August 2012 Archive
"Did You Know?" is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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August 31, 2012
Nearly 1,600 cases and 65 deaths (as of August 29, 2012) from West Nile virus have been reported in the United States this year, the highest year on record since 1999.
- West Nile virus can lead to
severe health complications, including meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis, and even death.
- CDC has a number of
health education materials public health professionals can use to inform the public about how to protect themselves from West Nile virus.
August 17, 2012
- CDC recently revised its
gonorrhea treatment guidelines because the oral antibiotic cefixime is becoming less effective in treating this sexually transmitted disease.
Gonorrhea affects over 700,000 people annually and can lead to life-threatening ectopic pregnancy and infertility—caused by
pelvic inflammatory disease—and increase the likelihood of HIV transmission.
- There are
important steps [PDF-214KB] state and local health departments and others can take to address the potential threat of drug-resistant gonorrhea.