove when they had been drinking alcohol decreased by 54 percent between 1991 and 2011, according to a Vital Signs study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine out of 10 high school teens (aged 16 and older) did not drink and drive during 2011.

Press Release: CDC study shows 54 percent decrease in teen drinking and driving since 1991

Tue, 02 Oct 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The percentage of teens in high school (aged 16 and older) who drove when they had been drinking alcohol decreased by 54 percent between 1991 and 2011, according to a Vital Signs study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine out of 10 high school teens (aged 16 and older) did not drink and drive during 2011.

CDC Telebriefing on Vital Signs Report on Drinking and Driving Among High School Students

Tue, 02 Oct 2012 09:30:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media availability to discuss the new Vital Signs report on drinking and driving among high school students.

Million Hearts Recognizes Health Systems' Success in Helping Patients Control High Blood Pressure

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:15:00 EDT

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Million Hearts Initiative today recognized two practices for success in helping patients control their high blood pressure.

Multistate Outbreaks of Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Small Turtles

Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:00:00 EDT

Contact with reptiles (such as turtles, snakes, and lizards) and amphibians (such as frogs and toads) can be a source of human Salmonella infections. Salmonella germs are shed in the droppings of reptiles and amphibians and can easily contaminate their bodies and the water in tanks or aquariums where these animals live, which can spread to people.

Million Hearts Launches New Educational Program to Improve Americans' Blood Pressure Control

Wed, 05 Sep 2012 10:00:00 EDT

Customers at drugstores around the nation can get help to improve blood pressure control, through a collaboration among pharmacists, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other partners. The program, "Team Up. Pressure Down.," includes educational videos, a blood pressure control journal, and wallet card to track medication use.

CDC Telebriefing on West Nile Virus Update

Wed, 05 Sep 2012 09:45:00 EDT

CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss updated West Nile Virus numbers and provide an update on the situation in Texas.

High blood pressure is out of control for too many Americans

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The majority of people with high blood pressure are being treated with medicine and have seen a doctor at least twice in the past year, yet their condition is still not under control, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Millions more are either aware they have high blood pressure but aren't getting treated with medicine or don't even know they have it, the report says.

CDC Telebriefing on West Nile Virus Update

Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:00:00 EDT

CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss updated West Nile Virus numbers and provide an update on the situation in Texas.

Children with neurologic disorders at high risk of death from flu

Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:30:00 EDT

A disproportionately high number of children with neurologic disorders died from influenza-related complications during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, according to a study by scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Telebriefing on West Nile Virus Update

Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:00:00 EDT

CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss updated West Nile Virus numbers and provide an update on the situation in Texas.

Expanded Hepatitis C Testing Recommendations

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:00:00 EDT

Expanded Hepatitis C Testing Recommendations To identify more hidden infections, provide prompt and appropriate care and treatment, and avoid tens of thousands of hepatitis C-related illnesses and deaths, CDC now recommends that all U.S. baby boomers get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus.

CDC Now Recommends All Baby Boomers Receive One-Time Hepatitis C Test

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:00:00 EDT

All U.S. baby boomers should get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus, according to final recommendations published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Update on H3N2v Cases Telebriefing

Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:00:00 EDT

2011 CDC map detailing adult obesity prevalence for all U.S. states based on Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data

2011 State Obesity Map Now Available

Thu, 09 Aug 2012 15:00:00 EDT

CDC hosted a telephone-only media availability to give an update on influenza a H3N2 variant virus.

Gradual drop in youth tobacco use continues, but significant problem areas remain

Thu, 09 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Tobacco use among American middle school and high school students showed a slow decline from 2000 to 2011, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention But when compared with other long-term studies, such as the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the steep rate of decline from 1997 to 2003 has slowed noticeably.

CDC Update: Influenza A (H3N2) Variant Virus

Thu, 09 Aug 2012 09:45:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media availability to provide an update on the domestic influenza A (H3N2) variant ("H3N2v") virus situation. A number of additional cases of human infection with H3N2v virus have been confirmed in the United States and are being reported on Friday.

CDC Vital Signs: Walking Among Adults — United States, 2005 and 2010 Telebriefing

Tue, 07 Aug 2012 15:00:00 EDT

CDC hosted a telephone-only media availability to discuss the new Vital Signs report on walking among adults.

Six in 10 adults now get physically active by walking

Tue, 07 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Sixty-two percent of adults say they walked for at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week in 2010, compared to 56 percent in 2005, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Telebriefing on Vital Signs Report: Walking Among Adults — United States, 2005 and 2010

Tue, 07 Aug 2012 10:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media availability to discuss the new Vital Signs report on walking among adults.

CDC Update: Influenza A (H3N2) Variant Virus

Fri, 03 Aug 2012 11:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media availability to provide an update on the domestic influenza A (H3N2) variant ("H3N2v") virus situation.

CDC Sponsors Conference on Health in the Arctic

Fri, 03 Aug 2012 11:00:00 EDT

CDC co-hosts 15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health, the largest international health meeting for Arctic health issues.

Drop in cigarette consumption offset by increases in other forms of smoked tobacco

Thu, 02 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Loopholes in tax structure, classification system are possible causes.

West Nile virus disease cases up this year

Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to take steps to prevent West Nile virus infections. Outbreaks of West Nile virus disease occur each summer in the United States. This year, some areas of the country are experiencing earlier and greater activity.

CDC: Amazon study finds routine rabies exposures

Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Some people living in two Amazon communities in Peru survived being exposed to rabies virus without receiving vaccination, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with the Peruvian Ministry of Health.

Digital Press Kit: Study Detects Rabies Immune Response in Amazon Populations

Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Digital press kit for the CDC sponsored study of rabies exposures in the Amazon

HHS seeks new apps to help consumers determine, reduce heart risk

Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced a new challenge to create a mobile app to help consumers reduce their risk for heart disease by controlling their blood pressure and managing their cholesterol.

CDC reports progress, innovations and challenges in scaling-up Prevention of Mother-to-Child-Transmission (PMTCT) efforts in Africa

Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:45:00 EDT

Research and analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference reveal mother-to-child transmission has decreased in South Africa, provides insights into new clinical and laboratory data in resource-limited settings, and highlights the application of best practices in Mozambique.

New CDC studies point to better practices in timing, testing, and retention of patients in HIV anti-retroviral drug treatment (ART) in Africa

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:00:00 EDT

New collaborative studies being presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the XIX International AIDS Conference confirm early treatment of HIV patients results in better outcomes, suggest use of viral load testing to detect treatment failure, and highlight factors associated with low rate of ART enrollment.

CDC helps increase countries' skills in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs through collaborative research, training and mentoring in Africa

Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:00:00 EDT

Presentations at the XIX International AIDS Conference demonstrate how collaborative research, training and hands on mentoring from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are helping to build capacity to prevent HIV/AIDS and provide live-saving care and treatment to those suffering from this devastating disease.

Reported NNDSS pertussis cases: 1922-2011 [PDF - 108KB]

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Reported NNDSS pertussis cases: 1922-2011 [PDF - 108KB]

CDC Telebriefing: Pertussis Epidemic in Washington State - 2012

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT

CDC hosted a telebriefing to provide updates on increases of pertussis cases in the United States and the epidemic in Washington State.

Traveler's Health: 2012 London Olympics

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT

CDC wants your travel experience to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games in London this summer to be healthy, safe, and memorable.

Methadone linked to 30 percent of prescription painkiller overdose deaths

Tue, 03 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The prescription drug methadone accounted for 2 percent of painkiller prescriptions in the United States in 2009, but was involved in more than 30 percent of prescription painkiller overdose deaths, according to a CDC Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HHS grants bolster health care and public health disaster preparedness

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $971 million to continue improving preparedness and health outcomes for a wide range of public health threats within every state, eight U.S. territories, and four of the nation's largest metropolitan areas.

CDC Telebriefing on Vital Signs Report: Risk for Overdose from Methadone Used for Pain Relief — United States, 1999–2010

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a media telebriefing to discuss the new Vital Signs report on overdose deaths due to the opioid pain reliever methadone.

Innovative CDC Effort Expands HIV Testing into Pharmacies

Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT

A pilot project to train pharmacists and retail store clinic staff at 24 rural and urban sites to deliver confidential rapid HIV testing was announced today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal of the initiative is to extend HIV testing and counseling into the standard everyday services offered by pharmacies and retail clinics.

New CDC test for dengue approved

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a new diagnostic test to detect the presence of dengue virus in people with symptoms of dengue fever or dengue hemorrhagic fever. The test, called the CDC DENV-1-4 Real Time RT PCR Assay, has been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States and can be performed using equipment and supplies many public health laboratories already use to diagnose influenza.

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Meeting

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) consists of 15 experts in fields associated with immunization who have been selected by the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide advice and guidance to the Secretary, the Assistant Secretary for Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the control of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Landmark ad campaign yields almost 200,000 more calls to state quitlines after 12 weeks

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The "Tips From Former Smokers" national ad campaign has generated almost 200,000 additional calls to 1-800-QUIT-NOW, a portal that links callers to their state quitlines, and more than 400,000 additional unique visitors to www.smokefree.gov, a federal website designed to help people quit smoking, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today.

Nearly half of U.S. adults were not receiving key preventive health services before 2010

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Only about half of U.S. adults received selected preventive services such as screenings, consultations and prescriptions, from a health care professional before 2010, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC study finds universal motorcycle helmet laws increase helmet use, save money

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Annual cost savings in states with universal motorcycle helmet laws were nearly four times greater (per registered motorcycle) than in states without these comprehensive laws, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Universal helmet laws require that motorcycle riders and passengers wear a helmet every time they ride.

U.S. High School Students Improve Motor Vehicle-related Health Behaviors

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT

U.S. high school students have shown significant progress over the past two decades in improving many health-risk behaviors associated with the leading cause of death among youth—motor vehicle crashes—according to the 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, youth are engaging in other dangerous practices such as texting and emailing while driving.

CDC Adds Cell Phone Data to Annual Behavior Survey

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) reflects an adjustment in the way the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collects and weighs data for this annual report. This year's report includes surveys collected using cellular telephone numbers in addition to land-line telephone numbers.

Statement regarding Office of the Inspector General Vaccines for Children report

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT

On June 5, 2012 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report on "Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program: Vulnerabilities in Vaccine Management.". CDC's VFC program provides free vaccines to eligible children through a national network that includes all states and U.S. territories and is composed of more than 44,000 participating provider sites. This program plays a significant role in improving access to vaccination for millions of children.

CDC Telebriefing on 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media availability to discuss the new 2011 results from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, a survey of high schools students (grades 9-12) conducted every other year.

Surgeon General Announces Video Contest Winners

Thu, 31 May 2012 09:00:00 EDT

Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin today named the winners of the Surgeon General's Video Contest for Youth and Young Adults. Each of the winners created a video based on the contest theme, "Tobacco – I'm Not Buying It."

Heart disease and stroke deaths drop significantly for people with diabetes

Tue, 22 May 2012 16:00:00 EDT

Death rates for people with diabetes dropped substantially from 1997 to 2006, especially deaths related to heart disease and stroke, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.

Higher education and income levels keys to better health, according to annual report on nation's health

Wed, 16 May 2012 09:00:00 EDT

People with higher levels of education and higher income have lower rates of many chronic diseases compared to those with less education and lower income levels, according to Health, United States, 2011 – the government's annual comprehensive report on Americans' health.

Task Force recommends team-based care for improving blood pressure control

Tue, 15 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The Community Preventive Services Task Force today announced it recommends team-based care (TBC) for improving blood pressure control on the basis of strong evidence of effectiveness.

Survey reveals growing national impact of asthma

Tue, 15 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT

An estimated 29.1 million adults (12.7 percent) have been diagnosed with asthma in their lifetimes, and 18.7 million (8.2 percent) still had asthma, according to 2010 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

High-risk behaviors for skin cancer common among young adults

Thu, 10 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Young adults are increasing their risk for developing skin cancer, according to two studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute.

New report provides a decade of analysis of various foodborne illnesses

Thu, 10 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The supplement includes new data from the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), which tracks important foodborne illnesses trends and provides information used to assess the impact of food safety initiatives on the burden of foodborne illness.

CDC Recognizes Obesity Prevention and Control Initiatives with Pioneering Innovation Awards

Wed, 09 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Six organizations and one person are recipients of the Pioneering Innovation Award for their work in advancing policies and environmental strategies to prevent and control obesity.

Weight of the Nation Telebriefing

Mon, 07 May 2012 04:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to present findings of a study being presented at CDC's Weight of the Nation obesity conference, "Obesity and Severe Obesity Forecasts through 2030."

CDC to Host Second Weight of the Nation Conference to Address Obesity

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:00:00 EDT

Weight of the Nation Conference The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host its second Weight of the Nation conference, designed to provide a forum to highlight progress in the prevention and control of obesity through policy, systems and environmental approaches to help advance healthy eating and active living.

Death rates from unintentional injury among children dropped by nearly 30 percent in 10 years

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 04:00:00 EDT

Death rates from unintentional injuries among children and adolescents from birth to age 19 declined by nearly 30 percent from 2000 to 2009, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Media Advisory on Vital Signs Report: Unintentional Injury Deaths Among Persons Aged 0–19 Years — United States, 2000–2009

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 04:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the new Vital Signs report that describes 10-year trends in unintentional injury deaths among persons aged 0–19 years.

CDC Telebriefing: Measles — United States, 2011

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 04:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to provide an update on measles in the United States.

CDC issues state health care-associated infection report

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 04:00:00 EDT

A new state-by-state breakdown of health care-associated infections shows reductions in infection rates across the country.

CDC Hosts 61st Annual Epidemic Intelligence Services (EIS) Conference

Fri, 13 Apr 2012 04:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hosting the 61st Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference.

CDC estimates 1 in 88 children in United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 04:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a new study released today that looked at data from 14 communities.

CDC Telebriefing on the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 04:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the MMWR surveillance summary on the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders.

Report to the nation finds continuing declines in cancer death rates since the early 1990s

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 04:00:00 EDT

Death rates from all cancers combined for men, women, and children continued to decline in the United States between 2004 and 2008, according to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2008. The overall rate of new cancer diagnoses, also known as incidence, among men decreased by an average of 0.6 percent per year between 2004 and 2008.

Deaths from gastroenteritis double

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The number of people who died from gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines that causes vomiting and diarrhea) more than doubled from 1999 to 2007, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Smartphones more accurate, faster, cheaper for disease surveillance

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Smartphones are showing promise in disease surveillance in the developing world. The Kenya Ministry of Health, along with researchers in Kenya for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that smartphone use was cheaper than traditional paper survey methods to gather disease information, after the initial set-up cost.

CDC research shows outbreaks linked to imported foods increasing

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Foodborne disease outbreaks caused by imported food appeared to rise in 2009 and 2010, and nearly half of the outbreaks implicated foods imported from areas which previously had not been associated with outbreaks, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented today at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta.

Life-threatening germ poses threat across medical facilities

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT

CDC highlights steps to prevent spread of deadly C. difficile bacteria, which impacts patients in nursing homes and outpatient care, not just hospitals.

CDC Media Advisory on Vital Signs Report: Preventing Clostridium difficile Infections

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the new Vital Signs reports on Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), including nonhospital health-care exposures to the overall burden of CDI, and the ability of programs to prevent CDIs by implementing CDC recommendations across a range of hospitals.

New influenza virus discovered in Guatemalan fruit bats

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EDT

A new influenza A virus discovered in fruit bats in Guatemala does not appear to present a current threat to humans, but should be studied as a potential source for human influenza, according to scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who worked with University of the Valley of Guatemala.

CDC Telebriefing: Influenza Update

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to provide an influenza update, including providing recent information on influenza activity this season.

Majority of dairy-related disease outbreaks linked to raw milk

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The rate of outbreaks caused by unpasteurized milk (often called raw milk) and products made from it was 150 times greater than outbreaks linked to pasteurized milk, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New: CDC Recommendations for Influenza Antiviral Medications Remain Unchanged

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 13:30:00 EDT

A recent review of randomized clinical trial data for the influenza neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral medications, and two related commentaries, raised questions about the value of antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza. On February 7, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a "Have You Heard?" piece in response. The CDC response states "After careful consideration of all available evidence, CDC guidance on the use of antiviral medications remains unchanged." CDC continues to recommend the use of neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral drugs (oral oseltamivir and inhaled zanamivir) as an important adjunct in the prevention and treatment of influenza.

CDC study finds levels of trans-fatty acids in blood of U.S. white adults has decreased

Wed, 08 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Blood levels of trans-fatty acids (TFAs) in white adults in the U.S. population decreased by 58 percent from 2000 to 2009 according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published in the Feb. 8 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Nine in 10 U.S. adults get too much sodium every day

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Nearly all Americans consume much more sodium than they should, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Telebriefing on Vital Signs Report: Food Categories Contributing the Most to Sodium Consumption – United States, 2007-2008

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media availability to discuss the new Vital Signs report on food categories contributing the most sodium to the U.S. populations' diet.

CDC and Partners Host International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EDT

Journalists are invited to attend and cover the 2012 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID) in Atlanta. One of the world's premier infectious disease conferences, ICEID brings together thousands of public health professionals to explore issues in surveillance, research, epidemiology and prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases, both in the United States and abroad.

Child abuse and neglect cost the United States $124 billion

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The total lifetime estimated financial costs associated with just one year of confirmed cases of child maltreatment (physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and neglect) is approximately $124 billion, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in Child Abuse and Neglect, The International Journal.

CDC report finds large decline in lower-limb amputations among U.S. adults with diagnosed diabetes

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The rate of leg and foot amputations among U.S. adults aged 40 and older with diagnosed diabetes declined by 65 percent between 1996 and 2008, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published today in the journal, Diabetes Care.

Binge drinking is bigger problem than previously thought

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EDT

More than 38 million U.S. adults binge drink an average of four times a month and the most drinks they consume on average is eight according to a new Vital Signs report form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Telebriefing on Vital Signs Report: Binge Drinking

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media availability to discuss the new Vital Signs report on binge drinking in adults.

Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Widespread in the US

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:00:00 EDT

On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States, according to findings released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many young children overdosing from medicines at home

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:00:00 EDT

Each year, one of every 150 two-year-olds visits an emergency department in the United States for an unintentional medication overdose, most often after finding and eating or drinking medicines without adult supervision.

A twist on gift-giving this season could change hearts

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 12:00:00 EDT

Many a stumped adult searching for the perfect gift to give a loved one this holiday season is finding help from the national Million Hearts initiative.

CDC Issues Recommendations on Use of New Treatment Option for Latent TB Infection

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 12:00:00 EDT

Health care providers in the United States have a new way to treat latent tuberculosis infection, according to recommendations released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Telebriefing on U.S. Influenza Activity and Vaccination Rates for Current Season

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a telephone-only media briefing Monday, December 5, to provide up-to-date figures on U.S. influenza activity and vaccination rates and to announce this season's National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW).

