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Week of October 27, 2014

If you are 50 to 74 years old, CDC recommends a screening mammogram every two years. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. Get more information.

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Week of October 20, 2014

CDC Develops a New, Faster Lab Test for Enterovirus D68. Get more information on the test and the virus.

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Week of October 14, 2014

CDC reminds you that every year, millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses that can cause coughing, sneezing, and fever. This year, the enterovirus that is most commonly causing respiratory illness in children across the country is enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68). Take basic steps to keep your child from getting and spreading EV-D68.

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Week of October 6, 2014

CDC reminds you that everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop full protection against the flu. Get vaccinated now to protect yourself and your loved ones! 

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Week of September 29, 2014

World Rabies Day is September 28. CDC encourages to take steps to keep yourself and your family free from rabies. Get the facts on rabies prevention and control.

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Week of September 22, 2014

CDC is working to detecting, prevent and control antibiotic resistance. Learn more about the ways the agency is supporting the President’s Executive Order and the White House National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

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Week of September 15, 2014

During Infant Mortality Awareness Month, CDC encourages you to learn more about infant mortality risk factors and take action to reduce the risk.

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Week of September 8, 2014

Would you be ready if there were an emergency? CDC remind you to be prepared. Visit our website.

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Week of September 2, 2014

As children head back to school, CDC says most parents are making sure that their children get vaccinated against potentially serious diseases. Learn more.

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Week of August 25, 2014

As CDC experts work 24/7 in response to the Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, they support the response in many different capacities. In an effort to get the worst Ebola outbreak in history under control, CDC is not only providing guidance to healthcare professionals but traveling back to West Africa to focus on stopping the spread of the disease. Read their stories.

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Week of August 18, 2014

Chickenpox vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your child from chickenpox. Learn about the CDC’s recommendations

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Week of August 11, 2014

CDC is working to stop the Ebola outbreak. Get the latest information.

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Week of August 4, 2014

As West Africa Ebola outbreak worsens, CDC issues Level 3 Travel Warning. CDC has 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. Get the latest information.

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Week of July 28, 2014

CDC has formed an external laboratory safety workgroup of the Advisory Committee to the Director of CDC. This group will provide advice and guidance to the CDC Director and CDC’s new Director of Laboratory Safety

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Mobile Apps

Week of July 21, 2014

Learn more about CDC’s apps. Mobile apps are an excellent way to deliver public health information.

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Week of July 14, 2014

The CDC has released an after-action report on the recent anthrax incident. The report highlights steps to improve laboratory quality and safety.

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The Lancet
Week of July 7, 2014

CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, and CDC Associate Director for Science Harold Jaffe, MD, are co-authors of a commentary article capping a special July 4 issue of The Lancet - The Health of Americans - featuring articles by CDC scientists. Find out more on how Americans can get a better return on their health care investments.

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Week of July 1, 2014

The Million Hearts initiative announces the launch of a new Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Resource Center, developed in partnership with CDC and Eating-Well magazine. The resource center features lower-sodium, heart-healthy recipes and family-friendly meal plans, with an emphasis on  managing sodium intake, a major contributor to high blood pressure and heart disease. 

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Week of June 23, 2014

National HIV Testing Day is June 27. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care and that some people with risk factors get tested more often. Find out more about testing recommendations.

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Week of June 16, 2014

CDC works to prevent violence before it occurs. World Elder Abuse Prevention Day recognizes that each year, hundreds of thousands of adults over the age of 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited. Get more information on elder abuse prevention.

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Week of June 9, 2014

If you live in coastal areas at risk, CDC encourages you to begin preparing yourself for hurricane season . The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 each year. Check out the hurricane preparedness tips.

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Week of June 2, 2014

Smoking has been the number one cause of preventable death and disease in this country for decades. CDC just celebrated World No Tobacco Day. Learn more about this event sponsored by the World Health Organization.

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Week of May 27, 2014

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. CDC urges you to learn the signs of a stroke. Learn more here

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Week of May 19, 2014

Having fun while you swim this summer means knowing how to prevent recreational water illnesses (RWIs) and injuries. The week before Memorial Day, marks the tenth annual Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week. Learn how to stay healthy and safe while enjoying the water!

