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  • Possible Zika Virus Infection Among Pregnant Women — United States and Territories, May 2016

    May 20, 2016
    In February 2016, CDC, in collaboration with state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments, launched two comprehensive surveillance systems to report and monitor pregnancies and congenital outcomes among symptomatic and asymptomatic women with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection in the United States and territories. As of May 12, 2016, there were 157 and 122 pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection residing in participating U.S. states and U.S. territories, respectively. This report launches the weekly reporting of pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection in U.S. states and territories. Monitoring all pregnant women with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy, whether asymptomatic or symptomatic, will enhance understanding of possible adverse outcomes and allow better estimates of the number of pregnancies at risk for adverse outcomes. This information will assist health care providers who counsel pregnant women and will facilitate planning services for affected families.

Current Weekly

  • Arthritis Awareness Month — May 2016

    	The figure above is a photograph showing two women engaging in water aerobics. The phrases: “Be active. Have fun. Reduce pain.” caption the image. May 20, 2016
    Of the approximately 52.5 million adults in the United States with arthritis, 22.7 million have arthritis-attributable activity limitation. The theme for this year’s observance of Arthritis Awareness Month is “See Arthritis.”

  • Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis at State and County Levels — United States, 2014

    	The figure above is a map of the United States showing age-standardized, model-predicted estimates of the percentage of adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, by county. May 20, 2016
    Doctor-diagnosed arthritis is a common chronic condition that affects approximately 52.5 million (22.7%) adults in the United States and is a leading cause of disability. CDC analyzed data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to estimate the prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis among adults at the state and county levels. This analysis found the prevalence of arthritis ranged from 18.8% to 35.5% among states and from 15.8% to 38.6% among counties.


Surveillance Summaries

  • Immediate Closures and Violations Identified During Routine Inspections of Public Aquatic Facilities — Network for Aquatic Facility Inspection Surveillance, Five States, 2013

    May 20, 2016
    This report presents inspection data on aquatic facility–associated waterborne disease outbreaks in the United States for 2013 that were reported by 16 public health agencies in five states (Arizona, California, Florida, New York, and Texas). The analysis focuses on 15 elements deemed critical to minimizing the risk for illness and injury associated with aquatic facilities. Although these data (the first and most recent that are available) are not nationally representative, 15.7% of the estimated 309,000 U.S. public aquatic venues are located in the 16 reporting jurisdictions. The findings provided in this report underscore the public health function that code enforcement, conducted by environmental health practitioners, has in preventing illness and injury at public aquatic facilities.

Recommendations and Reports


  • Development of the Community Health Improvement Navigator Database of Interventions

    FEBRUARY 26, 2016
    This report describes the development of the database of interventions included in the Community Health Improvement Navigator, released by CDC in 2015. The database allows the user to easily search for multisector, collaborative, evidence-based interventions to address the underlying causes of the greatest morbidity and mortality in the United States: tobacco use and exposure, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Hospital administrators can use the CHI Navigator’s database of interventions to select and implement evidence-based interventions that have been effective in similar communities with similar collaborators to develop plans to address problems identified in the triennial community health needs assessment, in alignment with the IRS requirements for tax-exempt status.

Notifiable Diseases