Elderly at risk of hospitalizations from key medications

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 12:00:00 EDT

Each year, there are nearly 100,000 emergency hospitalizations for adverse drug events in U.S. adults aged 65 years or older, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Teen birth rate hit record low in 2010

Thu, 17 Nov 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The birth rate for U.S. teens aged 15-19 years hit a record low in 2010, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC now tracking antibiotic use in hospitals

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching a new antibiotic tracking system allowing hospitals to monitor antibiotic use electronically, make better decisions about how to improve use, and compare themselves to other hospitals.

New study shows smokers underutilize proven treatment and services for quitting

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 12:00:00 EDT

Most American adults who smoke wish they could quit, and more than half have tried with the past year, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Telebriefing: Quitting Smoking Among Adults - United States, 2001-2010

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a media telebreifing to discuss the new MMWR report on adult smoking cessation.

New Million Hearts tools announced by partners

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The Million Hearts initiative has announced new partners and commitments, including tools to reach cardiology professionals and consumers to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

CDC Telebriefing on Vital Signs Report: Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers - United States, 1999-2008

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 12:30:00 EDT

DC will host a media telebreifing to discuss the new Vital Signs report on prescription opioid pain reliever overdoses.

Prescription painkiller overdoses at epidemic levels

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The death toll from overdoses of prescription painkillers has more than tripled in the past decade, according to an analysis in the CDC Vital Signs report released today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ACIP recommends all 11-12 year-old males get vaccinated against HPV

Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:30:00 EDT

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approved today recommendations for routine vaccination of males 11 or 12 years old with 3-doses of HPV4 to protect against Human Papalloma Virus.

CDC study shows suicidal thoughts and behavior vary among U.S. adults

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT

Every 15 minutes, someone in the United States dies by suicide. And for every person who dies, there are many more who think about, plan or attempt suicide, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

FDA-CDC Telebriefing on Root Cause of Multi-state Listeria Outbreak

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 15:00:00 EDT

A media briefing to discuss the results of the FDA-led root cause investigation of the multi-state listeria outbreak related to Jensen Farms cantaloupe.

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Meeting

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing on a new study looking at the economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption.

CDC reports excessive alcohol consumption cost the U.S. $224 billion in 2006

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The cost of excessive alcohol consumption in the United States in 2006 reached $223.5 billion or about $1.90 per drink, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC issues initial 2011-2012 seasonal "FluView" report

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the initial "FluView" report for the U.S. 2011-2012 flu season with the message that flu activity is currently low, making this the perfect time to get vaccinated. There should be lots of vaccine available, because the supply is projected to set a U.S. record.

CDC reports uneven declines in coronary heart disease by state and race/ethnicity

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The number of Americans who report they have coronary heart disease - which includes heart attack and angina (chest pain) - continues to decline but rates vary widely from state to state and by race and ethnicity, according to a new report published today in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC announces new effort to boost number of Baby-Friendly hospitals

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded nearly $6 million over three years to the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality to help hospitals nationwide make quality improvements to maternity care to better support mothers and babies to be able to breastfeed.

More teen males using condoms

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The percentage of teen males aged 15-19 years in the United States who used a condom the first time they had sex increased between 2002 and 2006-2010, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC finds 60 percent increase in youth athletes treated for TBIs

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT

Emergency department visits for sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, among children and adolescents increased by 60 percent during the last decade, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Telebriefing on Economic Costs of Excessive Alcohol Consumption in the U.S., 2006

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing on a new study looking at the economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption.

CDC Telebriefing on Vital Signs Report: Vital Signs: Alcohol-Impaired Driving Among Adults - United States, 2010

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media availability to discuss the new Vital Signs report on alcohol-impaired driving among adults.

CDC report shows about 112 million annual incidents of people drinking and driving

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:00:00 EDT

Adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010-that is almost 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving each day-according to a CDC Vital Signs study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Affordable Care Act helps improve the health of the American workforce, increase workplace health programs

Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today announced awards of approximately $9 million for comprehensive workplace health programs across the nation.

CDC takes new steps to combat childhood obesity

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today launched a new effort to address childhood obesity.

CDC and FDA media availability on multistate outbreak on Listeriosis

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 16:00:00 EDT

CDC and FDA will hold a media availability on the ongoing multistate outbreak of Listeriosis linked to whole cantaloupes from Jensen Farms, Colorado.

Insufficient sleep among high school students associated with a variety of health-risk behaviors

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 16:00:00 EDT

Almost 70 percent of high school students are not getting the recommended hours of sleep on school nights, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published online by Preventive Medicine.

CDC releases surveillance data on waterborne disease outbreaks

Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:00:00 EDT

Surveillance for Waterborne Disease Outbreaks and Other Health Events

Rotavirus vaccination leads to large decreases in health care costs and doctor visits

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 16:00:00 EDT

Vaccinating infants against rotavirus has resulted in dramatic decreases in health care use and treatment costs for diarrhea-related illness in U.S. infants and young children, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Are We Ready for America's Next Flu Challenge?

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:15:00 EDT

Just two years ago, an influenza pandemic swept the globe, causing hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths in the United States alone, including the deaths of an estimated 1,280 children.

New proposed guidelines for organ transplantation

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:30:00 EDT

Draft guidelines on organ transplants call for more thorough donor screening and more advanced organ testing to help protect patients from infections transmitted through transplants.

CDC report highlights progress in nation's public health preparedness

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:15:00 EDT

Public Health Preparedness: 2011 State-by-State Update on Laboratory Capabilities and Response Readiness Planning

Lung cancer rates decline nationwide

Thu, 15 Sep 2011 16:00:00 EDT

The rates of new lung cancer cases in the United States dropped among men in 35 states and among women in 6 states between 1999 and 2008, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC report details influenza prevention and treatment for children and teens

Thu, 15 Sep 2011 16:00:00 EDT

Although children and teenagers rarely die from flu-related causes, many of the deaths could have been prevented if the children had been vaccinated against the flu, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Smokers are smoking less

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:00:00 EDT

Fewer American adults are smoking cigarettes, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, daily smokers are smoking fewer cigarettes each day, it says.

U.S. blood supply vulnerable to parasitic infection spread by ticks

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:00:00 EDT

Babesia, a tickborne parasite of red blood cells, is being transmitted through blood transfusions, according to results of a collaborative study, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of data from the past three decades.

CDC national survey finds early childhood immunization rates increasing

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 16:00:00 EDT

Immunization rates for children 19-35 months of age for most vaccine-preventable diseases are increasing or being sustained at high levels, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New CDC Developed Diagnostic Lab Test for Flu Approved

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 16:00:00 EDT

A laboratory diagnostic kit to diagnose human infections with seasonal influenza viruses and novel influenza A viruses with pandemic potential has been authorized for use by Food and Drug Administration.

Report identifies need for increased monitoring of adult mental illness

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 12:15:00 EDT

The report, Mental Illness Surveillance Among Adults in the United States, appears as a supplement in today's issue of the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

CDC Lancet article discusses public health preparedness progress and challenges

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 12:15:00 EDT

The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is the focus of a special issue of the British medical journal Lancet. The issue features an article by Ali S. Khan, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.

Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults Aged 18 Years United States, 2005 through 2010

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 12:15:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media availability to discuss the new Vital Signs report on cigarette smoking among adults.

CDC report finds people live longer if they practice one or more healthy lifestyle behaviors

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:00:00 EDT

CDC report finds people live longer if they practice one or more healthy lifestyle behaviors

CDC Telebriefing on Influenza Vaccination

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 12:15:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing regarding this season's influenza vaccination recommendations and influenza vaccination coverage among health-care personnel and pregnant women.

HHS funds to bolster public health emergency preparedness nationwide

Mon, 15 Aug 2011 14:29:00 EDT

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $613 million to strengthen all-hazards emergency preparedness in the 50 states, four large metropolitan areas, and eight U.S. territories and Pacific island areas.

Task Force finds commercial liability an effective strategy to reduce alcohol related problems

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:29:00 EDT

Holding alcohol retailers liable for injuries or damage done by their intoxicated customers can reduce motor vehicle deaths, homicides, injuries, and other alcohol-related problems, according to the Community Preventive Services Task Force.

Majority of U.S. hospitals do not fully support breastfeeding

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 12:00:00 EDT

Breastfeeding protects against childhood obesity, yet less than 4 percent of U.S. hospitals provide the full range of support mothers need to be able to breastfeed, according to the most recent Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Improving rates of breastfeeding by providing better hospital support to mothers and babies is an important strategy to improve children's health, including a reduced risk of childhood obesity.

CDC Statement on World Hepatitis Day 2011

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:15:00 EDT

On this first World Health Organization (WHO)-sponsored World Hepatitis Day, July 28, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joins the world in reflecting on the remarkable successes and enormous challenges in the global effort to prevent and control viral hepatitis.

First World Trade Center Scientific and Medical Review Released

Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:30:00 EDT

The CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) today issued the First Periodic Review of Scientific and Medical Evidence Related to Cancer for the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program. This first periodic review provides a summary of the current scientific and medical findings in the peer-reviewed literature about exposures resulting from the Sept.11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City and cancer studies.

CDC Urges: Stay Cool to Stay Healthy As Temperatures Soar

Mon, 25 Jul 2011 12:15:00 EDT

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials are warning people to stay cool, hydrated and informed to prevent illnesses and injuries as cities across the Midwest, South and East Coast continue to issue heat warnings and watches. Extreme heat can lead to very high body temperatures, brain and organ damage, and even death.

Latest State Data Show Rates of Obesity Remain High

Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:45:00 EDT

Obesity has become a problem in every state, according to data analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No state reported that less than 20 percent of adults were obese in 2010, which means that no state met the national Healthy People 2010 goal to lower obesity prevalence to 15 percent within the past decade, CDC researchers say.

CDC Releases Infection Prevention Guide to Promote Safe Outpatient Care

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 08:30:00 EDT

Medical care in outpatient settings has surged in recent years, yet in many cases, adherence to standard infection prevention practices in outpatient settings is lacking. To protect patients and help educate clinicians about minimum expectations of safe care, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released a new, concise guide and checklist specifically for health care providers in outpatient care settings such as endoscopy clinics, surgery centers, primary care offices, and pain management clinics.

High Sodium, Low Potassium Diet Linked to Increased Risk of Death

Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:00:00 EDT

Americans who eat a diet high in sodium and low in potassium have a 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause, and about twice the risk of death from heart attacks, according to a study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study was conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University and Harvard University.

Statement by Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Regarding WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2011

Thu, 07 Jul 2011 16:15:00 EDT

Today's World Health Organization (WHO) Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2011 documents that in the past two years, more than 1 billion people around the world have been newly protected by tobacco control interventions, including mass media campaigns, graphic health warnings, and smoke-free policies. In addition, there has been significant progress toward protecting children and adults from tobacco in countries throughout the world.

Colorectal Cancer: Second Most Deadly Cancer Can Be Stopped Before It Starts

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The No. 2 cancer killer in the United States, colorectal cancer, could get bumped down from its ranking if more people get screened. The rate of adults developing and dying from colorectal cancer has decreased, according to a new Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Press Briefing on Vital Signs Report: Colorectal Cancer Screening, Incidence, and Mortality United States, 2002 through 2010

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 10:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the new Vital Signs report on colorectal screening, incidence and mortality.

National HIV Testing Day

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EDT

On this National HIV Testing Day, we have good news to report. In just three years, CDC's expanded HIV testing efforts facilitated almost 3 million HIV tests in hard-hit areas across the nation, helping nearly 20,000 Americans living with HIV learn their status for the first time.

CDC Identifies Top Global Public Health Achievements in First Decade of 21st Century

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EDT

Global public health advances during the first 10 years of the 21st century resulted in longer lives worldwide, increasing the average life expectancy at birth in low-income countries from 55 to 57 years, and in high-income countries from 78 to 80 years, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Three Year CDC Initiative Tests 2.8 Million Americans for HIV

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EDT

A three-year, $111 million program to expand access to HIV testing in 25 of the U.S. areas most affected by HIV has provided nearly 2.8 million HIV tests and diagnosed 18,432 individuals who were previously unaware of their HIV infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today.

High Number of Reported Measles Cases in the U.S. in 2011—Linked to Outbreaks Abroad

Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:30:00 EDT

The United States is experiencing a high number of reported measles cases in 2011, many of which were acquired during international travel. From January 1 through June 17 this year, 156 confirmed cases of measles were reported to CDC. This is the highest reported number since 1996. Most cases (136) were associated with importations from measles-endemic countries or countries where large outbreaks are occurring.

ATSDR Launches Health Survey of Marine Corps Personnel and Civilians

Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) begins this week a health survey regarding diseases that may be associated with chemical exposures related to water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Meeting

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 17:30:00 EDT

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) develops written recommendations for the routine administration of vaccines to children and adults in the civilian population; recommendations include age for vaccine administration number of doses and dosing interval, and precautions and contraindications.

No Progress in Salmonella During Past 15 Years

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EDT

Salmonella infections have not decreased during the past 15 years and have instead increased by 10 percent in recent years, according to a new Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Press Briefing on Vital Signs Report: Incidence and Trends of Infection with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly Through Food - Foodborne Disease Active Surveillance Network, 10 U.S. Sites, 1996-2010

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 08:15:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the new Vital Signs reports on food safety and the annual FoodNet data.

CDC Announces Healthy Swimming Video Contest

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 10:30:00 EDT

To help us educate swimmers, CDC's Healthy Swimming Program is asking the public to make short, creative videos that feature simple steps everyone can take to ensure a healthy and illness-free swimming experience.

CDC Report Finds Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Students At Greater Risk for Unhealthy, Unsafe Behaviors

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 10:30:00 EDT

Students who report being gay, lesbian or bisexual and students who report having sexual contact only with persons of the same sex or both sexes are more likely than heterosexual students and students who report having sexual contact only with the opposite sex to engage in unhealthy risk behaviors such as tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual risk behaviors, suicidal behaviors, and violence, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 10:30:00 EDT

Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art is a multi-media contemporary art exhibition that promotes awareness and fosters dialogue about violence against women and its effects on victims, families, and communities. The exhibit features 28 international artists, including Yoko Ono, Louise Bourgeois, Wangechi Mutu, Mona Hatoum and Hank Willis Thomas.

Notice to Health Care Providers — Shiga Toxin-producing E. coli O104 (STEC O104:H4) Infections in U.S. Travelers Returning from Germany

Fri, 03 Jun 2011 09:30:00 EDT

CDC is monitoring a large outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O104:H4 (STEC O104:H4) infections ongoing in Germany.

Commemorating 30 Years of HIV/AIDS

Thu, 02 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EDT

This week marks 30 years since the first report of a mysterious and deadly new syndrome that would come to be known as AIDS was published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). At the time, no one could have predicted the enormous toll the disease would take-claiming the lives of more than 500,000 Americans and many millions worldwide. Today we remember those we have lost, and honor them by recommitting ourselves to the fight against this deadly yet preventable disease.

CDC Statement on Outbreak of STEC O104:H4 infections in Germany

Wed, 01 Jun 2011 11:00:00 EDT

CDC is following a large outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O104, or STEC O104, infections currently going on in Germany. As of May 31, 2011, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany's disease control and prevention agency, has confirmed six deaths and 373 patients with hemolytic uremic syndrome, or (HUS) (kidney failure), a life-threatening complication of E. coli infections.

FDA Warns Not to Feed SimplyThick® to Premature Infants

Fri, 27 May 2011 12:30:00 EDT

NOTE TO READERS: This advisory is an FDA notice that is being distributed via CDC’s Health Alert Network. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that parents, caregivers, and health care providers should not feed the thickening product called SimplyThick to infants born before 37 weeks gestation because it may cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a life-threatening condition characterized by inflammation and death of intestinal tissue.

Report Finds Global Smokers Consider Quitting due to Graphic Health Warnings on Packages

Thu, 26 May 2011 15:30:00 EDT

Health warnings on cigarette packages prompt smokers to think about quitting, according to a 14-nation study. Effective warning labels as a component of comprehensive tobacco control can help save lives by reducing tobacco use, said a report released by CDC.

CDC Observes Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Fri, 20 May 2011 10:45:00 EDT

In recognition of Lyme Disease Awareness month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds Americans to learn about this common tickborne disease and take steps to protect themselves if they live in or visit areas with Lyme disease activity.

CDC Identifies 10 Public Health Achievements of First Decade of 21st Century

Thu, 19 May 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The major public health achievements of the first 10 years of the 21st century included improvements in vaccine preventable and infectious diseases, reductions in deaths from certain chronic diseases, declines in deaths and injuries from motor vehicle crashes, and more, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Swimmer's Ear Responsible for Nearly a Half Billion in Health Care Costs

Thu, 19 May 2011 12:00:00 EDT

Swimmer's ear leads to about 2.4 million doctor visits each year and is responsible for nearly $500 million dollars in annual health care costs, according to estimates released by CDC on Thuday. The report, published in CDC's MMWR, is the first national study to estimate healthcare costs associated with this common ailment.

Statement by CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., on Early End of HPTN 052 Study

Thu, 12 May 2011 13:00:00 EDT

CDC welcomes the report today from NIH that early HIV treatment can dramatically reduce the risk that an HIV-positive person will transmit the virus to their heterosexual partner. The study, known as HPTN 052, showed that early initiation of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) for HIV-positive people who were heterosexual led to a dramatic reduction in HIV transmission to the HIV-uninfected partner.

CDC Finds Annual Estimated Cost of U.S. Crash-Related Deaths is $41 Billion

Wed, 11 May 2011 11:45:00 EDT

Motor vehicle crash-related deaths in the United States resulted in an estimated $41 billion in medical and work loss costs in a year, according to state-based estimates released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Half of this cost ($20.4 billion) was in 10 states, the report says.

CDC Director to Participate in Media Briefing on Road Safety

Tue, 10 May 2011 17:45:00 EDT

Dr. Thomas Frieden will participate in the May 11 launch of the first-ever United Nations-sanctioned Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020). To coincide with the launch, CDC is releasing 50 state-specific fact sheets that detail the costs of motor vehicle crash deaths.

Updated CDC Travel Health Book Released

Mon, 09 May 2011 16:00:00 EDT

CDC's 2012 edition Yellow Book, the definitive health guide for international travel, will feature new sections on traveling to mass gatherings, preparing for study abroad, military deployments, and six new popular travel itineraries.

U.S. Asthma Rates Continue to Rise

Tue, 03 May 2011 12:00:00 EDT

People diagnosed with asthma in the United States grew by 4.3 million between 2001 and 2009, according to a new Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Press Briefing on Vital Signs Report: Asthma Prevalence, Disease Characteristics, and Self-Management Education - United States, 2001-2009

Tue, 03 May 2011 10:45:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the new Vital Signs reports on asthma prevalence.