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Week of May 15, 2014

Each year, an estimated 50,000 individuals become infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the United States. Learn more at CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds Presents: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for Prevention HIV Infection, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., EDT. A live external webcast will be available.

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Middle Eastern Repiratory Syndrome
Week of May 5, 2014

On May 2, 2014, the first confirmed case of MERS-CoV was reported in a traveler to the United States.
This is the only confirmed case in the United States. CDC is working very quickly to investigate this first US case of MERS and respond to minimize the spread of this virus. We expect to learn much more in the coming hours and days. We will share updated information through the CDC MERS website.

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Week of April 28, 2014

CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention conducts research and programs to better understand the problem of child maltreatment and to prevent it before it begins.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Budget
Week of April 21, 2014

On a Budget? CDC suggests these free or low-cost ways to be healthy and save money at the same time.

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Week of April 14, 2014

April is Minority Health Month and CDC is highlighting prevention strategies and actions leading to Health Equity. This year's theme, Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities. Learn more about CDC Actions in support of the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities.

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Dr. Frieden
Week of April 4, 2014

CDC Supports APHA National Public Health Week
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. Read more.

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Week of March 31, 2014

1 in 68 children were identified with autism spectrum disorder. Read more about CDC’s new data on autism spectrum disorder and learn what you can do to help.

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Week of March 24, 2014

World TB Day, March 24, brings renewed awareness to this life-threatening disease. CDC’s TB Personal Stories project features real people and their experiences of being diagnosed and treated for latent TB infection or TB disease. Learn more.

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Week of March 17, 2014

Explore the role of CDC, WHO and other partners in combating tuberculosis. Watch CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds, “Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis: New Tools to Tackle New Challenges from an Old Foe,” Tuesday, March 18, 2014, from 1-2 p.m., EDT. Watch the live broadcast at either of the following links:

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Week of March 10, 2014

To protect hospital patients and preserve the power of antibiotics, CDC strongly recommends hospitals to adopt a stewardship program that can stop deadly infections.

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Week of March 3, 2014

CDC’s Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance Tracking and Research Network is the only population-based muscular dystrophy tracking program in the United States. This program addresses gaps in public health research of muscular dystrophy.

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Week of February 24, 2014

February is American Heart Month. CDC helps you learn about your risks for heart disease and stroke and stay "heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones. On the words learn about your risks.

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Week of February 17, 2014

Watch CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds, "Preventing Youth Violence" which will be held on February 18, at 1:00 p.m. (EST). 

For more, visit. Watch the live broadcast at either of the following links:

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Week of February 10, 2014

CDC wants you to buckle up. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children in the US. Buckling up is the best way to save lives and reduce injuries. Learn more.

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Week of February 3, 2014

CDC wants you to know the risks of smoking. Dramatic new TV ads that show the harms of smoking are airing across the country beginning February 3, with CDC's 2014 Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) campaign. If you smoke, the real people who tell their stories can inspire you to quit for good. More than 100,000 people are now smoke-free, thanks to earlier Tips ads. Learn more.

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Week of January 27, 2014

CDC wants you to stay safe and healthy in winter. Check for helpful tips here.

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Week of January 21, 2014

CDC helps fight birth defects.

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Did you know that every 4 ½ minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States? Help increase awareness in your community. Learn more.

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Week of January 13, 2014

CDC cautions you to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

When power outages occur after severe weather (such as winter storms), using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside. CO poisoning is entirely preventable. You can protect yourself and your family by acting wisely in case of a power outage and learning the symptoms of CO poisoning. For more information, please visit.

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Week of January 6, 2014

CDC Encourages You to Make 2014 a “Healthy You Year.”

Find ways to boost your health, fitness, and well-being, and be an inspiration to others! Need inspiration to get started? Meet three people who changed their health habits—and their lives. They lost weight, became active, gained energy, and grew in self-confidence. Here are their stories and tips for making healthy living easier. They say if they can do it, you can too!

