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CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden

Making Health Care Safer

Dr. Frieden

Stop Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

We're at a tipping point: an increasing number of germs no longer respond to the drugs designed to kill them. Inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics and lack of infection control actions can contribute to drug resistance and put patients at risk for deadly diarrhea (caused by C. difficile).

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The Road to Zero: CDC’s Response to the West African Ebola Epidemic, 2014–2015

The 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the first in history. The first case was reported in Guinea in March 2014, and the disease spread in the neighboring countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone. Over the span of a year, the Ebola epidemic has caused more than ten times as many cases of Ebola than the combined total of all those reported in previous Ebola outbreaks.

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Spotlight: Today’s Heroin Epidemic

  Today’s Heroin Epidemic

Heroin use more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25 in the past decade. More than 9 in 10 people who used heroin also used at least one other drug.

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