Medical Costs for Youth with Diabetes More Than $9,000 a Year

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 16:30:00 EDT

Young people with diabetes face substantially higher medical costs than children and teens without the disease, according to a CDC study published in the May issue of the journal Diabetes Care. The study found annual medical expenses for youth with diabetes are $9,061, compared to $1,468 for youth without the disease.

CDC Report Highlights Lack of Healthy Food Environments for Children

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:15:00 EDT

States can do more to improve food access, regulations and policies to promote healthy eating and fight childhood obesity, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2011 Children's Food Environment State Indicator Report also notes that the communities, child care facilities and schools all have roles to play.

Assistant Surgeon General Trumpets NIIW as Opportunity to Ensure that All Babies and Young Children are Immunized On Time

Fri, 22 Apr 2011 15:15:00 EDT

As National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) 2011 kicks off Saturday (April 23), Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, is reminding all parents to make certain their children are up-to-date on their vaccinations.

Half of All States Have Smoke-Free Worksites, Restaurants and Bars

Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT

By 2020 or sooner, the entire nation could have laws banning smoking in all indoor areas of private sector worksites, restaurants and bars, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found. These places are major sources of secondhand smoke exposure.

CDC Supports National Initiative to Improve Patient Safety

Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:00:00 EDT

On Tuesday, April 12, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced an initiative, the Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs, aimed at protecting patients in America's health care facilities through the prevention of health care-acquired conditions. CDC is one of several federal agencies participating in the initiative.

CDC Study Finds Suicide Rates Rise and Fall with Economy

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The overall suicide rate rises and falls in connection with the economy, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released online today by the American Journal of Public Health.

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Fell to Record Low in 2009

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT

Teen birth rates have decreased by 37 percent in the last two decades, though U.S. rates are up to nine times higher than in other developed countries, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs report.

CDC Press Briefing on Vital Signs Report: Teen Pregnancy - United States, 1991-2009

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 10:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the new Vital Signs reports on teen pregnancy.

CDC and NIH Update Guidelines to Protect Patients from Bloodstream Infections

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 10:00:00 EDT

New guidelines outline steps to eliminate catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI), one of the most deadly and costly threats to patient safety. Released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), the guidelines were developed by a working group led by clinical scientists from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Critical Care Medicine Department (CCMD) along with 14 other professional organizations.

Report to Nation Finds Continued Declines in Many Cancer Rates

Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:00:00 EDT

Rates of death in the United States from all cancers for men and women continued to decline between 2003 and 2007, the most recent reporting period available, according to the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer. The report also finds that the overall rate of new cancer diagnoses for men and women combined decreased an average of slightly less than 1 percent per year for the same period.

Monitoring for Increased Levels of Radioactive Material in the US as a Result of the Incident with the Fukushima Nuclear Incident in Japan

Sun, 27 Mar 2011 00:20:00 EDT

As a result of the incident with the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, highly sensitive radiation monitors operated by EPA and others are detecting very low levels of radioactive material in the air in the United States. These levels were expected and consistent with estimated releases from the damaged nuclear reactors and are far below levels of public health concern.

Additional $34.2 Million for Public Health Improvement Programs through Affordable Care Act

Fri, 25 Mar 2011 11:15:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased its investment in improving public health services by announcing today more than $34 million in additional Affordable Care Act funding through the National Public Health Improvement Initiative.

New Accreditation Opportunity for State, Local, Tribal Health Departments

Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:15:00 EDT

Public health departments can now strive for national accreditation more typical of universities and hospital systems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is supporting a national voluntary accreditation program for public health agencies.

US Death Rate Falls for 10th Straight Year

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:30:00 EDT

The age-adjusted death rate for the U.S. population fell to an all-time low of 741 deaths per 100,000 people in 2009 - 2.3 percent lower than the 2008 rate, according to preliminary 2009 death statistics released today by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. This marks the 10th year in a row that U.S. deaths rates have declined.

$10 Million Awarded to Help Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:30:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding $10 million for new research to five academic medical centers as part of its Prevention Epicenter grant program, which supports efforts to develop and test innovative approaches to reducing infections in health care settings.

Older Adults Not Getting Recommended Preventive Services

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:30:00 EDT

Critical gaps exist between older Americans who receive potentially lifesaving preventive services and those who do not, according to a new report from agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

US Cancer Survivors Grows to Nearly 12 Million

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The number of cancer survivors in the United States increased to 11.7 million in 2007, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. There were 3 million cancer survivors in 1971 and 9.8 million in 2001.

Opioid Pain Killers Linked to Increased Risk of Some Birth Defects

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 09:00:00 EDT

Babies born to women who take opioid pain killers such as codeine, oxycodone or hydrocodone just before or in early pregnancy are at increased but modest risk of birth defects, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Infections in ICUs Plummeting, Too Many Remain in Hospitals and Dialysis Clinics

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EDT

The number of bloodstream infections in intensive care unit patients with central lines decreased by 58 percent in 2009 compared to 2001, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. During these nine years, the decrease represented up to 27,000 lives saved and $1.8 billion in excess health care costs.

CDC Press Briefing on Vital Signs Report: Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 08:45:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the new Vital Signs reports on central line-associated blood stream infections in intensive care units, hospitals and dialysis centers.

Smoking Early in Pregnancy Raises Risk of Heart Defects in Infants

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 11:00:00 EDT

Maternal cigarette smoking in the first trimester was associated with a 20 to 70 percent greater likelihood that a baby would be born with certain types of congenital heart defects, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ignition Interlocks Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving

Tue, 22 Feb 2011 10:15:00 EDT

Ignition interlocks help prevent drivers who were previously arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) from being re-arrested, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Media Availability About Dengue Research Conference

Thu, 17 Feb 2011 09:30:00 EDT

CDC, NIH and PAHO will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the latest developments in dengue virus research and the epidemiology of the disease in the Americas.

Best Practices for Health Care Professionals on the Use of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for Diagnosing Pertussis

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 23:45:00 EDT

With the continuing resurgence of pertussis, health care professionals will likely see more patients with suspected pertussis. Proper testing criteria, timing of testing, specimen collection techniques, protocols for avoiding specimen contamination, and appropriate interpretation of test results are all necessary to ensure that Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) reliably informs patient diagnosis.

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Meeting

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 11:30:00 EDT

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) develops written recommendations for the routine administration of vaccines to children and adults in the civilian population; recommendations include age for vaccine administration number of doses and dosing interval, and precautions and contraindications.

Latest Report on Nation's Health Released

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 11:30:00 EDT

'Health, United States, 2010,' the 34th annual report prepared by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics is now available at www.cdc.gov/nchs. The report includes a compilation of health data from state and federal health agencies as well as an in-depth feature section on death and dying.

Highest Rates of Leisure-Time Physical Inactivity in Appalachia and South

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:00:00 EDT

Americans who live in parts of Appalachia and the South are the least likely to be physically active in their leisure time, according to estimates released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In many counties in those regions, more than 29 percent of adults reported getting no physical activity or exercise other than at their regular job.

Most Americans with High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol at Unnecessary Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EDT

Two out of three U.S. adults with high cholesterol and half of U.S. adults with high blood pressure are not being treated effectively, according to the latest Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Press Briefing on Vital Signs Report: Prevalence, Treatment, and Control of High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 06:30:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss two new Vital Signs reports on the prevalence of high blood pressure and high cholesterol among U.S. adults.

Number of Americans with Diabetes Rises to Nearly 26 Million

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:30:00 EDT

Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, an estimated 79 million U.S. adults have prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes raises a person's risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

CDC Guidance on the Use of Influenza Antiviral Agents and Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests During the 2010-2011 Influenza Season

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 16:11:00 EDT

As influenza activity increases in the United States, clinicians are urged to consult CDC guidance on the use of influenza antiviral agents and rapid influenza diagnostic tests this season. Updated recommendations on the use of antiviral medications will be published in an upcoming Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), but an interim version of the recommendations is currently available on CDC's website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/antivirals/index.htm.

CDC Report Documents Important Health Disparities, Need for Better Data

Thu, 13 Jan 2011 15:15:00 EDT

Americans' differences in income, race/ethnicity, gender and other social attributes make a difference in how likely they are to be healthy, sick, or die prematurely, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HHS and EPA Announce New Scientific Assessments and Actions on Fluoride

Fri, 07 Jan 2011 11:15:00 EDT

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today are announcing important steps to ensure that standards and guidelines on fluoride in drinking water continue to protect the American people while promoting good dental health, especially in children.

CDC Study Finds Seat Belt Use Up to 85 Percent Nationally

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 12:00:00 EDT

Almost 6 out of 7 U.S. drivers surveyed report that they always wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle, according to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Press Briefing on Vital Signs Report: Nonfatal, Motor Vehicle-Occupant Injuries (2009) and Seat Belt Use (2008) Among Adults - United States

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 09:45:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the new Vital Signs report on nonfatal motor vehicle-occupant injuries and seat belt use among U.S. adults.

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Hits Record Low in 2009, CDC Report Finds

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 11:30:00 EDT

The birth rate for U.S. teens aged 15-19 years fell to a record low, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2009 birth rate of 39.1 births per 1,000 teens is down 6 percent from the 2008 rate of 42.5 births per 1,000. This is the lowest ever recorded in seven decades of tracking teenage childbearing.

CDC Recommends Precautions during Holiday Travel to Haiti

Mon, 20 Dec 2010 14:30:00 EDT

If you plan to travel to Haiti or the Dominican Republic for the holidays, the CDC urges you to protect yourself from cholera. Cholera has been spreading in Haiti and, to a limited degree, the Dominican Republic since October and November respectively.

CDC Reports 1 in 6 Get Sick from Foodborne Illnesses Each Year

Wed, 15 Dec 2010 11:30:00 EDT

About 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Media Telebriefing on the Burden of Foodborne Disease

Wed, 15 Dec 2010 10:15:00 EDT

Release of two reports, Foodborne Illness Acquired in the United States-Major Pathogens and Foodborne Illness Acquired in the United States-Unspecified Agents, which are being published in an upcoming edition of CDC's Emerging Infectious Disease Journal.

New Articles Highlight the Science Behind Government's Response to 2009 H1N1 Pandemic

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EDT

A series of studies published today in a supplement to the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID) provide a unique look at the science that guided the Federal Government's response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

National Influenza Vaccination Week to Focus on Young Adults

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 10:15:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated December 10 of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) to focus on young adults ages 19-24. To engage young adults, this year's NIVW activities include outreach through various forms of social media.

Stroke Drops to Fourth Leading Cause of Death in 2008

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 13:00:00 EDT

Stroke is now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, down from the third place ranking it has held for decades, according to preliminary 2008 death statistics released today by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. While deaths from stroke and several other chronic diseases are down, deaths due to chronic lower respiratory disease increased in 2008.

CDC Urges Older Adults 65 Years and Older to Get Vaccinated During National Influenza Vaccination Week

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 10:45:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated Thuday, December 9 of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) as Older Adults Vaccination Day to urge people 65 years and older to get vaccinated.

CDC Designates Employee Health Day to Urge American Workforce to Get Flu Vaccine

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 18:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated Wednesday, December 8, of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) to reinforce to businesses and their employees that flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.

U.S. Surgeon General to Release New Report How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 11:45:00 EDT

Surgeon General Regina Benjamin will host a press conference to release her first report on tobacco, A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease - The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease.

CDC Urges People with Chronic Medical Conditions to Get Flu Vaccine

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated Tuesday, December 7th, of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) to spotlight the risks flu poses for individuals with certain chronic medical conditions and encourage flu vaccination.

Pregnant Women, Children and Caregivers Urged to Get Flu Vaccine

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 18:00:00 EDT

As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated Monday, December 6, as Family Vaccination Day to highlight the importance of vaccination for the entire family.

CDC Announces National Influenza Vaccination Week - December 5-11

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 14:45:00 EDT

On Sunday, December 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching its fifth annual National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). This week is an opportunity to highlight the importance and safety of flu vaccination, and to encourage individuals and families to get their flu vaccine during and after the holiday season.

National Influenza Vaccination Week to be held December 5-11, 2010

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 11:15:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has set aside the week of December 5-11, 2010 to observe this season's National Influenza Vaccination Week. The week-long emphasis on flu vaccination was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond.

Telebriefing Set for Updates on U.S. Influenza Activity and Flu Vaccination Rates for Current Season

Thu, 02 Dec 2010 14:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a telephone-only media briefing Friday, December 3, to provide up to date figures on U.S. influenza activity and vaccination rates and to announce this season's National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Media Statement - World AIDS Day 2010: Time for Optimism and Action

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 16:30:00 EDT

This past year marked critical milestones in HIV prevention - including long-awaited research advances, record-high HIV testing rates in the United States and a bold new national HIV/AIDS strategy to reduce the burden of the disease.

11 Million More Adults Tested for HIV for the First Time in 2006-2009

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:30:00 EDT

The number of adults tested for HIV reached a record high in 2009, according to an analysis of national survey data released today in a CDC Vital Signs report. Last year 82.9 million adults between 18 and 64 reported having been tested for HIV.

CDC Press Briefing on Vital Signs Report: HIV Testing and Diagnosis Among Adults - United States, 2001-2009

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:30:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the new Vital Signs report on HIV testing and diagnosis among adults.

CDC Names Dr. Linda C. Degutis New Injury Center Director

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 12:15:00 EDT

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, is pleased to announce that Dr. Linda C. Degutis, Dr.P.H, M.S.N., is now serving as director of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center).

1 in 4 of the Largest U.S. Airports Still Allows Smoking Indoors

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EDT

As the nation approaches Thanksgiving, the busiest travel season of the year, a new CDC report shows that 22 percent of U.S. passenger boardings take place at seven of the largest airports that still allow smoking indoors, putting air travelers and workers at risk of being exposed to secondhand smoke.

CDC Spotlights Global Efforts to Address Antibiotic Resistance

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 12:15:00 EDT

Antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most pressing public health threats. To bring attention to this increasing problem, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government partners will observe its third annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week on November 15-21, 2010.

Statement by Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Office on Smoking and Health, CDC - Half of States are Protected from Secondhand Smoke: South Dakota Goes Smoke-Free in all Workplaces, Restaurants, and Bars

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:00:00 EDT

Today marks the half-way point in a remarkable journey for smoke-free air. At the start of the decade, there were no states in the U.S. with comprehensive smoke-free laws in workplaces, restaurants, and bars, and less than one percent of Americans were protected under such laws. Today, as South Dakota's smoke-free law goes into effect, 25 states and the District of Columbia-covering nearly 50 percent of Americans-prohibit smoking in workplaces, restaurants and bars.

Statement Regarding First Release of Global Adult Tobacco Survey Result by the Russian Federation

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 18:00:00 EDT

On November 9, the Russian Federation released its first Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) results. Many countries conduct surveys to monitor adult tobacco use, but until recently, no single standard global survey for adults has consistently tracked tobacco use, exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, and tobacco control measures.

CDC Releases Two Reports on Excessive Alcohol Use and Related Harms

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 17:45:00 EDT

CDC's Guide to Community Preventive Services has released two reports on "Maintaining Limits on Days and Hours of Sale of Alcoholic Beverages to Prevent Excessive Alcohol Consumption and Related Harms".

Media Advisory - CDC Press Briefing on Vital Signs Report: Access to Health Care

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 11:15:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the new Vital Signs report on access to health care.

CDC Releases Data on Smokeless Tobacco Use Among Smokers

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 12:30:00 EDT

Many smokers also use smokeless tobacco, according to new data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that covers use of smokeless tobacco in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Laboratory Test Results of Cholera Outbreak Strain in Haiti Announced

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 13:45:00 EDT

The Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population has received the results of laboratory testing showing that the cholera strain linked to the current outbreak in Haiti is most similar to cholera strains found in South Asia.

Outbreak of Cholera in Haiti: Family and Friends Traveling to Haiti Should Take Precautions While Celebrating All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day This Year

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 17:00:00 EDT

As many Haitian-Americans go to Haiti to visit family and friends to celebrate All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds travelers to take precautions to protect themselves from cholera, which has been spreading in Haiti since October 21.

Media Advisory: Fifth Annual Meeting of the International Association of National Public Institutes (IANPHI)

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 14:00:00 EDT

Top public health leaders from almost 50 countries will gather at the fifth annual meeting of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI). The meeting is jointly hosted in the United States for the first time by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and IANPHI, which is based in the Emory University Global Health Institute.

Statement Regarding First Release of Global Adult Tobacco Survey Result by Vietnam

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:45:00 EDT

On October 27, Vietnam released its first Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) results. Many countries conduct surveys to monitor adult tobacco use, but until recently, no single standard global survey for adults has consistently tracked tobacco use, exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, and tobacco control measures.

Number of Americans with Diabetes Projected to Double or Triple by 2050

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 09:45:00 EDT

As many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue, according to a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Number of Teen Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes Drops, CDC Study Finds

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT

The number of fatal crashes involving 16- and 17-year old drivers dropped by more than a third between 2004 and 2008, but this doesn't mean that parents and teens should be satisfied with the progress, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ATSDR Launches National ALS Registry

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:45:00 EDT

In a groundbreaking step to learn more about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has launched the National ALS Registry.

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Meeting

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 11:00:00 EDT

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) develops written recommendations for the routine administration of vaccines to children and adults in the civilian population; recommendations include age for vaccine administration number of doses and dosing interval, and precautions and contraindications.

Statement Regarding Release of Global Adult Tobacco Survey Results by India

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:45:00 EDT

On October 19, India released its Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) results. Many countries conduct surveys to monitor adult tobacco use, but until recently, no single standard global survey for adults has consistently tracked tobacco use, exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, and tobacco control measures.

CDC Announces Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women

Fri, 15 Oct 2010 10:45:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today it had invited 15 individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, a federal advisory committee established by the Affordable Care Act, subject to prescribed appointment procedures.

Media Statement: National Latino AIDS Awareness Day - October 15, 2010

Thu, 14 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT

The eighth annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day comes at a time of renewed national commitment and optimism regarding HIV prevention, due to President Obama's recently-announced National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which focuses our nation's efforts in the fight against HIV.

First Report on Hispanic Life Expectancy Released by CDC

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 11:45:00 EDT

CDC's National Center for Health Statistics has issued "United States Life Tables by Hispanic Origin," which provides life tables by Hispanic origin based on 2006 death rate data.

CDC Awards $5.25 Million for State and Local Climate Change Programs

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 11:30:00 EDT

Eight states and two cities will receive a total of $5.25 million for climate change prevention initiatives, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today.