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CDC has released an update to Solve the Outbreak, the popular, free iPad app that puts you in the shoes of a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service.
The app now has 12 outbreaks, giving you the opportunity to climb the ranks and achieve your Disease Detective badge. The immensely popular app, with more than 31,000 downloads, has fans clamoring for more. So if you've been stuck as a Senior Specialist, now's your chance to work your way through the new outbreaks to earn more badges and new achievements.

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Week of December 23, 2013
Follow 12 CDC recommended tips for self-care this season. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays. See 12 health tips to light up your holidays.

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Photo: Abstract image with a dental themeWeek of December 16, 2013
Watch CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds, "Community Water Fluoridation: A Vital 21st Century Public Health Intervention." It will be held on December 17, at 1:00 p.m. (EST).

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You can be a disease detective.
CDC has released an update to Solve the Outbreak, the popular, free iPad app that puts you in the shoes of a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service. The app now has 12 outbreaks, giving you the opportunity to climb the ranks and achieve your Disease Detective badge.

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International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesWeek of December 2, 2013

CDC operates on the principle that people with disabilities are best served by Public Health when they are included in mainstream public health activities.
Around the world, people with disabilities face physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers that exclude them from participating fully and effectively as equal members of society. December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year's theme is “break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all.”

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CDC and PEPFAR celebrate a decade of success in fighting global HIV/AIDSWeek of November 25, 2013

CDC and PEPFAR celebrate a decade of success in fighting global HIV/AIDS.
As a science-based public health and disease prevention agency, CDC provides support to more than 70 countries to strengthen their national HIV/AIDS programs and build sustainable public health systems through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

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Measles continues to be brought into the U.S., CDC recommends that children get two dosesWeek of November 11, 2013

Measles continues to be brought into the U.S.
So far in 2013, more than 100 people in the United States have been reported. CDC recommends that children get two doses—the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose before entering school at 4 through 6 years of age.

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Health is a Human Right exhibition in the David J. Sencer CDC museum.Week of November 11, 2013

A compelling new exhibition in the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, the Health Is a Human Right exhibit looks back through history at how minority groups have experienced health problems differently.
The World Health Organization defines social determinants of health as the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work and age, and access to health care. These circumstances are in turn shaped by a wider set of forces: economics, social policies, and political will.

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Photo of family playing outside with baby.Week of November 4, 2013

CDC's Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is a dynamic surveillance system that provides information and data about environmental hazards and the health problems that may be related to them.
Data in the National Tracking Network comes from 24 funded state and local health departments, CDC programs, and other government agencies.

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Flu Fact: people with the flu can spread it to others up to six feet away Week of October 28, 2013

Vaccine safety is closely monitored by CDC and the FDA.
Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop an immune response.

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Photo: Bag of groceriesWeek of October 21, 2013

FoodCORE is a program supported by CDC that helps states detect and respond to multistate foodborne disease outbreaks.
Each year, foodborne diseases cause illness in 1 in 6 Americans (or about 48 million people), resulting in about 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths FoodCORE centers work together to develop new and better methods to detect, investigate, respond to, and control multistate outbreaks of foodborne diseases.

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Photo: Bottles of wine and liquor Week of September 16, 2013

CDC recently reported that 1 in 8 women and 1 in 5 high school girls binge drink, increasing their risk of breast cancer, heart disease, sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy.

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Photo Adult woman tickling a young childWeek of September 9, 2013

CDC raises awareness of Sickle Cell Disease across the country, including sharing new resources, research, and treatment advances to improve the lives of people with SCD.

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Photo: Dog sitting on a lawnWeek of September 3, 2013

CDC recommends against feeding raw food to dogs and cats because of the risk of illness to the pet as well as to people living in the household. Pet food can make pets and people sick.
 

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Photo: FirefighterWeek of August 26, 2013

As wildfires burn in the western US, CDC has tips to help you protect yourself from wildfire smoke.
 

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Photo: Young girl playing the violin Week of August 19, 2013

CDC helps you take charge of your diabetes.

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CDC Health Information for International Travel - 2014Week of August 12, 2013

CDC helps keep you safe when you travel
CDC’s Yellow Book helps business travelers and their doctors prepare for international trips by providing key health information and recommendations for staying safe and healthy while abroad. The Yellow Book is published every two years.

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Photo: MosquitoWeek of August 6, 2013

CDC works to protect yourself from diseases caused by mosquitoes
CDC recommends a variety of effective repellents.

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Week of July 30, 2013

CDC investigates foodborne illnesses
CDC is collaborating with public health officials in several states and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A virus infections linked to pomegranate seeds from Turkey. While foodborne hepatitis A outbreaks are not common in the United States, our global food chain makes outbreaks possible.

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Photo: Planet earthWeek of July 22, 2013

Learn what CDC is doing to prevent and adapt to the possible health effects of climate change.

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Photo: Two older adultsWeek of July 15, 2013

CDC has created a preparedness guide and web portal to help states, communities and partners plan for and protect vulnerable and older adults in all hazardous emergencies.
Older adults are especially vulnerable as they are more likely to have multiple chronic conditions, cognitive and physical disabilities.

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Drug FactsWeek of July 8, 2013

A new CDC Vital Signs shows women are dying from prescription painkiller overdoses at rates never seen before.
Learn how you can help stop this growing epidemic.

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Photo: Young boy eating at a picnicWeek of July 2, 2013

CDC says food safety is a winnable battle
If you are planning or participating in a family reunion over the Fourth of July, follow these tips to make sure your get-together is safe and healthy.

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CDC logoWeek of June 24, 2013

CDC provides infection prevention recommendations to fight HAIs.
CDC supports state-based programs to help prevent the 1.7 million healthcare-associated infections in hospitals that cause 99,000 deaths annually and cost between $28-33 billion each year.

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Graphic: Take Charge of your DiabetesWeek of June 17, 2013

CDC Fights Diabetes.
Workers with diabetes average two or more work days absent per year than workers without diabetes. Absenteeism costs are reduced by approximately $2.73 for every dollar spent on workplace wellness programs.

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Photo: Accident sceneWeek of June 10, 2013

CDC works to reduce motor vehicle-related incidents, consistently the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the United States.
CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Center for Motor Vehicle Safety conducts research on truck design, driver characteristics and behaviors, and in-vehicle technology, contributing to prevention of large-truck crashes, which affect public safety and cost the US economy $48 billion in 2009.

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Outbreak Response TeamWeek of June 4, 2013

CDC investigate outbreaks of foodborne, waterborne, and other enteric illnesses in the US.
CDC’s Outbreak Response Team collaborates with a national network of epidemiologists and other public health officials. In 2012, CDC monitored between 16 and 57 potential food poisoning clusters each week and investigated more than 200 multistate clusters. These investigations led to the recalls of 300 products.

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Two CDC lab workersWeek of May 27, 2013

CDC plays a pivotal role in public health preparedness for catastrophic events
Through CDC’s Cities Readiness Initiative, which focuses on preparedness in the nation’s densely populated metropolitan areas, state and large metropolitan public health departments have developed plans to rapidly respond to a large-scale bioterrorist event.

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Photo: Worker in a hazard suitWeek of May 20, 2013

CDC played a pivotal role identifying cases of anthrax
In 2001, CDC played a pivotal role identifying cases of anthrax, tracking exposures, and developing a response to treat the 32,000 individuals who were, or may have been, exposed. The anthrax bioterrorism attack of 2001 resulted in 5 deaths, 22 illnesses and economic costs exceeding $1 billion. The projected economic costs of a city-wide release of a bioterrorist agent like anthrax would reach beyond $1.8 trillion, resulting in illnesses and deaths, antibiotic treatment, decontamination and work disruption.

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Photo: Montage of facesWeek of May 13, 2013
CDC leads the National Tobacco Control Program
CDC leads the National Tobacco Control Program facilitating national efforts to reduce tobacco use, which causes more than 400,000 deaths per year, and costs $193 billion annually (nearly $96 billion in direct medical costs and an additional $97 billion in lost productivity).