1 in 4 High School Students and Young Adults Report Binge Drinking

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT

More than 1 in 4 high school students and adults ages 18 to 34 engaged in a dangerous behavior known as binge drinking during the past month, according to the findings from a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Press Conference on Vital Signs Report: Binge Drinking Among High School Students and Adults

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 09:45:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the new Vital Signs report on binge drinking among high school students and adults.

CDC Awards $1.9 Million for State and Local Sodium Reduction Initiatives

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 10:45:00 EDT

Five states and communities across the country will receive a total of $1.9 million for sodium (salt) reduction efforts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today. The awards will support policy strategies to create healthier food environments and help reduce sodium intake in the population for a three-year funding period.

Media Advisory: National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) to Reveal New Research on Influenza Vaccination Behaviors

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 15:00:00 EDT

CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden to join leading medical/public health groups at NFID News Conference to share developments about the influenza season.

Statement Regarding First Release of Global Adult Tobacco Survey Result by Ukraine

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 16:30:00 EDT

On September 27, 2010, Ukraine released its Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) results. Many countries conduct surveys to monitor adult tobacco use, but until recently, no one standard global survey for adults has consistently tracked tobacco use, exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, and tobacco control measures.

HHS Announces $30 Million in New Resources to Support the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Sat, 25 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that CDC has allocated $30 million of the Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health Fund to expand HIV prevention efforts under the President's National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).

HHS Awards Nearly $100 Million in Grants for Public Health and Prevention Priorities

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:30:00 EDT

The Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health Fund grants will support state and community efforts to fight obesity, increase HIV testing, promote tobacco quit lines, expand mental health and substance abuse programs and track, monitor and respond to disease outbreaks.

Statement Regarding First Release of Global Adult Tobacco Survey Result by Poland

Thu, 23 Sep 2010 16:00:00 EDT

On September 23, 2010, Poland released its Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) results. Many countries conduct surveys to monitor adult tobacco use, but until recently, no one standard global survey for adults has consistently tracked tobacco use, exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, and tobacco control measures.

1 in 5 Men Who Have Sex With Men in 21 U.S. Cities Has HIV; Nearly Half Unaware

Thu, 23 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT

Approximately one in five (19 percent) men who have sex with men (MSM) in a study of 21 major U.S. cities is infected with HIV, and nearly half (44 percent) of those men are unaware of their infection, according to a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Data Show Gains in Public Health Preparedness

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 12:45:00 EDT

State and local health departments have made significant progress toward improving public health emergency preparedness and response capabilities, says a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

Sebelius Announces $42.5 Million for Public Health Improvement Programs through the Affordable Care Act

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 16:00:00 EDT

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded funding for 94 projects totaling $42.5 million to state, tribal, local and territorial health departments to improve their ability to provide public health services.

CDC Survey Finds Childhood Immunization Rates Remain High

Thu, 16 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT

Immunization of children aged 19-35 months old against most vaccine-preventable diseases remains high in the United States, with coverage for most of the routine vaccines remaining at or over 90 percent, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Less than 1 percent of young children got no vaccinations, the CDC report said.

CDC Awards $13 Million for Preparedness and Response Learning Centers

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 10:30:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $13 million to 14 accredited schools of public health to establish Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) to enhance public health training and workforce.

Three out of Four New Moms Initiate Breastfeeding

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:30:00 EDT

Seventy-five percent of babies born in the United States in 2007-over 3 million'started life breastfeeding, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2010 Breastfeeding Report Card.

Decline in US Adult Smoking Rate Stalled

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 13:30:00 EDT

Despite the known dangers of tobacco use, 1 in 5 American adults continues to smoke cigarettes, and 4 in 10 nonsmokers were exposed to cigarette smoke during 2007-2008, according to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Press Conference on Vital Signs Report: Adult Smoking Prevalence and Secondhand Smoke

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 09:30:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to discuss the new Vital Signs report on adult smoking prevalence and secondhand smoke.

CDC Study Finds Annual Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes Exceeds $99 Billion

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT

In a one-year period, the cost of medical care and productivity losses associated with injuries from motor vehicle crashes exceeded $99 billion - with the cost of direct medical care accounting for $17 billion, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HHS/CDC Provides Additional Funding for All-Hazards State and Local Public Health Preparedness and Response

Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:45:00 EDT

Public health agencies will receive a total of $698.2 million in the current fiscal year to help them strengthen their ability to respond to terrorism or natural disasters.

Study Examines Heat Related Illness in High School Athletes

Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT

High school athletes are sidelined more than 9,000 days a year because of heat-related illnesses, according to a new CDC analysis.

Teen Vaccination Rates Increasing Across the US

Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT

CDC survey provides estimates of coverage for adolescent vaccination at the national, state and selected local area levels.

Statement Regarding First Release of Global Adult Tobacco Survey Result by China

Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:45:00 EDT

On August 17, 2010, China released its Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) results. Many countries conduct surveys to monitor adult tobacco use, but until recently, no one standard global survey for adults has consistently tracked tobacco use, exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, and tobacco control measures.

CDC Report looks at Foods and Foodborne agents associated with Outbreaks in the United States

Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT

A total of 1,097 foodborne disease outbreaks were reported in 2007 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a CDC analysis. State investigators reported 21,244 illnesses and 18 deaths as a result of these outbreaks.

WHO Declares End to 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT

On August 10, 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee and the WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, declared an end to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

ACIP Recommendation for Use of CSL Influenza Vaccine

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 11:30:00 EDT

On Thuday, August 5, 2010, CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met to discuss recommendations for use in the United States of seasonal influenza trivalent inactivated vaccine (TIV) [Afluria] manufactured by CSL Limited during 2010-11.

New CDC Report Describes Multi-Product Tobacco Users

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT

Men and young adults among those most likely to smoke cigarettes and use other forms of tobacco.

More U.S. Adults Report Being Obese

Tue, 03 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT

The number of states with an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more has tripled in two years to nine states in 2009, according to a CDC Vital Signs report.

CDC Media Advisory on Vital Signs Report: State-Specific Obesity Prevalence for U.S. Adults

Tue, 03 Aug 2010 10:30:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only media briefing to discuss the new Vital Signs report on state-specific obesity prevalence among adults.

Statement Regarding Release of Global Adult Tobacco Survey Results by Turkey

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 17:00:00 EDT

On July 19, 2010, Turkey released its Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) results. Many countries conduct surveys to monitor adult tobacco use, but until recently, no one standard global survey for adults has consistently tracked tobacco use, exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, and tobacco control measures.

Bad Cholesterol Common, But Screening Rates Low Among Young Adults

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 17:00:00 EDT

Less than half of young adults don't get cholesterol screening even though up to a quarter of them have elevated cholesterol, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Waterborne Diseases Could Cost over $500 Million Annually in U.S.

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 15:00:00 EDT

Hospitalizations for three common waterborne diseases cost the health care system as much as $539 million annually, according to research presented today at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Report Suggests Nearly 5 Percent Exposed to Dengue Virus in Key West

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 18:00:00 EDT

An estimated 5 percent of the Key West, Fla., population-over 1,000 people'showed evidence of recent exposure to dengue virus in 2009, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health.

Salsa and Guacamole Increasingly Important Causes of Foodborne Disease

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 12:00:00 EDT

Nearly 1 out of every 25 restaurant-associated foodborne outbreaks with identified food sources between 1998 and 2008 can be traced back to contaminated salsa or guacamole, more than double the rate during the previous decade.

CDC Hosts the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases

Wed, 07 Jul 2010 14:00:00 EDT

The meeting brings together approximately 2,400 international scientists and public health professionals to foster an exchange of innovative research and ideas of public health importance pertaining to emerging infectious disease topics.

Although Most People Getting Screened for Two of the Nation's Deadliest Cancers, Thousands of People Died Last Year Because They Weren't Screened for Colon or Breast Cancer

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 12:00:00 EDT

New data released Tuesday in the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monthly report, CDC Vital Signs.

CDC Survey Finds Nine in 10 U.S. Adults Consume Too Much Sodium

Thu, 24 Jun 2010 10:00:00 EDT

Less than 10 percent of U.S. adults limit their daily sodium intake to recommended levels, according to a new report, "Sodium Intake in Adults - United States, 2005-2006," published today in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Statement by CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., on the First Anniversary of the Tobacco Control Act

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 10:00:00 EDT

Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of death, killing 443,000 Americans every year and costing $193 billion in annual direct medical costs and lost productivity.

New CDC Test to Detect Human Infections with the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus Authorized for Use by FDA

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 10:00:00 EDT

A test developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to diagnose human infections with the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus (formerly known as swine flu or pandemic H1N1 flu) was authorized for use today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Meeting

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:00:00 EDT

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) develops written recommendations for the routine administration of vaccines to children and adults in the civilian population; recommendations include age for vaccine administration number of doses and dosing interval, and precautions and contraindications.

National HIV Testing Day - Jun 27, 2010

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:00:00 EDT

More than 200,000 people in the United States are living with a potentially deadly virus - HIV - and don't know it. On this National HIV Testing Day, I urge all Americans to get tested for HIV and to encourage friends and family to do the same.

U.S. Government Support for Global Health Efforts

Fri, 18 Jun 2010 10:00:00 EDT

The U.S. government continues to lay the groundwork for efforts under the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI), announcing the first round of "GHI Plus" countries, as well as the program's governance structure.

Study Shows 111 Percent Increase in Emergency Department Visits Involving Nonmedical Use of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers in Five-Year Period

Thu, 17 Jun 2010 10:00:00 EDT

From 2004 to 2008 the estimated number of emergency department visits linked to the nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers rose from 144,644 visits to 305,885 visits a year.

CDC Statement Regarding the Misuse of Prescription Drugs

Thu, 03 Jun 2010 10:00:00 EDT

Today, CDC announced that the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) (www.cdc.gov/yrbss) found that 1 in 5 high school students in the United States have ever taken a prescription drug, such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax, without a doctor's prescription.

CDC Survey Finds that 1 in 5 U.S. High School Students Have Abused Prescription Drugs

Thu, 03 Jun 2010 10:00:00 EDT

One in 5 U.S. high school students say they have ever taken a prescription drug without a doctor's prescription, according to the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Report Looks at Trends in Teen Sexual Behavior; Attitudes Toward Pregnancy

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 10:00:00 EDT

About 4 in 10 never-married U.S. teenagers aged 15-19 have had sexual intercourse at least once in their lifetime, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Finds Higher Levels of Cancer Causing Chemicals from U.S. Brand Cigarettes

Tue, 01 Jun 2010 10:00:00 EDT

People who smoke certain U.S. cigarette brands are exposed to higher levels of cancer-causing tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs), the major carcinogens and cancer-causing agents in tobacco products, than people who smoke some foreign cigarette brands.

CDC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Mark Opening of New Laboratory Facility

Fri, 28 May 2010 10:00:00 EDT

CDC will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new laboratory facility, Building 23.

CDC Media Telebriefing on State Healthcare-Associated Infection Data

Thu, 27 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT

Release of "First State-Specific Healthcare-Associated Infections Summary Data Report," to be announced in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

CDC: Global Tobacco Marketing is Reaching Young Women

Thu, 27 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT

Although women account for only about 20 percent of the world's 1.3 billion smokers, tobacco use among women is on the rise.

Pool Inspection Data Show Need for Improvement CDC Urges People to Take an Active Role in Promoting Healthy Swimming

Thu, 20 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT

About 1 out of 8 public pool inspections conducted in 13 states in 2008 resulted in pools being closed immediately due to serious code violations, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More Americans Got Seasonal Flu Vaccination in 2009-10 than in Previous Years

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 11:30:00 EDT

More Americans were vaccinated against seasonal flu during the 2009-10 season (40 percent of eligible population) than during the previous flu season (33 percent of eligible population), according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Report Shows Success in Fighting E. coli O157:H7

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 11:30:00 EDT

The rate of a severe form of Escherichia coli diarrhea significantly decreased in 2009, reaching the lowest level since 2004, according to a report released Thuday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New CDC Study Finds Colorectal Cancer Screening Practices Need Improvement

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 11:30:00 EDT

More than 75 percent of primary care physicians in the United States who order or perform the fecal occult blood test (FOBT) as a screening option for colorectal cancer perform an in-office test rather than relying on the home-based test, even though the home-based test is more accurate, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.

Arthritis Impacts African-Americans and Hispanics More than Whites

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 11:30:00 EDT

Arthritis causes more pain and limitations for African-Americans and Hispanics than for whites, according to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Media Telebriefing on 2008 Preliminary FoodNet Data

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 10:30:00 EDT

The new report highlights foodborne illness disease trends and growing foodborne illness challenges. Foodborne illnesses are a substantial health burden in the United States.

Teen Birth Rates Drop in 2008 Following a Two-Year Increase

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 11:30:00 EDT

The teen birth rate in the United States fell 2 percent between 2007 and 2008, after rising the previous two years, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

CDC 2009 H1N1 Flu Vaccination Update

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 01:45:00 EDT

CDC will host a telebriefing to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu vaccination.

CDC 2009 H1N1 Flu Update

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 01:45:00 EDT

CDC will host a phone-only telebriefing to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu.

CDC Releases Study on Children With Sickle Cell Disease

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 12:30:00 EDT

The first national estimate on the health status of children with sickle cell disease revealed that black children with sickle cell disease are more likely to have intellectual disabilities, hearing deficits, and frequent severe headaches or migraines than black children without sickle cell disease.

2010 Jeffrey P. Koplan Global Leadership in Public Health Lecture - "Public Health in an Interdependent World: Cash, Commodities, Capacities, and Conspiracies" - Margaret Chan, MD, MPH

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 12:30:00 EDT

The Jeffrey P. Koplan Lecture on Global Leadership in Public Health was established in 2002 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Lecture series honors Dr. Koplan's lifelong commitment to the development of public health leaders around the world.

Tracking the Impact of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 12:30:00 EDT

An estimated 1.7 million deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits related to traumatic brain injury (TBI) occur in the United States each year, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC to Co-Host Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 12:30:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) are bringing together multidisciplinary experts from around the world for the Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections.

CDC Releases First Ever County Level Report on Heart Disease Hospitalizations

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 13:00:00 EDT

Heart disease hospitalization rates among Americans aged 65 years and older.

CDC to Monitor Reactions and Errors Associated with Blood Transfusions

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 13:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched the first national surveillance system to monitor adverse events in patients who receive blood transfusions.

Weekly CDC 2009 H1N1 Flu Update

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 13:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Latest Report on Nation's Health Shows Growing Medical Technology Use

Wed, 17 Feb 2010 13:00:00 EDT

The use of medical technology in the United States increased dramatically between 1996 and 2006.

CDC Director Announces Members of Executive Leadership Team

Fri, 12 Feb 2010 13:00:00 EDT

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., announced today seven new members of his leadership team.

CDC Study Finds One in Five American Youths Have Abnormal Lipid Levels

Thu, 21 Jan 2010 13:00:00 EDT

Twenty percent of young people aged 12-19 years in the United States have at least one abnormal lipid level, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Abnormal lipid levels are major risk factors for heart disease, the leading cause of death among adults in the United States.

NEWS BRIEFING: U.S. GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO HAITI EARTHQUAKE

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 09:00:00 EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - The U. S. government will hold two media briefings on Monday, January 18, 2010, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

CDC awards $2.7 million for two new Preparedness Research Centers

Thu, 07 Jan 2010 13:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $2.7 million to establish two new Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers (PERRCs).

Weekly CDC 2010 H1N1 Flu Update

Thu, 07 Jan 2010 13:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2010 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution..

Weekly CDC 2009 H1N1 Flu Update

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 13:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution..

Weekly CDC 2009 H1N1 Flu Update

Thu, 10 Dec 2009 17:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 vaccine distribution. Updated estimates of 2009 H1N1 flu disease (i.e. cases, hospitalizations, and deaths) are also expected to be released.

Weekly CDC 2009 H1N1 Flu Update

Fri, 04 Dec 2009 17:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Weekly CDC 2009 H1N1 Flu Update

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 17:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Weekly CDC 2009 H1N1 Flu Update

Wed, 25 Nov 2009 17:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Weekly CDC 2009 H1N1 Flu Update

Fri, 20 Nov 2009 01:30:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Highest Rates of Obesity, Diabetes in the South, Appalachia, and Some Tribal Lands

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EDT

Wide sections of the Southeast, Appalachia, and some tribal lands in the West and Northern Plains have the nation's highest rates of obesity and diabetes, according to estimates released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Kicks Off National Travelers' Health Public Awareness Campaign

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EDT

To help travelers avoid the flu this holiday season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today launched its largest ever public awareness campaign about staying healthy while traveling.

New Report Finds Only 25 Percent of Adults Aged 50-64 Get Recommended Preventive Screenings

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EDT

Only about 1 in 4 Americans aged 50 to 64 regularly take advantage of preventive services such as screenings and immunizations, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with AARP and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Highest Rates of Obesity, Diabetes in the South, Appalachia, and Some Tribal Lands

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EDT

Wide sections of the Southeast, Appalachia, and some tribal lands in the West and Northern Plains have the nation's highest rates of obesity and diabetes, according to estimates released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC, AARP and AMA to Announce New Resource to Help Achieve Broader Coverage of Preventive Services for U.S. Adults Age 50 to 64

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with AARP, the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), will host a press conference to announce a new report titled, "Promoting Preventive Services for Adults 50-64: Community and Clinical Partnerships," at GSA's 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting.

U.S. Adult Smoking Rates Remain Stalled

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EDT

Despite progress in some areas, smoking rates among U.S. adults remained stalled in 2008, halting the nation's progress in ending the tobacco epidemic, according to a CDC study.

Weekly CDC 2009 H1N1 Flu Update

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 01:30:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Weekly CDC 2009 H1N1 Flu Update

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 02:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Weekly CDC 2009 H1N1 Flu Update

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 02:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Weekly CDC 2009 H1N1 Flu Update

Fri, 30 Oct 2009 02:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

2009 H1N1 Flu Vaccine Distribution and Antiviral Update

Thu, 29 Oct 2009 02:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Weekly 2009 H1N1 Flu Media Briefing

Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Weekly 2009 H1N1 Flu Media Briefing

Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Weekly 2009 H1N1 Flu Media Briefing

Tue, 20 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Weekly 2009 H1N1 Flu Media Briefing

Thu, 15 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Weekly 2009 H1N1 Flu Media Briefing

Tue, 13 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Weekly 2009 H1N1 Flu Media Briefing

Fri, 09 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Fewer U.S. Schools Selling Less Nutritious Food and Beverages

Mon, 05 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT

Fewer secondary schools in the United States are selling less nutritious foods and beverages, such as candy and soda, according to a survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Weekly 2009 H1N1 Flu Media Briefing

Mon, 05 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Seasonal Influenza Vaccine and Risk of 2009 H1N1 Influenza

Fri, 02 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT

Over the past week, there have been several media reports describing unpublished findings from seasonal influenza vaccine studies conducted in Canada.

Connecticut Becomes Second Highest Cigarette Tax in U.S.