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CDC leads workplace safety research
CDC leads workplace safety research, health hazard evaluations, and programs including the Total Worker Health Program, to help reduce occupational injuries and illnesses, which cost employers approximately $74 billion in workers’ compensation insurance in 2009.

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Photo: First responders getting vaccinatedWeek of April 29, 2013
CDC supports state and local preparedness activities:
CDC supports state and local preparedness activities through funding and technical assistance. For example, CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreement has provided over $9 billion in funding since 2002 to state, local and territorial public health departments to build and strengthen their ability to respond effectively to public health emergencies. In response to the 2009 influenza pandemic, CDC administered $1.4 billon to upgrade state and local preparedness and response capacity.

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MosquitoWeek of April 22, 2013

World Malaria Day April 25:
As we mark World Malaria Day April 25, did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has its roots in malaria? It was founded July 1, 1946 as the successor to the World War II Malaria Control in War Areas program. CDC is specifically directed by Congress to provide leadership in the areas of monitoring, evaluation, surveillance, and operational research for malaria.

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Photo: two girls dressed  in HijabWeek of April 15, 2013

CDC is available 24-7, Saving Lives, Protecting People
CDC helps other countries rapidly find, identify, and quickly control new diseases and bioterrorist threats. For more information visit CDC’s Global Disease Detection Program.

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Photo: Microsope image of ebolaWeek of April 8, 2013

CDC studies highly infectious viruses, including those which cause hemorrhagic manifestations in humans.
In 1976 CDC investigated two outbreaks of an unknown deadly hemorrhagic fever, later called Ebola. To see a listing of Ebola outbreaks from 1976 to the present.

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Logo: Natinal Public Health weekWeek of April 1, 2013

It’s National Public Health Week.
CDC is the nation's health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. CDC increases the health security of our nation.

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Photo: Family of three embracing each otherWeek of March 25, 2013

The CDC’s Vision for the 21st Century is “Health Protection…Health Equity”.
What is CDC doing to advance this mission?

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Photo: David Senser MuseumWeek of March 18, 2013

The David J. Sencer CDC Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate.
The CDC museum was established in 1996 and renamed the David J. Sencer CDC Museum in 2011 to honor the longest-serving CDC Director.

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Photo: VaccinationWeek of March 11, 2013

CDC works to ensure that all vaccines are safe whether you receive a shot in the US or anywhere in the world.
Monitoring health problems after vaccination is essential to ensure the US continues to have the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history.

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Photo: Health worker with a breathing  mask onWeek of March 4, 2013

CDC and its partners continue to monitor SARS globally.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was first reported in Asia in 2003 and CDC immediately began working to identify, track, and treat cases.

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Graphic: Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication logoWeek of February 25, 2013

CDC helps partners and stakeholders in preparing for, responding to and recovering from the threat of bioterrorism, emergent diseases, and other hazards.
CDC created the Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) training program in 2002. CERC training has been conducted in all 10 HHS Regions and 15 countries.

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Graphic: Vital Signs logoWeek of February 18, 2013

CDC tracks and reports state-by-state rates of colorectal cancer.
A CDC report says that rates of new cases and deaths of colorectal cancer are decreasing and more adults are being screened.

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Photo: Two lab workersWeek of February 11, 2013

CDC regulates the possession, use, and transfer of biological agents and toxins that could pose a severe threat to public health and safety via the Select Agent Program.
This program has greatly enhanced the nation's oversight of the safety and security of select agents and is overseen by the Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT), located in CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR).

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Photo: Man working with toxic smokeWeek of February 4, 2013

CDC/NIOSH provides national and world leadership to prevent workplace illnesses and injuries.
CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health works to identify and track the association between occupational exposures and cancers.

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Photo: Group of young adultsWeek of January 28, 2013

CDC looks for motivated students, graduates, and health professionals for a variety of exciting public health training programs.
CDC offers public health training fellowships for everyone from high school students to trained professionals.

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Photo: Salad greensWeek of January 21, 2013

CDC helps you protect yourself from E. coli infections.
Food regulators use CDC data to improve food handling and production standards for foods that can be contaminated by E. coli 0157. Outbreaks of E. coli infections under investigation by CDC.

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Photo: Young adult with an inhalerWeek of January 14, 2013

CDC’s National Asthma Control Program is a driving force in asthma control.
Nearly 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma. Follow this link for more information about CDC’s asthma control programs.

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Photo: Two young girls with puppiesWeek of January 7, 2013

CDC provides information about the health concerns of owning and caring for animals.
On the "Healthy Pets Healthy People" website you can browse by animal or by disease.

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Graphic: Cover for the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence SurveyWeek of December 31, 2012

Sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are important and widespread public health problems in the United States
CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey collects information on partner and sexual violence and stalking. Review the survey.

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Photo: Woman wih handcuffs onWeek of December 24, 2012

CDC fights the spread of infectious disease in crowded populations, for example in prisons
CDC provides recommendations and guidance for detecting, treating, and tracking infectious diseases in prisons.

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Photo: Legionnaires virusWeek of December 17, 2012

CDC’s disease detectives protect America when new diseases strike
CDC’s discovery of the causes of Legionnaires’ Disease (1968) and Toxic-Shock Syndrome (1980), helped protect people and saves lives from these health threats.

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Photo: Lab workerWeek of December 10, 2012

CDC's work around the world keeps America safe from health threats 
For more than 60 years CDC’s scientific expertise has been called upon to help save lives and limit the spread of disease around the world. CDC has more than 304 workers in 50-plus countries.

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Photo: Four family memebersWeek of December 3, 2012

CDC tracks blood safety for patients with rare disorders
A new CDC program monitors blood safety for people with Thalassemia, a group of genetic blood disorders; the most severe, Cooley's Anemia. CDC is tracking blood safety for thalassemia patients, and establishing a network of specialized health-care centers to manage the disease, treat it, and prevent patient complications.

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Photo: Sick childWeek of November 26, 2012

CDC helps protect children from overdoses of cold/cough medicines
CDC’s discovered that children’s cold/cough medicines cause thousands of overdoses a year. These findings led drug companies to voluntarily change the labels on these products.

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Graphic: CDC 24/7 logoWeek of November 19, 2012

CDC protects Americans from infections during dental visits
In 1990, CDC reported the possible transmission of HIV from a dentist to a patient in Florida during an invasive procedure. This led to CDC guidelines that now help keep people safe with protection between dental staff and patients, and proper cleaning of instruments and equipment. Read the original report.

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Photo: Elderly couple, smilingWeek of November 12, 2012

CDC works to prevent falls among older adults
Each year, one in three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head injuries, and can increase the risk of early death. CDC is helping protect older adults by supporting proven programs and providing information to both individuals and health care providers.

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Graphic: United States map with weapon stockpile informationWeek of November 5, 2012

CDC protects communities and workers from stockpiled weapon threats
CDC oversees the Army’s destruction of the nation’s stockpiled chemical weapons to make sure these are destroyed in a way that protects workers and keeps communities safe.

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Graphic: Take Charge; Take the TestWeek of October 29, 2012

CDC is helping keep newborns safe from HIV infection
In 1998, CDC research found that treating HIV-infected pregnant women with a short course of AZT could reduce the risk of prenatal HIV transmission by over 50 percent. This saves countless lives in American and around the world.

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Photo: Quarantine stationWeek of October 22, 2012

CDC protects America from outbreaks of infectious diseases
There are 20 US Quarantine Stations, staffed with CDC quarantine public health officers. They help prevent the introduction of infectious diseases into the US by responding to illnesses in travelers arriving in the United States, screening cargo and animals that may pose a risk to human health, and working closely with partners at entry points to the United States.

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Graphic: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) logoWeek of October 15, 2012

CDC takes the health pulse of the nation
CDC’s has produced the health statistics reporting for America from its National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) since the early 1960s. The surveys determine the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the U.S. and are the basis for national measurement standards such as height, weight, and blood pressure. Review the latest survey results.

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Photo: CigarettesWeek of October 8, 2012

CDC works to protect Americans from the health threats of tobacco use
Did you know that 443,000 Americans die of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke each year? For every smoking-related death, another 20 people suffer with a smoking-related disease. CDC offers tools and resources on quitting smoking.