Thu, 01 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT

Today, Connecticut became the 12th state in the country to raise its cigarette tax in 2009, as it increased the state excise tax on cigarettes by $1 to $3 per pack.

Obese and Overweight Women Have a Higher Risk of Giving Birth to Baby with Heart Defects

Thu, 01 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT

The largest study of obesity during pregnancy and babies with heart defects in the United States finds that women who were overweight or obese before they became pregnant had an approximately 18 percent increased risk of having a baby with certain heart defects compared with women who were of normal body mass index (BMI) before they became pregnant.

Pharmacists Join CDC Efforts in Promoting Appropriate Antibiotic Use

Thu, 01 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT

Pharmacists around the nation are joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to educate consumers about the appropriate use of antibiotics during this influenza season.

Montana Goes Smoke-free

Thu, 01 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT

Bars in Montana went smoke-free today, making Montana the 22nd state in the country to have a comprehensive smoke-free law in workplaces, restaurants and bars.

Bacterial Co-Infections Common In Fatal Cases of Influenza

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT

Many people who have died from 2009 H1N1 influenza in the United States had co-infections with a common bacteria (Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococcus) which likely contributed to their death, according to a report published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Weekly 2009 H1N1 Flu Media Briefing

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Majority of Americans not Meeting Recommendations for Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT

No U.S. state is meeting national objectives for consumption of fruits and vegetables, according to the first report to provide state-by-state data about fruit and vegetable consumption and policies that may help Americans eat more fruits and vegetables.

CDC awards $ 4.37 million to improve public health capabilities in informatics

Fri, 25 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has competitively announced and awarded $4.37 million in grants to enhance health care information management and to improve the detection of and response to emerging public health threats.

Weekly 2009 H1N1 Flu Media Briefing

Fri, 25 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Weekly 2009 H1N1 Flu Media Briefing

Fri, 18 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to provide an update on cases of 2009 H1N1 flu and vaccine distribution.

Nation's Teen Vaccination Coverage Increasing, Variability Observed By Area, Race/Ethnicity, and Poverty Status

Thu, 17 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT

Survey provides first estimates of coverage at the state level and for selected local areas.

CDC Awards $22 Million for Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

Tue, 08 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded a total of $22 million to 26 states and tribal organizations to provide colorectal cancer screening services for low - income people aged 50 - 64 years, who are underinsured or uninsured.

Media Briefing on Antiviral Guidance and 2009 H1N1 Flu

Tue, 08 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference on its updated guidelines on antivirals as well as an update on 2009 H1N1 flu.

Weekly Update on 2009 H1N1 Flu

Wed, 02 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to update on 2009 H1N1 Flu.

CDC to Distribute $40 Million in Recovery Act Funding to Help States Fight Healthcare-Associated Infections

Tue, 01 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today announced plans to distribute $40 million to state health departments to help prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

Births Decline in Most Areas Hardest Hit by Hurricane Katrina

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT

On Friday August 28, 2009, CDC announced that births in most of the Gulf Cost areas hit by Hurricane Karina plunged in the 12 months following the deadly storm...

Immunization Rates Remain Stable at High Levels Among the Nation's 19- Through 35-Month-Old Children

Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to provide an update on cases of 2009 H1N1 flu. The briefing will also include an update on NIH's clinical trials of candidate 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine...

Media Briefing on 2009 H1N1 Flu

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to provide an update on cases of 2009 H1N1 flu. The briefing will also include an update on NIH's clinical trials of candidate 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine.

Life Expectancy at All Time High; Death Rates Reach New Low, New Report Shows

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT

U.S. life expectancy reached nearly 78 years (77.9), and the age-adjusted death rate dropped to 760.3 deaths per 100,000 population, both records, according to the latest mortality statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

CDC Media Relations Team Offers Highlighted, Embargoed Articles from Emerging Infectious Disease Journal

Wed, 12 Aug 2009 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) media relations team has launched a new service for journalists.

Study Shows Benefits of Biculturalism

Fri, 07 Aug 2009 10:00:00 EDT

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supported study shows that Latino adolescents in the United States who maintain ties to their culture of origin are more likely to develop healthy behaviors than their peers who do not.

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Education to Announce Updated School Guidance for Influenza Season

Thu, 06 Aug 2009 10:00:00 EDT

Secretaries Sebelius, Duncan, and Napolitano will host a press conference to release updated guidance for schools during the upcoming influenza season...

Scientists successfully isolate Marburg virus from African fruit bats

Fri, 31 Jul 2009 10:00:00 EDT

A team of scientists reported today the successful isolation of genetically diverse Marburg viruses from a common species of African fruit bat (Egyptian fruit bat, Rousettus aegyptiacus)...

CDC Advisors Make Recommendations for Use of Vaccine Against Novel H1N1

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met today to make recommendations for use of vaccine against novel influenza A (H1N1)...

Study Says Pregnant Women Are More Severely Impacted by Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus and Need Prompt Treatment with Antiviral Medication

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 10:00:00 EDT

Pregnant women infected with 2009 novel H1N1 had a higher rate of hospitalization and greater risk of death than the general population due to the H1N1 flu, according to a study in the Aug. 8 issue of the British medical journal Lancet...

CDC Recognizes Innovative Obesity Prevention and Control Initiatives with Weight of the Nation Awards

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 10:00:00 EDT

Eight organizations were awarded the Pioneering Innovation Award today at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Weight of the Nation Conference in Washington, D.C...

CDC Press Conference on Recommendations for Use of Vaccine Against Novel Influenza A (H1N1)

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 03:30:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to discuss an update on the proceedings of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and its recommendations for the use of a vaccine against novel influenza A (H1N1)...

Updated CDC Travel Health Book Released

Tue, 28 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT

The 2010 edition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Yellow Book includes new or expanded sections on medical tourism, traveling safely with chronic diseases and conditions, and expert perspectives on popular travel itineraries worldwide. The updated book, which is a definitive guide for healthy international travel, is now available online...

CDC Holds Inaugural Conference to Address Obesity Crisis in the United States

Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT

Weight of the Nation is designed to provide a forum to highlight progress in the prevention and control of obesity through policy and environmental strategies and highlight strategies that overcome barriers to the primary prevention of obesity for youth and adults in four settings: communities, medical care, schools, and workplaces...

Study Estimates Medical Cost of Obesity May Be As High as $147 Billion Annually

Mon, 27 Jul 2009 11:00:00 EDT

The health cost of obesity in the United States is as high as $147 billion annually, based on a new study from Research Triangle Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

CDC Briefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of novel Influenza A (H1N1)...

Obesity Among Low-Income Preschool Aged Children Appears to be Slowing

Thu, 23 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT

One of 7 low-income, preschool-aged children is obese, but the obesity epidemic may be stabilizing, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

CDC Briefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC Briefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu...

Discovery of New Transmission Patterns May Help Prevent Rotavirus Epidemics

Thu, 16 Jul 2009 14:00:00 EDT

New Vaccines Shift the Course of Childhood Diarrhea-Causing Disease and Could Have Big Global Impact...

New Obesity Data Shows Blacks Have the Highest Rates of Obesity

Thu, 16 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT

Blacks had 51 percent higher prevalence of obesity, and Hispanics had 21 percent higher obesity prevalence compared with whites, according to researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Improvements in Sexual and Reproductive Health of Teens and Young Adults Slowing

Thu, 16 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT

After a period of improvement, trends in the sexual and reproductive health of U.S. teens and young adults have flattened, or in some instances may be worsening, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

CDC Provides Free, Ready-to-Publish Health Content

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 15:00:00 EDT

CDC provides free formatted articles for download and use in newsletters, newspapers, magazines, community publications, web sites, and more. These articles cover a variety of health topics and are ready for use in any publication...

Obesity Among U.S. Adults Continues to Rise

Wed, 08 Jul 2009 14:00:00 EDT

The proportion of U.S. adults who are obese increased to 26.1 percent in 2008 compared to 25.6 percent in 2007...

CDC Launches New Environmental Public Health Tracking Network

Tue, 07 Jul 2009 14:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today the launch of the Web-based Environmental Public Health Tracking Network...

CDC Holds Inaugural Conference to Address Obesity Crisis in the United States

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Weight of the Nation Conference...

The White House Announces H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit

Thu, 02 Jul 2009 14:00:00 EDT

The White House today announced that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan will host an all-day H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit...

Nearly 44 Million in United States Without Health Insurance in 2008

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 14:00:00 EDT

An estimated 43.8 million Americans had no health insurance in 2008, approximately 2.8 million more than in 1997...

47,000 Older Adults Treated in Emergency Departments Annually for Fall Injuries Related to Walkers and Canes

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Fractures most common injury; one in three injuries required hospitalization...

CDC Telebriefing on Investigation of Human Cases of Novel Influenza A (H1N1)

Fri, 26 Jun 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of novel Influenza A (H1N1)...

CDC Introduces New Website to Help Employers Combat Obesity and Reduce Health-Related Costs

Thu, 25 Jun 2009 14:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today unveiled LEANWorks!, a Website designed to help businesses address obesity. LEAN stands for Leading Employees to Activity and Nutrition...

CDC Telebriefing on Investigation of Human Cases of Novel Influenza A (H1N1)

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of novel influenza A (H1N1) as well as the MMWR report, "Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infections Among Health-Care Personnel - United States, April-May, 2009"...

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Meeting

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)...

CDC Press Conference on Investigation of Human Cases of Novel Influenza A H1N1

Thu, 11 Jun 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press conference to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of novel influenza A H1N1...

Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, begins role as CDC Director and ATSDR Administrator

Mon, 08 Jun 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., today became the 16th director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administrator for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). He was named director of CDC by the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services on May 15...

Three in Every One Thousand U.S. Children Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome

Thu, 04 Jun 2009 14:00:00 EDT

The first-ever national estimate among a nationally representative sample of U.S. children revealed that 3 out of every 1000 children between the age of 6 and 17 in the United States have been diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome (TS)...

CDC Telebriefing on Investigation of Human Cases of novel H1N1 Flu

Thu, 04 Jun 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of novel H1N1 flu.

CDC Telebriefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu

Thu, 28 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of H1N1 Flu.

CDC Telebriefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu

Tue, 26 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of H1N1 Flu.

Update on the Novel Influenza A H1N1 Virus and New Findings Published Today

Fri, 22 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to provide an overall update on the novel Influenza A H1N1 virus and to discuss a recently published article in the journal Science.

New Data Show Drinking While Pregnant Still a Problem

Thu, 21 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Exposure to alcohol is a known cause of birth defects...

CDC Telebriefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu

Wed, 20 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of H1N1 Flu. Daniel Jernigan, MD, PhD, Medical Epidemiology, Influenza Division

CDC Telebriefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu

Tue, 19 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of H1N1 Flu.

CDC Telebriefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu

Mon, 18 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of H1N1 Flu.

CDC Telebriefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu

Fri, 15 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of H1N1 Flu.

Pool Chemical Injuries Send Thousands to ER Each Year

Thu, 14 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

2009 National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week is May 18-24

Increase in Unmarried Childbearing Also Seen in Other Countries

Wed, 13 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

The proportion of births to unmarried mothers in the United States has risen steeply over the past few decades, consistent with patterns in other countries, a report from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics shows.

CDC Telebriefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu

Tue, 12 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of H1N1 Flu.

CDC Telebriefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu

Mon, 11 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of H1N1 Flu.

CDC Telebriefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu

Sat, 09 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of H1N1 Flu.

CDC Briefing Information on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu

Fri, 08 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of H1N1 Flu.

CDC Briefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu

Thu, 07 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of H1N1 Flu.

CDC Telebriefing on New England Journal of Medicine Articles on H1N1 Flu

Thu, 07 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a PHONE ONLY press briefing to discuss two New England Journal of Medicine articles by CDC authors on H1N1 Flu. The articles are title "Human Infections with Triple-Reassortant Swine Influenza A (H1) Viruses in the United States, 2005-2009" and "Emergence of a Novel Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus in Humans."

CDC Briefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu

Wed, 06 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of H1N1 Flu.

CDC Briefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu

Tue, 05 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of H1N1 Flu.

CDC Briefing on Public Health Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

Mon, 04 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

CDC Briefing on Public Health Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

Fri, 01 May 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

Number of U.S. Adults Reporting Disabilities is Increasing

Thu, 30 Apr 2009 14:00:00 EDT

The number of U.S. adults reporting a disability increased by 3.4 million between 1999 and 2005, according to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Briefing on Public Health Investigation of Human Cases of Swine Influenza

Thu, 30 Apr 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of swine influenza. Thuday April 30, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

CDC Briefing on Public Health Investigation of Human Cases of Swine Influenza

Tue, 28 Apr 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of swine influenza.Thuday April 30, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. ET

CDC Briefing on Public Health Investigation of Human Cases of Swine Influenza

Mon, 27 Apr 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of swine influenza. Please call in 10 to 15 minutes before the briefing to get on the line.

CDC Media Availability on Human Swine Influenza Cases

Sun, 26 Apr 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Telephone only media availability for press with questions related to the investigation of cases of swine influenza. Please call in 10 to 15 minutes before the briefing in order to get on the line.

Media Availability on CDC Investigation of Human Cases of Swine Influenza

Fri, 24 Apr 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Media availability for press with questions related to the investigation of cases of swine influenza.

National Infant Immunization Week Highlights Importance of Protecting Infants from Life-Threatening Diseases

Thu, 23 Apr 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will launch National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) with events beginning April 25 and continuing through May 2, 2009.

CDC Briefing on Public Health Investigation of Human Cases of Swine Influenza

Thu, 23 Apr 2009 14:00:00 EDT

CDC will host a press briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of swine influenza in California and Texas. CDC issued an MMWR dispatch on Tuesday April 21. The briefing will update information included in the dispatch.

CDC Responds to Salon.com Article

Fri, 10 Apr 2009 14:00:00 EDT

An April 10, 2009 article appearing on Salon.com inaccurately represents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 2004 public health response to a request from the Washington D.C. Department of Health for assistance concerning lead in water in District of Columbia neighborhoods (Blood Lead Levels in Residents of Homes with Elevated Lead in Tap Water - District of Columbia, 2004 MMWR Dispatch Vol. 53., March 30, 2004).

CDC Reports Progress in Foodborne Illness Prevention has Reached a Plateau

Thu, 09 Apr 2009 14:00:00 EDT

The incidence of the most common foodborne illnesses has changed very little over the past three years, according to a 10-state report released Thuday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Media Telebriefing on 2008 Preliminary FoodNet Data

Thu, 09 Apr 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Release of "Preliminary FoodNet Data on the Incidence of Infection with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly Through Food - 10 States, 2008," which is being published in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

32nd Annual CDC Diabetes Conference: New Strategies for Changing Times

Wed, 08 Apr 2009 14:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 32nd Annual Diabetes Conference, New Strategies for Changing Times will focus on new strategies for diabetes prevention and control for practitioners, providers, and leaders. The conference is sponsored by the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) and features plenary sessions, various lectures, symposia, oral presentations, roundtable discussions, exhibits, and poster sessions on the latest and most innovative advances in diabetes prevention and initiatives.

Obama Administration Announces New Campaign to Refocus National Attention on the HIV Crisis in the United States

Mon, 06 Apr 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Every 9- minutes another person in America becomes infected with HIV. Officials from the White House, Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today a new five-year national communication campaign, Act Against AIDS, which highlights this alarming statistic and aims to combat complacency about the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States.

CDC Hosts 43rd National Immunization Conference

Thu, 26 Mar 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Thousands of health officials from around the country will gather to examine the latest developments in vaccine science, policy, education, technology, and planning issues related to immunization in general and vaccine-preventable disease. Topics will include the impact of new vaccines on health, addressing vaccine hesitancy, monitoring vaccine safety, effect of state laws on uptake of recommended vaccines and other important topics.

Americans Consume Too Much Salt

Thu, 26 Mar 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Most Americans consume more than double the amount of their daily recommended level of sodium. A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than 2 out of 3 adults are in population groups that should consume no more than 1,500 milligrams (mg) per day of sodium. During 2005-2006 the estimated average intake of sodium for persons in the United States age 2 years and older was 3,436 mg per day.

Teen Birth Rates Up Slightly in 2007 for Second Consecutive Year

Wed, 18 Mar 2009 14:00:00 EDT

The birth rate for U.S. teens aged 15 to 19 increased by about 1 percent in 2007, from 41.9 births per 1,000 in 2006 to 42.5 in 2007, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is the second year in a row that teen births have gone up. They increased 3 percent in 2006 following a 14-year decline.

Wireless-Only Phone Use Varies Widely Across United States

Wed, 11 Mar 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Oklahoma leads the nation in the percentage of households with cell phones only, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than a quarter of households (26.2 percent) in Oklahoma had only wireless and no landline phones in 2007. On the other end of the spectrum, only 5.1 percent of households in Vermont were wireless-only in 2007.

Arthritis Pain May Keep People with Heart Disease Physically Inactive

Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Arthritis may create an additional barrier to using physical activity to help people manage their heart disease, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health Habits of Adults Aged 18-29 Highlighted in Report on Nation's Health

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Young adults in the United States aged 18-29 face a number of health challenges, including increases in obesity, high injury rates, and lack of insurance coverage compared to older adults, according to the latest report on the nation's health.

U.S. Outpatient Surgeries on the Rise

Wed, 28 Jan 2009 14:00:00 EDT

The number of outpatient surgery visits in the United States increased from 20.8 million visits in 1996 to 34.7 million visits in 2006, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Study Finds Broad Access to Parenting Support Lowers Risk of Child Maltreatment

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 14:00:00 EDT

When parents have access to proven parenting information and support designed to address problems all families face-from tantrums to encouraging good behavior-key measures of child maltreatment fall, according to a study released in the Jan. 26 online edition of the journal Prevention Science...

CDC and National Expert Panel Promote Revised Field Triage Guidelines of Trauma Patients

Thu, 22 Jan 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Will Help Save Lives by Getting the Right Patient, to the Right Place, at the Right Time...

Campaign Helps Hispanics With Diabetes Enjoy Healthy, Traditional Foods

Mon, 12 Jan 2009 14:00:00 EDT

New tools are available to help Hispanics enjoy healthy versions of their favorite recipes and control portion sizes, all designed to reduce their risk of developing diabetes. The recipes and other materials are part of a campaign called M's que comida...

CDC Study: Failures to Follow Infection Practices Have Placed More than 60,000 Patients at Risk for Hepatitis B and C

Tue, 06 Jan 2009 14:00:00 EDT

In the last decade, more than 60,000 patients in the United States were asked to get tested for hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) because health care personnel in settings outside hospitals failed to follow basic infection control practices, according to a new study by the CDC...