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Graphic: Doctor and nurse iconsWeek of October 1, 2012

CDC is helping to drive down health-care related infections
People getting medical care can catch serious infections called health care-associated infections. CDC helps monitor and prevent these infections which are an important threat to patient safety and recovery. Its recommendations for preventing many hospital-related infections help keep patients safe around the use of catheters and surgical sites.

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Graphic: World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program logoWeek of September 24, 2012

CDC supports the health of responders and others affected by the 9/11 attacks.
CDC administers the government’s program to provide health monitoring and treatment for responders and others harmed by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, stimulates new research on health effects associated with the attacks, and anticipates the long-term health needs of those we serve.

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Graphic: Breast and cervical cancer screening campaign logoWeek of September 17, 2012

CDC helps to provide access to breast and cervical cancer screening services to underserved women in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 5 U.S. territories, and 12 tribes.

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Photo: Young boy staringWeek of September 10, 2012

CDC tracks Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and estimates that 1 in 110 U.S. children, on average, have an ASD.

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Photo:A  Couple runningWeek of September 3, 2012

CDC invites organizations interested in offering a lifestyle change program to prevent type-2 diabetes to become a part of the Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program.

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Photo: CDC lab workerWeek of August 27, 2012

CDC’s online Public Health Image Library (PHIL) includes photos, illustrations, and multimedia files free for downloading.

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Photo CDC lab workerWeek of August 20, 2012

CDC helps other countries rapidly find, identify, and quickly control new diseases and bioterrorist threats.

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Photo: CDC Arctic Investigations Program buildingWeek of August 13, 2012

CDC works with scientists in Russia, Scandinavian countries, and other Arctic Circle regions to focus on disease concerns at the top of the globe.

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Photo: Airplane flying over palm treesWeek of August 6, 2012

CDC lets people know if they have been exposed to certain communicable diseases while traveling on an airplane.

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Graphic: Dollar sign with health monitor graphics superimposed over itWeek of July 30, 2012

CDC trains public health economists on how to help determine which public health programs and decisions are good investments.

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Photo: Bombing device with a timerWeek of July 16, 2012

CDC developed guidelines and system-wide solutions to address surge needs of injured patients after a bombing or mass casualty events.

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Photo: CDC health worker administering polio vaccineWeek of July 9, 2012

In 1950 CDC conducted its first investigation of a polio outbreak in Paulding County, Ohio. View more information on the history of polio eradication.

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Photo: Truck with vaccine cargoWeek of July 2, 2012

CDC stockpiles and provides antibiotics, vaccines, chemical antidotes and other supplies, which can be released in just a few hours, from its Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).

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Photo: Cholera bacteriaWeek of June 25, 2012

In 1958 the first CDC Disease Detectives went overseas to Southeast Asia to investigate an epidemic of cholera and smallpox.

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Photo: SyringeWeek of June 18, 2012

CDC carefully watches what influenza viruses are circulating and each year helps select the viruses that will be used to make the next season’s vaccines.

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Graphic: Computer model of a virusWeek of June 11, 2012

Each week, CDC tracks and shares information about more than 60 different diseases with reports we get from the states. Access the latest annual summary of these diseases.

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Photo: Periodic table of elements symbol for Lead, PbWeek of June 4, 2012

In the United States, approximately 95% of elevated blood lead levels in adults are work related.

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Photo: Cruise shipWeek of May 28, 2012

CDC inspects cruise ships and posts the inspection scores online. Check the latest ratings.

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Photo: SalmonellaWeek of May 21, 2012

CDC works to find out what germs may be hiding in foods and making us sick.

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Photo: Woman receiving a vaccinationWeek of May 14, 2012

CDC studies demonstrated that treating HIV-infected pregnant women with a short course of AZT could reduce the risk of prenatal HIV transmission by over 50%.

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Photo: Two men working with toxic smokeWeek of May 7, 2012

CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health works to identify and track the association between occupational exposures and cancers.

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Photo: Lab workerWeek of April 30, 2012

CDC provides information about developmental milestones and screening for all children.

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