Study Says Folic Acid Fortification of Corn Masa Flour Could Increase Folic Acid Intake among Mexican-Americans

Mon, 05 Jan 2009 14:00:00 EDT

Fortification of corn masa flour products could increase folic acid intake by nearly 20 percent for Mexican-Americans, who are at a 30-40 percent higher risk for a number of severe brain and spinal birth defects, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study is published in the January issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition...

Health Groups Release 2009 Immunization Schedules

Wed, 31 Dec 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Updated immunization recommendations for childhood influenza vaccinations are included in the 2009 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedules released jointly today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)...

Smoke-free Policy Leads to Dramatic, Sustained Drop in Heart Attack Hospitalizations in Pueblo, Colorado

Wed, 31 Dec 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Heart attack hospitalizations in the city of Pueblo, Colorado fell sharply after the implementation of a municipal law making workplaces and public places smoke-free, and this decrease was sustained over a three-year period...

New CDC Report Finds Motor Vehicles and Falls are Causes of Most Child and Teen Injuries and Deaths in the United States

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 10:00:00 EDT

An estimated 55 million children and teens from birth to age 19 were treated in emergency departments for unintentional injuries from 2001 to 2006, according to a new report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

Annual Report to the Nation Finds Declines in Cancer Incidence and Death Rates; Special Feature Reveals Wide Variations in Lung Cancer Trends across States

Tue, 02 Dec 2008 10:00:00 EDT

A new report from the nation's leading cancer organizations shows that, for the first time since the report was first issued in 1998, both incidence and death rates for all cancers combined are decreasing for both men and women, driven largely by declines in some of the most common types of cancer...

National Birth Defects Prevention Study Shows Assisted Reproductive Technology is Associated with an Increased Risk of Certain Birth Defects

Mon, 17 Nov 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Infants conceived with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) are two to four times more likely to have certain types of birth defects than children conceived naturally, according to a study by the CDC...

New CDC Study Finds Community Physical Activity Programs Are Money Well Spent

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Smoking in the United States Causes 443,000 Deaths Annually and Costs $193 Billion As Nation Observes Great American Smokeout

Slightly Lower Adult Smoking Rates

Thu, 13 Nov 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Smoking in the United States Causes 443,000 Deaths Annually and Costs $193 Billion As Nation Observes Great American Smokeout

CDC Releases First Estimate of Human Papillomavirus-Associated Cancer Data

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Twenty-five thousand cases of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers occurred in 38 states and the District of Columbia annually during 1998-2003, according to studies conducted by CDC. ...

New Cases of Diagnosed Diabetes on the Rise

Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:00:00 EDT

State-specific data provide glimpse into geographical differences...

ATSDR Issues Report on Asbestos Exposure from Libby Vermiculite

Wed, 29 Oct 2008 10:00:00 EDT

ATLANTA -Employees, their families and people living close to 28 exfoliation sites may have been exposed to amphibole asbestos from vermiculite mined Libby, Montana between the 1920s and the early 1990s., a report from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has concluded....

CDC Study Finds 3 Million U.S. Children have Food or Digestive Allergies

Wed, 22 Oct 2008 10:00:00 EDT

The number of young people who had a food or digestive allergy increased 18 percent between 1997 and 2007, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

CDC Media Analysis Examines Car Surfing

Thu, 16 Oct 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Teens are getting injured or killed by riding on the outside of a moving vehicle - an activity known as car surfing, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) review of newspaper articles released today in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

CDC Releases New Infant Mortality Data

Wed, 15 Oct 2008 10:00:00 EDT

The United States ranked 29th in the world in infant mortality in 2004, compared to 27th in 2000, 23rd in 1990 and 12th in 1960, according to a new report from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

Nation's Teen Vaccination Coverage Increasing, But Below 2010 Goals

Thu, 09 Oct 2008 10:00:00 EDT

CDC press release issed October 9, 2007, announcing the 2007 National Immunization Survey results for teens (NIS-Teen), that show the nation's immunization coverage rates for preteens and teens are increasing for routinely recommended vaccines, but most still do not have all of the recommended immunizations.

CDC Awards $10.9 Million for Preparedness Research Centers at Seven Schools of Public Health

Wed, 08 Oct 2008 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded a $16.9 million contract to American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) of Manassas, Va. to implement the CDC Influenza Reagent Resource (CDC-IRR), a secure, Web-based system that will improve access to influenza viruses, test kits and other reagents for approved laboratories.

CDC Awards $16.9 Million Contract to Improve Capabilities to Combat Pandemic, Seasonal Influenza

Mon, 06 Oct 2008 10:00:00 EDT

CDC Press Release issued Monday, October 6, 2008: CDC Awards $10.9 Million for Preparedness Research Centers at Seven Schools of Public Health

It's Time to Get Smart about the Use of Antibiotics

Thu, 02 Oct 2008 10:00:00 EDT

CDC campaign aims to draw attention to the increasing problem of antibiotic resistance

CDC Awards $10 million to New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation to provide Health Services to Residents, Other Community Members Affected by 9/11 Attack

Tue, 30 Sep 2008 10:00:00 EDT

CDC press release on September 30, 2008, announcing a $10 millon award grant given to the New York Health and Hospital Corporation for the first year of a three-year competitive grant to provide medical examinations, diagnostic testing, referral and treatment for residents, students, and others in the community that were directly affected by the dust and debris from the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings on Sept. 11, 2001.

CDC Awards $24 Million for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Projects

Wed, 24 Sep 2008 10:00:00 EDT

CDC Press Release, CDC Awards $24 Million for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Projects Dated September 24, 2008

CDC Expands Testing Recommendations For Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection

Thu, 18 Sep 2008 10:00:00 EDT

New Guidance Also Issued on Patient Management for Those Infected

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Effective for Treating Trauma Symptoms in Children and Teens

Tue, 09 Sep 2008 10:00:00 EDT

CDC press release, dated Tuesday, September 9, 2008, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Effective for Treating Trauma Symptoms in Children and Teens.

CDC Steps Up Efforts to Fight Drug-Resistant Germ

Mon, 08 Sep 2008 10:00:00 EDT

New Effort Teaches Parents How to Protect Children from MRSA

Most US Parents are Vaccinating According to New CDC Survey Vaccine Coverage Rates for Children Remain High

Thu, 04 Sep 2008 10:00:00 EDT

The vast majority of the nation's parents are having their children get recommended vaccinations, according to 2007 vaccine coverage estimates released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

New Report Estimates More than 2 million Cases of Tobacco-related Cancers Diagnosed in the United States During 1999-2004

Thu, 04 Sep 2008 10:00:00 EDT

CDC press release on Thuday September 4, 2008 announcing new report estimates more than 2 million cases of tobacco-related cancers diagnosed in the U.S. during 1999-2004.

CDC Director Named To Forbes List of 100 Most Powerful Women

Tue, 02 Sep 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Julie Gerberding has been named to the Forbes List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the world. This year marks the fourth consecutive year that Dr. Gerberding has made the list.

CDC Launches New Program to Train Veterinarians

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 10:00:00 EDT

In an effort to help address a national shortage of veterinarians certified to work with laboratory animals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun a new residency program in laboratory animal medicine.

Most U. S. Measles Cases Reported since 1996

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 10:00:00 EDT

CDC Press Release issued Thuday, August 21, concerning a CDC report about the recent measles outbreaks in Illinois, New York, Washington, Arizona, California, Wisconsin, Michigan, Hawaii, Arkansas, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

CDC Releases 1918 Pandemic Flu Storybook

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 10:00:00 EDT

CDC press release about the release of an online storybook containing narratives, photos and videos from survivors, families and friends about the 1918 influenza pandemic that killed millions of people around the world.

CDC Launches CDC-TV On-Line Video Resource

Tue, 19 Aug 2008 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched CDC-TV, a new online video resource available through www.cdc.gov. CDC-TV videos will cover a variety of health, safety and preparedness topics.

Reductions in Smoking Show Promise for Reducing Home Fire Deaths

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Home fire deaths are higher in states that have a greater percentage of smokers, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study published this month in the journal Injury Prevention.

CDC Releases New Data on Epilepsy from Multiple States

Thu, 07 Aug 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Men aged 18-44 years are more than twice as likely as women of the same age group to have adopted a child, according to a new report released today by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

New Report Provides Demographic Profile of Adoptive Parents

Thu, 07 Aug 2008 10:00:00 EDT

A multi-state study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that about one out of 100 adults have active epilepsy, and more than one-third are not getting sufficient treatment...

Americans Made Over 1 Billion Hospital and Doctor Visits in 2006

Wed, 06 Aug 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Patients in the United States made an estimated 1.1 billion visits to physician offices and hospital outpatient and emergency departments in 2006...

New Technology Reveals Higher Number of New HIV Infections in the United States than Previously Known

Sun, 03 Aug 2008 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC) announced today that an estimated 56,300 HIV infections occurred in the United States in 2006.

National Birth Defects Prevention Study Finds Pre-pregnancy Diabetes Increases Risk for Multiple Types of Birth Defects

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Women who receive a diagnosis of diabetes before they become pregnant are three to four times more likely to have a child with one or even multiple birth defects than a mother who is not diabetic, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Alternative Warm-Up Program Reduces Risk of ACL Injuries For Female College Soccer Players

Fri, 25 Jul 2008 10:00:00 EDT

The risk of potentially devastating tears to an important knee ligament may be reduced in female college soccer players by an alternative warm-up program that focuses on stretching, strengthening, and improving balance and movements, according to a CDC study published online this week in The American Journal of Sports Medicine.

New CDC Grant Program Extends Health Resources to Residents and other Community Members Affected by 9/11 Attack

Thu, 24 Jul 2008 10:00:00 EDT

$30 Million Being Made Available for Health and Medical Services Programs

Latest CDC Data Show More Americans Report Being Obese

Thu, 17 Jul 2008 10:00:00 EDT

The proportion of U.S. adults who self report they are obese increased nearly 2 percent between 2005 and 2007, according to a report in today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Community Water Fluoridation Now Reaches Nearly 70 percent of U.S. Population

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Nearly 70 percent of U.S. residents who get water from community water systems now receive fluoridated water, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Releases Reports on Formaldehyde Tests of Trailers

Wed, 02 Jul 2008 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted on Wednesday two reports from its work related to assessing the levels of formaldehyde in the indoor air of travel trailers used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

CDC Web Site Receives Government Web Managers Forum 2008 Best Practice Award

Mon, 30 Jun 2008 10:00:00 EDT

The CDC launched the newly revamped Web site in April 2007. The Web site redesign was led by CDC's National Center for Health Marketing, Division of eHealth Marketing.

Respiratory Illness, Dog Bites Among Top Concerns For Travelers to China

Thu, 26 Jun 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Beijing-bound Olympic travelers should worry less about exotic diseases, and instead focus on preventing more mundane health problems like respiratory illness and dog bites.

Fewer Kids Suffering from Rotavirus This Season

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Credit May Go to Newly Introduced Infant Vaccine

Number of People with Diabetes Increases to 24 Million

Tue, 24 Jun 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Estimates of Diagnosed Diabetes Now Available for all U.S. Counties

Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Result From Senior Falls

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Traumatic brain injuries due to falls caused nearly 8,000 deaths and 56,000 hospitalizations in 2005 among Americans 65 and older...

New CDC Study Finds Gaps in Breastfeeding Support in U.S. Hospitals and Birth Centers

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Many birth facilities in the United States are not providing maternity care that is fully supportive of breastfeeding, according to a study in today's MMWR...

U.S. Deaths Down Sharply in 2006

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Age-adjusted death rates in the United States dropped significantly between 2005 and 2006 and life expectancy hit another record high, according to preliminary death statistics released today by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

New CDC Study First To Present National Outdoor Recreational Injury Estimates

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Nearly 213,000 treated in emergency departments annually-- more than half of injuries among young people ages 10-24

CDC Finds Some Bird Flu Strains have Acquired Properties that Might Enhance Potential to Infect Humans

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 10:00:00 EDT

ATLANTA, Ga.-The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released results of a study suggesting that some North American avian influenza A H7 virus strains have properties that might enhance their potential to infect humans as well as their potential to spread from human to human.

CDC's National Center for Health Marketing Forms Professional Advisory Group

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established a panel of outside experts that will advise CDC's National Center for Health Marketing on its health marketing and communication programs.

Nation's High School Students Showing Overall Improvements in Health-Related Behaviors

Wed, 04 Jun 2008 10:00:00 EDT

However, Hispanic Students Not Showing Progress in Some Key Areas

CDC Reports More U.S. Nonsmokers Are Protected by Smoke-Free Laws

Thu, 22 May 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Good News as World Celebrates "World No Tobacco Day 2008"...

CDC Recommends Shingles Vaccine

Mon, 19 May 2008 10:00:00 EDT

People age 60 and older should be vaccinated against shingles, or herpes zoster, a condition often marked by debilitating chronic pain...

Cases Of Recreational Water Illnesses On The Rise

Thu, 15 May 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Cryptosporidiosis or Crypto, a chlorine-resistant parasite, is likely to pose an even bigger challenge in the future

New CDC Study Finds Arthritis Can be a Barrier for Adults Seeking to Manage Diabetes through Physical Activity

Thu, 08 May 2008 10:00:00 EDT

More than half of adults with diagnosed diabetes also have arthritis, a painful condition that can be a barrier to physical activity-an important health strategy for managing diabetes...

Falls a Leading Cause of Injury-Related Emergency Department Visits for Infants Each Year, CDC Study Shows

Mon, 05 May 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Half of the estimated 328,500 infants 12 months of age or younger who were treated for injuries in hospital emergency departments each year from 2001 to 2004 were injured as a result of a fall, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

National Infant Immunization Week Reminds Parents of the Importance of Immunizations and Encourages them to Look to their Child's Doctor for Information

Thu, 24 Apr 2008 10:00:00 EDT

More Than Twenty Percent of Children Not Fully Protected Against Vaccine-Preventable Disease

Pregnancy Rate Drops for Women Under Age 25 - April 14, 2008

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Pregnancy rates for females under age 25, including teenagers, in the United States declined in 2004 compared to 1990, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC Urges Travelers to Israel to Protect Themselves from Measles

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Concern Raised over Americans Traveling to Israel for Passover

CDC Report Points to Need for New Foodborne Illness Strategies

Thu, 10 Apr 2008 10:00:00 EDT

A 10-state report released Thuday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed little change in the incidence of some foodborne infections after a period of decline.

Smoking Early In Pregnancy Raises Risks Of Heart Defects In Newborns

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Mothers who smoke early in pregnancy are more likely to give birth to infants with heart defects, according to a study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Pregnant Women Who are Obese Linked with Greater Health Care Services Use

Wed, 02 Apr 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Also have longer hospital stays

Study Shows Rural Alaska Natives without In-Home Running Water Suffer More Disease

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Rural Alaska Natives living without in-home access to running water have disproportionately higher rates of respiratory and skin infections, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

First-Ever County Level Report on Stroke Hospitalizations

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 10:00:00 EDT

County-level maps can help identify racial, ethnic and geographic differences

Studies Describe the Funding, Development, and Implementation of a National Colorectal Cancer Screening Demonstration Program in the United States

Mon, 17 Mar 2008 10:00:00 EDT

What: Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States of cancers that that affect both men and women.

Community Heroes Honored for Contributions to CDC's Steps Program

Mon, 17 Mar 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Seven community heroes were recently honored at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Steps Program's Action Institute for their extraordinary contributions in improving the health and well-being of Americans in school, worksite, healthcare or community settings.

New Study Shows Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates Increasing Among U.S. Adults

Thu, 13 Mar 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Disparities in screening still persist in certain populations...

New CDC study underscores impact of older adult falls

Thu, 06 Mar 2008 10:00:00 EDT

CDC releases new resources to help prevent falls

CDC Study Reveals Adults May Not Get Enough Rest or Sleeps

Thu, 28 Feb 2008 10:00:00 EDT

About 10 percent of adults report not getting enough rest or sleep every day in the past month, according to a new four-state study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report...

CDC's Advisory Committee Recommends Influenza Vaccination for Children 6 months through 18 years of age

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 10:00:00 EDT

A panel of immunization experts advised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today to expand the recommended ages for annual influenza vaccination of children to include all children from only 6 months to 59 months of age. The expanded recommendation is to take effect as soon as feasible, but no later than the 2009 14:00:00 EST - 2010 influenza season...

Disparities in Awareness of Heart Attack Warning Signs Among Adults in 14 States Revealed by CDC Study

Thu, 21 Feb 2008 10:00:00 EDT

An alarming number of adults fail to recognize heart attack warning signs and symptoms that could, if heeded, save their lives, according to...

CDC State Preparedness Report Highlights Progress and Challenges

Wed, 20 Feb 2008 10:00:00 EDT

An inaugural report on public health preparedness released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates states have made significant progress with respect to emergency preparedness, but that significant challenges remain.

More Children in Low-Income Countries Getting Vaccinated Against Hib Pneumonia and Meningitis

Thu, 14 Feb 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Vaccine use increasing in places where most Hib disease and deaths occur

CDC Study Warns of Deaths Due to the "Choking Game"

Thu, 14 Feb 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Most fatalities in 11-to-16 year old boys

CDC Releases Results of Formaldehyde Level Tests

Thu, 14 Feb 2008 10:00:00 EDT

(NEW ORLEANS) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released today preliminary results from recent testing that found higher than typical indoor exposure levels of formaldehyde in travel trailers and mobile homes used as emergency housing in the Gulf Coast Region.

Update on Seasonal Influenza Activity

Fri, 08 Feb 2008 10:00:00 EDT

The telebriefing will provide an update on the current influenza season.

New Resource for Preventing Diabetes in African-Americans

Sat, 02 Feb 2008 10:00:00 EDT

A new diabetes prevention resource designed to encourage and help faith-based and community organizations get actively involved in deterring preventable diabetes among African-Americans was released by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a joint venture of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health. ...

New Study Shows Tobacco Control Programs Cut Adult Smoking Rates

Wed, 30 Jan 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Greater investments in state tobacco control programs are independently and significantly associated with larger and more rapid declines ...

New Report Provides Information on HIV Prevalence in the U.S. Household Population

Tue, 29 Jan 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Unsupervised Ingestion Accounts for 66 Percent of Incidents...

Un estudio de los CDC estima que 7,000 urgencias pedi-tricas estuvieron vinculadas a medicamentos para la tos y el resfriado

Mon, 28 Jan 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Un n-mero estimado de 7,000 ni-os, de 11 a-os de edad o menos, son atendidos cada a-o en urgencias hospitalarias debido al consumo de medicamentos para la tos y el resfriado, seg-n un estudio de los Centros para el Control y la Prevenci-n de Enfermedades....

CDC Study Estimates 7,000 Pediatric Emergency Departments Visits Linked to Cough and Cold Medication

Mon, 28 Jan 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Approximately half of 1 percent (0.47 percent) of the U.S. household population between the ages of 18 and 49 are living with HIV...

New Study Finds Decline in Single-Victim School-Associated Violent Deaths

Thu, 17 Jan 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Multiple Victim Rates Remain Stable Since the Early 90s...

CDC To Launch Study on Unexplained Illness

Wed, 16 Jan 2008 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente's Northern California Division of Research launched a study to learn about an unexplained skin condition known as Morgellons...

Health Groups Release 2008 Immunization Schedules

Fri, 11 Jan 2008 10:00:00 EDT

Updated immunization recommendations for childhood influenza and adolescent meningococcal vaccinations are included in the 2008 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedules released jointly today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

New CDC Study Finds 5.5 Percent Increase in Injury Mortality from 1999 to 2004

Thu, 13 Dec 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Increases in deaths among 20-to-29 and 45-to-54 year olds contribute to first overall increase in years

CDC to Begin Testing Trailers for Formaldehyde

Thu, 13 Dec 2007 10:00:00 EDT

FEMA continues efforts to move residents out of trailers

FEMA Administrator and CDC Director to Brief News Media on Formaldehyde Testing Plan

Wed, 12 Dec 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), R. David Paulison, and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Julie Gerberding, will brief the news media Thuday at FEMA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The purpose is to discuss the plan to test air quality in travel trailers and mobile homes in the Gulf

CDC and FDA Advise Public of Vaccine Recall

Wed, 12 Dec 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Telebriefing to discuss Merck(c) Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine recall

December 13th Press Briefing Related to CDC Testing of Occupied FEMA Trailers in the Gulf Coast Area

Wed, 12 Dec 2007 10:00:00 EDT

CDC press conference to announce the start date for testing trailers in Louisiana and Mississippi for formaldehyde levels in trailers and mobile homes.

Teen Birth Rate Rises for First Time in 14 Years

Wed, 05 Dec 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The teen birth rate in the United States rose in 2006 for the first time since 1991, and unmarried childbearing also rose significantly, according to preliminary birth statistics released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Nearly One in Five Americans Say They Can't Afford Needed Health Care

Mon, 03 Dec 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Nearly one in five U.S. adults - more than 40 million people - report they do not have adequate access to the health care they need, according to the annual report on the nation's health released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC statement on pending HIV incidence estimates

Sun, 02 Dec 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Recent media reports have speculated about CDC's pending estimates of new HIV infections in the United States. CDC emphasizes that the new estimates are not yet final.

Independent Panel Issues Report on Transfer of Youth from Juvenile to Adult Justice System

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 10:00:00 EDT

A new report - "Effects on Violence of Laws and Policies Facilitating the Transfer of Youth from the Juvenile to the Adult Justice System: A Report on Recommendations of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services,"

A New CDC Study Finds no Real Increase in Obesity Among Adults; But Levels Still High

Wed, 28 Nov 2007 10:00:00 EDT

After a quarter century of increases, obesity prevalence has not measurably increased in the past few years but levels are still high

ADOLESCENT AGGRESSION NO LONGER LIMITED TO THE SCHOOL YARD

Tue, 27 Nov 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Sixty-four percent of kids and teens who are harassed online, not harassed at school

CDC Promotes National Influenza Vaccination Week to Encourage Flu Vaccination throughout the Influenza Season

Fri, 23 Nov 2007 10:00:00 EDT

New Data Show Few Flu Vaccines Given After November

2007 NATIONAL PREVENTION AND HEALTH PROMOTION SUMMIT

Mon, 19 Nov 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host the 2007 National Prevention and Health Promotion Summit: Creating a Culture of Wellness.

Telebriefing on the Current Influenza Season and Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Distribution and Availability

Fri, 09 Nov 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The telebriefing will provide an update on the current influenza season as well as seasonal influenza vaccine distribution and availability

Nation's Influenza Vaccine Supplies Continue to Increase; CDC Advises Broadening of Vaccination Efforts

Fri, 09 Nov 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that the nation's influenza vaccine manufacturers report that more than 103 million doses of influenza

Cardiovascular Disease Decreasing Among Adults with Diabetes

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Separate Report Finds People with Diabetes Doing a Better Job of Checking Blood Sugar

CDC Advisory Committee Recommends Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine for Children Ages Two to Five

Fri, 26 Oct 2007 10:00:00 EDT

A panel of immunization experts has voted to expand the recommendation for the nasal spray influenza vaccine...

CDC Launches Redesigned Spanish Web Site "CDC en Espa-ol"

Fri, 19 Oct 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Usable Layout, New Search Engine and New Features Help People Find Information and Resources

CDC Study Finds U.S. Schools Making Progress in Decreasing Availability of Junk Food and Promoting Physical Activity

Fri, 19 Oct 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Activity However, More Progress Needed to Foster Health and Wellness of Students

CDC estimates 94,000 invasive drug-resistant staph infections occurred in the U.S. in 2005

Tue, 16 Oct 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Study establishes baseline for MRSA infection estimates

Annual Report to the Nation Finds Cancer Death Rate Decline Doubling

Mon, 15 Oct 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Special Feature Examines Cancer in American Indians and Alaska Natives

CDC Presents First State-by-State Data on Work Limitations Caused by Arthritis

Thu, 11 Oct 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Work limitation due to arthritis in all working-age adults ranges from a low of 3.4 percent in Hawaii to a high of 15 percent in Kentucky, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study that provides the first ever state-by-state data on adults experiencing work limitations caused by arthritis.

CDC Scientist Awarded China's Highest Honor for Outstanding Contributions to Public Health

Fri, 05 Oct 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Robert E. Fontaine, M.D., CDC senior epidemiologist and Resident Advisor to the U.S. Field Epidemiology Training Program in Beijing, China, has been honored with the Friendship Award of 2007.

Smoking Rates Highest Among People with Disabilities

Thu, 04 Oct 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Health Disparities Persist Among People with Disabilities

CDC Awards $35 Million to Support HIV Testing and Increase Early Diagnosis of HIV among African Americans

Thu, 27 Sep 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $35 million in funding to state and local health departments to increase HIV testing opportunities among populations disproportionately affected by HIV, primarily African Americans.

Early Thimerosal Exposure and Neuropsychological Outcomes at 7 to 10 Years

Wed, 26 Sep 2007 10:00:00 EDT

New England Journal of Medicine Telebriefing

CDC's Global Health Odyssey Invites Public to Smithsonian Museum Day 2007

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Global Health Odyssey opens to the public for the first Saturday ever on September 29 in conjunction with national Museum Day, sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine. Special Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free, with driver's license or passport required for entry.

U.S. Life Expectancy Hits New High of Nearly 78 Years

Wed, 12 Sep 2007 10:00:00 EDT

A child born in the United States in 2005 can expect to live nearly 78 years (77.9) - a new high - according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2005."

US Declared Canine-Rabies Free, CDC Announces at Inaugural World Rabies Day Symposium

Fri, 07 Sep 2007 10:00:00 EDT

For the last several decades, state and local public health authorities in the United States have been working tirelessly on the prevention and control of rabies. Coincident with the recognition of World Rabies Day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has formally declared the elimination of the type of rabies previously found in dogs in the United States...

Suicide Trends Among Youths and Young Adults Aged 10-24 Years-United States, 1990-2004

Thu, 06 Sep 2007 10:00:00 EDT

MMWR Telebriefing to Announce Release of the Study. The study reports the first changes in suicide rates among 10-24 year olds in more than 15 years...

CDC Report Shows Largest One-Year Increase in Youth Suicide Rate in 15 Years

Thu, 06 Sep 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Following a decline of more than 28 percent, the suicide rate for 10- to-24-year-olds increased by 8 percent, the largest single-year rise in 15 years, according to a report released today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)...

First World Rabies Day to be Observed at CDC

Fri, 31 Aug 2007 10:00:00 EDT

CDC's World Rabies Day Symposium and Expo includes experts and an appearance by the first human rabies survivor in the United States...

Nation's Childhood Immunization Rates Remain at or above record levels

Thu, 30 Aug 2007 10:00:00 EDT

New estimates show adolescent rates below nation's 2010 goals...

MEDIA ADVISORY: MMWR Telebriefing

Thu, 30 Aug 2007 10:00:00 EDT

CDC will announce 2006 national and state vaccination coverage rates among young children and adolescents...

The End of Polio: Photographs of Sebasti-o Salgado Opens to Public

Fri, 24 Aug 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Early in 2001 in Somalia, Brazilian photojournalist Sebasti-o Salgado began to document the global effort to eradicate the crippling disease poliomyelitis...

CDC Researchers find possible animal source for Marburg virus

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Identification of infection in a common African fruit bat...

Community Measures Prevent Deaths During Pandemic, New Study Finds

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 10:00:00 EDT

School closures and other community strategies designed to reduce the possibility of spreading disease between people during an epidemic can save lives, particularly when the measures are used in combination and implemented soon after an outbreak begins in a community...

CDC will Provide Investigational New Medicine for Treatment of Severe Malaria

Thu, 02 Aug 2007 10:00:00 EDT

CDC and Walter Reed collaboration fosters the availability of artesunate for emergency use

More Women Choosing to Breastfeed, but Rates of Exclusive Breastfeeding Fall Short of National Objectives

Thu, 02 Aug 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Although more women are choosing to initiate breastfeeding, the percentage of mothers who breastfeed exclusively is far short of national objectives...

CDC Urges Parents to Protect Preteens with Three Recommended Vaccines

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 10:00:00 EDT

New CDC campaign launched during National Immunization Awareness Month encourages a routine health checkup for 11-and 12-year-olds

CDC's 2007 Cancer Conference:

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Meeting Future Challenges features presentations and topic sessions on key issues relating to cancer prevention and early detection.

New Study Finds Most Sports- and Recreation-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur In Youth and Teens

Thu, 26 Jul 2007 10:00:00 EDT

CDC Launches New Youth Sports Tool Kit to Help Coaches, Athletes, and Parents "Play it Safe"

Four Communities to Pilot New Federal Environmental Health Partnership

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 10:00:00 EDT

EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson and CDC/ATSDR Director Dr. Julie Gerberding signed a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) today, signaling their intentions to develop collaborative strategies that assist communities coping with health problems that may be related to environmental hazards.

CDC Travel Health Book Advises Travelers on Hazards Both Ordinary and Extraordinary

Fri, 13 Jul 2007 10:00:00 EDT

New Edition of CDC's "Yellow Book" Provides Updated Information on International Travel Health Risks

Update on Tuberculosis Case in an International Traveler

Tue, 03 Jul 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Update on Tuberculosis Case in an International Traveler

CDC Issues New Patient Visit Report

Fri, 29 Jun 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The CDC today issued a new report, "Ambulatory Medical Care Utilization Estimates for 2005," which contains information on patient visits to emergency departments, outpatient centers and hospitals.

New Study Finds Few Risks of Birth Defects from Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy

Wed, 27 Jun 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Women Should Talk with Their Doctors about Risks and Benefits

CDC Infection Tracking System Now Available to All U.S. Hospitals

Wed, 27 Jun 2007 10:00:00 EDT

A secure, Web-based reporting network that lets facilities track infections associated with health care is now available to all health care facilities in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today.

Meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Mon, 25 Jun 2007 10:00:00 EDT

When: Jun 27-28, 2007, Where: CDC 1600 Clifton Road NE, Agenda: Hepatitis A Vaccine Prophylaxis

New CDC Report Documents Percentage of People Without Health Insurance

Mon, 25 Jun 2007 10:00:00 EDT

CDC's National Center for Health Statistics is issuing a new report today entitled "Early Release of Health Insurance Estimates Based on Data From the 2006 National Health Interview Survey."

NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY, Jun 27, 2007

Thu, 21 Jun 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Statement by Dr. KEVIN FENTON, Director OF CDC'S National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, TB Prevention

CDC Reports High Lyme Disease Rates in 10 States Number of the most common vector-borne disease doubles in 15 years

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Reported cases of Lyme disease have more than doubled since 1991, when Lyme became a nationally notifiable disease, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report also said 93 percent of reported cases were concentrated in 10 states.

ATSDR Press Release: Marine-Base Housing Contained Drinking Water Contaminated with Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) for Nearly 30 Years Says Federal Health Agency

Tue, 12 Jun 2007 10:00:00 EDT

ATLANTA - Water in the drinking water system for the Tarawa Terrace family housing area at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, affecting possibly 75,000 residents, was contaminated with tetrachloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning solvent, during the period November 1957 through February 1987, an analysis by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) concludes

CDC Media Update: XDR TB Public Health Investigation

Fri, 08 Jun 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the following update regarding its investigation and public health actions related to a patient with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB). CDC is recommending that passengers and crew on two trans-Atlantic flights taken by the patient be notified of potential exposure to tuberculosis and evaluated for TB...

CDC Announces Updated Information to help Physicians Recognize and Manage Concussions Early

Thu, 07 Jun 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Multimedia tool kit adds patient evaluation tool to improve early diagnosis...

CDC Media Update: XDR TB Public Health Investigation

Sat, 02 Jun 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the following update regarding its investigation and public health actions related to a patient with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB). CDC is recommending that passengers and crew on two trans-Atlantic flights taken by the patient be notified of potential exposure to tuberculosis and evaluated for TB...

Severe Weather Can Threaten Summer Fun, Safety and Health

Fri, 01 Jun 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Severe Weather Can Threaten Summer Fun, Safety and Health Seasonal Hazards Include Hurricanes, Extreme Heat and Wildfires, Soaring temperatures, summer storms, and drought conditions can all contribute to extreme weather...

Telebriefing update on CDC investigation into people potentially exposed to patient with extensively drug-resistant TB

Fri, 01 Jun 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director, Dr. Martin Cetron, Director, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, and Dr. Ken Castro, Director, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, CDC

Update on CDC investigation into people potentially exposed to patient with extensively drug-resistant TB

Wed, 30 May 2007 10:00:00 EDT

CDC Press Briefing - 2 p.m. ET TODAY

Public Health investigation seeking people exposed to extensively drug-resistant TB infected person

Tue, 29 May 2007 10:00:00 EDT

CDC Press Briefing - 2 p.m. ET TODAY

CDC Releases New Toolkit to Assist Humanitarian Workers Assess Reproductive Health Needs of Women Refugees

Tue, 29 May 2007 10:00:00 EDT

A new resource for health care officials working with women displaced from conflict-affected regions throughout the world was announced today by the CDC.

More U.S. Households Adopting Smoke-free Home Rules World No Tobacco Day is May 31

Thu, 24 May 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Nearly three out of four U.S. households do not allow smoking anywhere and any time in the home, according to a study in this week's issue of CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). This study, which uses data from...

CDC Report Finds Significant Differences in Stroke Prevalence Among U.S. States and Territories

Thu, 17 May 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Stroke prevalence varies widely from state to state, with some states and U.S. territories having more than double the stroke prevalence of others, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

U.S. Preparedness to Respond to Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Strengthened by CDC/CSTE Partnership

Tue, 15 May 2007 10:00:00 EDT

New three-day training course released online today May 15, 2007

INTERIM GUIDANCE ISSUED FOR THE USE OF FACEMASKS AND RESPIRATORS IN PUBLIC SETTINGS DURING AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC

Thu, 03 May 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released interim advice to the public about the use of facemasks and respirators in certain public (non-occupational) settings during an influenza pandemic....

CDC Issues Interim Guidance for the Use of Facemasks and Respirators in Public Settings During an Influenza Pandemic

Wed, 02 May 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Who: Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director CDC, WHEN: Thuday, May 3, 2007...

Overall Infant Mortality Rate in United States Largely Unchanged: Rates Among Black Women More than Twice that of White Women

Wed, 02 May 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The infant mortality rate in the United States in 2004 was 6.78 infant (under 1 year of age) deaths per 1,000 live births, not significantly different from the rate of 6.84 in 2003, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

Oral Health Improving for Most Americans, But Tooth Decay Among Preschool Children on the Rise

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Americans of all ages continue to experience improvements in their oral health. However, tooth decay in primary (baby) teeth increased among children aged 2 to 5 years...

National Infant Immunization Week Urges Parents to Vaccinate On Time

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 10:00:00 EDT

More Than Twenty Percent of Children Not Fully Protected Against Vaccine-Preventable Disease...

CDC Launches New Home Page and other Web Site Improvements

Thu, 19 Apr 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Usable Layout, New Search Engine and New Features Help People More Easily Find Information and Resources ...

National Influenza Vaccine Summit

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Dr. Julie Gerberding to Address National Influenza Summit Meeting in Atlanta to Address 2007 - 2008 Influenza Vaccine Issues...

CDC Disease Detectives Highlight Findings from Recent Investigations

Fri, 13 Apr 2007 10:00:00 EDT

56th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference...

CDC Media Briefing Preliminary FoodNet Data

Thu, 12 Apr 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Release of "Preliminary FoodNet Data on the Incidence of Infection with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly Through Food 10 States, United States, 2006" being published in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report...

CDC Changes Recommendations for Gonorrhea Treatment Due to Drug Resistance

Thu, 12 Apr 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Few Treatment Options Remain for One of Nation's Most Common STDs...

New Report Highlights Growing Foodborne Illness Challenges E. coli

Thu, 12 Apr 2007 10:00:00 EDT

A report released Thuday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a leveling of cases for some foodborne infections after a period of decline. For others, incidences of infection which had declined appear to be returning to earlier levels...

CDC Disease Detectives Highlight Findings from Recent Investigations

Wed, 11 Apr 2007 10:00:00 EDT

56th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference...

U.S. Tuberculosis Cases at All-Time Low; Drug Resistance Remains a Threat

Thu, 22 Mar 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Tuberculosis rates in the United States reached an all-time low in 2006, though progress to eliminate TB continued to slow. Drug-resistant TB, including extensively drug-resistant TB, presents significant challenges to treatment...

Acute Viral Hepatitis Cases Down

Thu, 15 Mar 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The three most common forms of acute viral hepatitis in the United States - hepatitis A, B and C - declined dramatically between 1995 and 2005, with hepatitis A and B at the lowest levels...

CDC Releases Safety Data on Rotavirus Vaccine Reported Intussusception Cases Fall Within Expected Range

Thu, 15 Mar 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released today new safety data on a recently licensed rotavirus vaccine given to infants that indicate the vaccine does not pose an elevated risk for intussusception...

National Immunization Conference to be held in Kansas City March 5-8, 2007

Tue, 27 Feb 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The Changing Face of Women's Health, an interactive exhibit, has returned to Atlanta. The exhibit explores menopause, society and body image, puberty, osteoporosis, breast health, heart disease...

The Changing Face of Women's Health Returns to Atlanta

Mon, 26 Feb 2007 10:00:00 EDT

CDC is holding the 41st annual National Immunization Conference to explore the latest developments in vaccine science, policy, education, and technology....

New Report Shows Decline in Stillbirths; Racial Disparities Persist

Wed, 21 Feb 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The rate of fetal deaths, also known as stillbirths, occurring at 20 weeks of gestation or more declined substantially between 1990 and 2003, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

CDC Report Provides First State-Specific Data on Persons Living with Heart Disease

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released a report that finds a wide range of variation in the prevalence of coronary heart disease (a narrowing of the arteries that feed the heart), heart attack and angina (chest pain that occurs when the heart does not get enough blood). The report provides the first ever information on the percentage of people living with heart disease...

CDC Releases New Data on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) from Multiple Communities in the United States

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported findings today from the first and largest summary of prevalence data from multiple U.S. communities participating in an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) surveillance project...

NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

Wed, 07 Feb 2007 10:00:00 EDT

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Nearly half of the more than 1 million Americans estimated to be living with HIV in the United States are African Americans...

HHS UNVEILS TWO NEW EFFORTS TO ADVANCE PANDEMIC FLU PREPAREDNESS

Thu, 01 Feb 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in cooperation with departments and agencies across the Federal Government, today announced two new efforts designed to improve state...

Small Changes in 1918 Pandemic Virus Knocks Out Transmission

Thu, 01 Feb 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Small Changes in 1918 Pandemic Virus Knocks Out Transmission Research Provides Clues for Assessing Pandemic Potential of New Influenza Viruses...

CDC Reports Binge Drinking Common Among High School Students

Mon, 08 Jan 2007 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced $3.7 million in new grants designed to enhance healthcare information in an effort to improve the detection and response to emerging public health threats...

CDC Reports Binge Drinking Common Among High School Students

Thu, 04 Jan 2007 10:00:00 EDT

Children and adolescents can now be protected against more diseases than ever before, according to the 2007 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedules released jointly today by the Centers for Disease Control...

CDC Reports Binge Drinking Common Among High School Students

Thu, 28 Dec 2006 10:00:00 EDT

New Studies Shed Light on Circumstances Associated with Violent Deaths Findings also include data on suicides, homicides, and homicide-suicides from 2003-2004...

New Studies Shed Light on Circumstances Associated with Violent Deaths

Mon, 18 Dec 2006 10:00:00 EDT

Binge drinking is common among high school students in the United States and is strongly associated with sexual activity, violence, and other risky behaviors, according to a new study...

State of Childhood Asthma, United States: 1980-2005

Tue, 12 Dec 2006 10:00:00 EDT

A new report on childhood asthma released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that death rates for asthma among children under age 18 have declined since 1999...

Training for Terrorism-Related Conditions in Hospitals

Mon, 11 Dec 2006 10:00:00 EDT

Teaching hospitals were better trained than other hospitals for bioterrorism, and Joint Commission accredited hospitals had prepared more of their physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and lab staff for such emergencies...

CDC Meeting Explores Community Strategies to Reduce Impact of Pandemic Influenza

Thu, 07 Dec 2006 10:00:00 EDT

The impact of pandemic influenza extends well beyond health and medical communities into many segments of society. Developing a pandemic influenza vaccine could take several months....

CDC Awards $11.4 Million to Develop New Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Avian Influenza

Mon, 04 Dec 2006 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today announced $11.4 million in new contracts to four companies working to develop new diagnostic tests that doctors and field epidemiologists could eventually use to quickly and accurately test patients for avian influenza H5N1 and other emerging influenza viruses...

CDC Conference Spotlights Environmental Health Effects of Hurricane Katrina

Mon, 04 Dec 2006 10:00:00 EDT

CDC Conference Spotlights Environmental Health Effects of Hurricane Katrina, Hazardous Waste and Climate Change Other Highlights to Include Addresses by...

World AIDS Day

Fri, 01 Dec 2006 10:00:00 EDT

Statement from Dr. Gerberding December 1, 2006...

New Report Shows Teen Births Drop To Lowest Level Ever

Tue, 21 Nov 2006 10:00:00 EDT

The teen birth rate in the United States fell to its lowest level ever in 2005, according to the latest birth statistics...

Public Health Thank You Day

Mon, 20 Nov 2006 10:00:00 EDT

Statement from Dr. Gerberding November 20, 2006

Falls Have Become the Leading Cause of Injury Deaths for Seniors

Thu, 16 Nov 2006 10:00:00 EDT

Falls Have Become the Leading Cause of Injury Deaths for Seniors CDC report reveals that men more likely to experience fatality than women...

New Report Finds Pain Affects Millions of Americans

Wed, 15 Nov 2006 10:00:00 EDT

One in four U.S. adults say they suffered a day-long bout of pain in the past month, and one in 10 say the pain lasted a year or more, according to the government's annual,...

CDC Names New Director for Health Promotion

Tue, 14 Nov 2006 10:00:00 EDT

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Julie Gerberding announced today the appointment of Kathleen Toomey, M.D., M.P.H.,...

CDC Announces Weeklong Event to Focus on the Importance of Influenza Vaccination

Mon, 13 Nov 2006 10:00:00 EDT

77 Million Doses of Vaccine Supply Delivered, with Record Numbers Expected by End of Year...

CDC Child Development Campaign Expands to Target More Than 400,000 Child Care Facilities Nationwide

Wed, 08 Nov 2006 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with a coalition of national partners, is launching a new phase of the "Learn the Signs. Act Early"...

CDC Launches "Get Informed. Get Diagnosed. Get Help." Campaign

Fri, 03 Nov 2006 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today launched a national public education and awareness campaign on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)...

CDC's Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Public Education and Awareness Campaign

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 10:00:00 EDT

Launch of new CDC campaign to increase awareness about chronic fatigue syndrome....

Decline in Adult Smoking Rates Stall

Thu, 26 Oct 2006 10:00:00 EDT

Millions of Nonsmoking Americans Remain Exposed to Secondhand Smoke...

CDC and Consumer Product Safety Commission Warn of Winter Home Heating Hazards

Thu, 26 Oct 2006 10:00:00 EDT

Dr. Howard Frumkin, director, National Center for Environmental Health, CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry...

CDC's Advisory Committee Recommends "Shingles" Vaccination

Thu, 26 Oct 2006 10:00:00 EDT

Atlanta The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a federal panel of immunization experts, has recommended people age 60 and older receive a new vaccine to prevent herpes zoster, or shingles, a condition that often leads to debilitating chronic pain...

CDC Urges Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities to Increase Efforts to Reduce Drug-Resistant Infections

Thu, 19 Oct 2006 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released new guidelines outlining strategies to prevent the spread of drug-resistant infections in healthcare settings...

CDC Awards $5.2 Million to Evaluate Community Strategies to Reduce Impact of Pandemic Influenza

Tue, 10 Oct 2006 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today announced $5.2 million in new cooperative agreements designed to evaluate the effectiveness of community-level measures that could be used during an influenza pandemic to reduce the spread of infection...

CDC Launches Multi-state Study on Autism; $5.9 Million Awarded to Five Sites.

Fri, 06 Oct 2006 10:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is initiating a multi-state collaborative study to help identify factors that may put children at risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Approximately 2,700 children, ages 2 to 5, and their parents will be part of this study...

CDC Influenza Expert Selected as Federal Employee of the Year

Wed, 27 Sep 2006 10:00:00 EDT

Growing up in a tiny town in rural Iowa, Nancy Cox dreamed of finding a way to combine her love of science with adventures traveling the world...

Almost Half of Hospitals Experience Crowded Emergency Departments

Wed, 27 Sep 2006 10:00:00 EDT

Between 40 percent and 50 percent of U.S. hospitals experience crowded conditions in the emergency department (ED) with almost two-thirds of metropolitan EDs experiencing crowding at times, according to a new report issued today by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

CDC Recommends Routine, Voluntary HIV Screening in Health Care Settings

Thu, 21 Sep 2006 12:00:00 EDT

New recommendations designed to increase early diagnosis of HIV infection as a pathway to improved treatment and prevention

People with Disabilities Are Less Healthy than those without Disabilities

Tue, 12 Sep 2006 15:30:00 EDT

New Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Health of People with Disabilities

More than 100 Million Doses of Influenza Vaccine Expected To Be Available This Year Almost all providers should have some vaccine in October

Wed, 06 Sep 2006 13:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that influenza (flu) vaccine manufacturers are expecting to produce and distribute more than 100 million doses of influenza vaccines in the United States between now and early January, 2007.

Annual Report to the Nation Finds Cancer Death Rates Continue to Drop; Lower Cancer Rates Observed in U.S. Latino Populations

Wed, 06 Sep 2006 10:00:00 EDT

A new report from the nation's leading cancer organizations finds that Americans' risk of dying from cancer continues to drop, maintaining a trend that began in the early 1990s. However, the rate of new cancers remains stable. The "Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2003, Featuring Cancer among U.S. Hispanic/Latino Populations" is published in the October 15, 2006, issue of Cancer

Quick Diagnosis of Flu Strains Possible with New Microchip Test

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 10:30:00 EDT

Scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a microchip-based test that may allow more labs to diagnose influenza infections and learn more about the viruses causing illness.

CDC and APHL Make Influenza Virus Sequence Data Publicly Accessible

Tue, 22 Aug 2006 13:30:00 EDT

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released genetic blueprints for over 650 genes of influenza viruses into a database accessible to researchers worldwide.

More Physicians Using Electrical Medical Records

Fri, 21 Jul 2006 12:30:00 EDT

CDCs National Center for Health Statistics is issuing a new Health E-Stat today entitled Electronic Medical Record use by Office-based Physicians: United States, 2005.

CDC's Advisory Committee Recommends Changes in Varicella Vaccinations

Wed, 21 Jun 2006 17:30:00 EDT

Second dose of varicella vaccine to offer more protection for children, adolescents, and adults

CDC's Advisory Committee Recommends Human Papillomavirus Virus Vaccination

Wed, 21 Jun 2006 14:30:00 EDT

CDC's Advisory Committee Recommends Human Papillomavirus Virus Vaccination Vaccine considered highly effective in preventing infections that are the cause of most cervical cancers.

Health Insurance for Children Improved in 2005; Overall Coverage Varies by State

Wed, 21 Jun 2006 11:30:00 EDT

New estimates of health insurance coverage and other major indicators of health and health care were released today in two new reports by the CDC. In addition to health insurance, the reports present the latest data on health habits, such as smoking, preventive health care including immunizations, and prevalence of diabetes, asthma and psychological distress.

Fewer High School Students Engage in Health Risk Behaviors; Racial and Ethnic Differences Persist

Thu, 08 Jun 2006 10:30:00 EDT

Fewer U.S. high school students are engaging in health risk behaviors compared to their counterparts from 15 years ago, according to the 2005 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fusarium Keratitis Update

Fri, 12 May 2006 14:30:00 EDT

As of May 12, 2006, CDC has received reports of 122 confirmed cases, 15 possible cases and 60 cases still under investigation from 33 U.S. states and territories. 75 reports include insufficient evidence to classify them as cases or carry other non-Fusarium diagnoses.

Thirteen Month Delay Between Evaluation and Autism Diagnosis in Children

Wed, 10 May 2006 14:00:00 EDT

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) may experience a 13-month delay before they are diagnosed. A study in the April autism supplement of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics released today, found that children diagnosed in metropolitan Atlanta were initially evaluated at an average of 4 years of age but were not diagnosed with an ASD until an average of 5 years 1 month.

Birth and Fertility Rates for States by Hispanic Origin Subgroups: United States, 1990 and 2000

Tue, 09 May 2006 14:00:00 EDT

The report, from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, is the first-ever comprehensive look at birth and fertility rates among the growing U.S. Hispanic population, and contains detailed findings by state showing trends in births and fertility rates among Hispanics in the United States in 1990 and again in 2000. The data are based on U.S. Census Bureau information, which is collected every 10 years.

Fusarium Keratitis Update

Fri, 05 May 2006 14:00:00 EDT

As of May 5, 2006, CDC has received reports of 102 confirmed cases, 12 possible cases and 81 cases still under investigation from 31 U.S. states and territories. 65 reports include insufficient evidence to classify them as cases or carry other non-Fusarium diagnoses.

CDC Invests $10 million for Research to Reduce Infections in Healthcare Settings

Thu, 04 May 2006 14:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced an award of $10 million for new research to five academic centers as part of its Prevention Epicenter grant program, which supports efforts to develop and test innovative approaches to reducing infections in healthcare settings.

CDC Disease Detectives Highlight Findings from Recent Investigations

Thu, 20 Apr 2006 14:00:00 EDT

WHAT: 55th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference WHO: The CDC Disease Detectives will present findings from recent investigations, including these: outbreak of norovirus gastroenteritis among river rafters in the Grand Canyon,outbreak of cryptosporidiosis associated with a recreational water spray park

CDC Releases National Recommendations to Improve Health of Babies and Moms

Thu, 20 Apr 2006 14:00:00 EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with more than 35 federal, public and private partners, today released national recommendations designed to encourage women to take steps toward good health before becoming pregnant.

CDC to Host First Diabetes and Obesity Conference

Thu, 20 Apr 2006 14:00:00 EDT

Diabetes and obesity have reached alarming rates in the United States. CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation and the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity are convening a national conference that will examine these issues and discuss ways to combat these illnesses through improving the environment, changing policies, building better health care systems, and helping individuals make lifestyle changes.

FEMA Region X

Wildfire Recovery Update: Federal Disaster Assistance May Surpass $170 Million

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:11:27 +0000

DUPONT, Wash. – After two record-breaking wildfire seasons burned over 1.6 million acres of the Evergreen State, Washington continues to make headway in its recovery, which may be spurred by $170 million in federal disaster assistance, according to officials with the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Wildfire Recovery Assistance for Washington Reaches $3.5 Million from FEMA

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 20:59:50 +0000

DUPONT, Wash. – Federal grants to help Washington recover from the state’s worst wildfire season have topped $3.5 million, according to officials with the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
 
“FEMA grants offer significant financial relief for hard-hit communities in Washington,” said State Coordinating Officer Kurt Hardin of EMD.
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Clackamas County Added to Oregon Disaster Declaration

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 20:12:15 +0000

SALEM, OR – Clackamas County has joined Douglas County, Oregon, as recent eligible entities for Federal disaster assistance as a result of the severe winter storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and landslides and mudslides occurring Dec. 6-23, 2015, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.

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Nearly $700,000 Awarded in FEMA Public Assistance Grants for Northern Idaho

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:23:55 +0000

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Federal grants to help northern Idaho communities recover from severe winter storms late last year have reached nearly $700,000, according to officials with the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (IBHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This figure is expected to continue to grow. The grants were made available under major presidential disaster declarations for a November windstorm and severe storms in December.

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Douglas County Added to Oregon Disaster Declaration

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 18:15:27 +0000

SALEM, OR – Federal disaster assistance has been extended to public entities in Douglas County as a result of the severe winter storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and landslides and mudslides occurring Dec. 6-23, 2015, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.

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Multiagency Team Addresses Post-Wildfire Dangers in Eastern Washington

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 20:45:59 +0000

DUPONT, Wash. – Washington suffered its worst wildfire season in state history in 2015. Raging fires burned more than one million acres of public and private lands. After two straight years of record-breaking wildfires, vast areas of the state face a much greater risk of flash flooding, debris flow and mudslides. But a team effort by all levels of government aims to reduce those threats to public safety.

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FEMA Awards $1.4 Million to Chelan County Public Utility District for Wildfire Assistance

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 23:03:59 +0000

DUPONT, Wash. – More than $1.4 million has been awarded to the Chelan County Public Utility District No. 1 to help reimburse the utility for costs to restore power to thousands of residents during the summer 2015 wildfires, according to officials from the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Deadlines Approaching for FEMA’s Public Assistance and Mitigation Programs

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:22:44 +0000

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Help is available for state agencies, local and tribal governments and eligible private nonprofits affected by storms in December that knocked out power, blocked roads and damaged infrastructure. Applicants in Benewah, Bonner and Kootenai counties have until March 2 to apply for assistance from the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (IBHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Oregon Declaration

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 03:39:54 +0000

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Oregon.

Assistance for the State, Tribal, and eligible local governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for State of Oregon

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 03:37:38 +0000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Oregon to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe winter storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of December 6-23, 2015.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Alaska Declaration

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 19:44:47 +0000

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Alaska.

Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for State of Alaska

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 19:38:22 +0000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Alaska to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe storm during the period of December 12-15, 2015.

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February 8 Deadline Approaching in First Step for Grants to Strengthen Communities

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 23:21:36 +0000

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – The Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (IBHS), in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is seeking applicants wanting grants to help build stronger, safer communities.

As a result of the Dec. 23, 2015, presidential disaster declaration for Idaho, cost-share grants will be available under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) for approved projects aimed at saving lives and property and promoting community resilience in future disasters.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Washington Declaration

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:09:27 +0000

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Washington.

Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for State of Washington

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:04:19 +0000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Washington to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, mudslides, and a tornado during the period of December 1-14, 2015.

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Idaho Receives Second Major Disaster Declaration in Six Weeks

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:39:14 +0000

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Local crews worked around the clock to restore power and clear roads after severe winter storms in December brought heavy snow and frigid temperatures to northern Idaho. As a result of President Obama’s February 1 disaster declaration, the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (IBHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be working to reimburse eligible applicants for costs incurred in keeping citizens safe and in cleaning up and repairing afterward.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Idaho Declaration

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:29:56 +0000

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Idaho.

Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for State of Idaho

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:19:51 +0000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Idaho to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe winter storms during the period of December 16-27, 2015. 

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Deadline is Friday to Submit Requests for Public Assistance following November Storm

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 22:47:55 +0000

 

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – State agencies – along with local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofit agencies – affected by the Nov. 17, 2015, severe storm in northern Idaho have until Friday to submit the paperwork needed to request reimbursement grants.

Submitting a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) with the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (IBHS) is the first step in applying for funds under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Washington Declaration

Sat, 16 Jan 2016 02:08:13 +0000

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Washington.

Assistance for the State and Affected Local and Tribal Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Washington

Sat, 16 Jan 2016 02:03:29 +0000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Washington to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of November 12-21, 2015.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Idaho Declaration

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:40:29 +0000

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Idaho.

Assistance for the State and Affected Local and Tribal Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Idaho

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:34:51 +0000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Idaho to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe storm and straight-line winds on November 17, 2015

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Multiagency Team Working to Reduce Erosion and Flooding Threat in Eastern Washington

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 20:52:27 +0000

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – Washington’s devastating 2014 and 2015 wildfire seasons put vast areas of the state at risk of erosion and flooding, posing additional dangers to residents and communities.  Today, a collaborative effort among all levels of government is finding ways to reduce that risk.

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FEMA Grants to Help Washington Communities Recover Costs from August Windstorm

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:04:50 +0000

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – As Washington responders pick up the pieces from the latest round of severe weather, specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD) are working with local and tribal officials to help communities recover from last summer’s severe wind event.

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