Other Infectious Diseases
"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 14, 2015
- Too few adults are getting the vaccines they need to protect against serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases.
- Healthcare providers should assess a patient’s vaccination status every visit and recommend any needed vaccines.
- Public health professionals can use and share these helpful CDC resources to improve adult immunization practice and to encourage adults to get vaccinated.
August 7, 2015
- Antibiotic-resistant germs cause more than 2 million illnesses and at least 23,000 deaths each year in the United States.
- National initiatives for infection control and antibiotic stewardship could prevent 619,000 antibiotic-resistant and Clostridium difficile infections over 5 years.
- A coordinated approach, where healthcare facilities and health departments work together, could prevent these life-threatening infections—according to this month’s Vital Signs.
June 26, 2015
- CDC and its partners are closely monitoring a MERS outbreak in the Republic of Korea, the largest known MERS outbreak outside the Arabian Peninsula.
- MERS is a respiratory illness that has caused fever, cough, and shortness of breath in most people who have the disease.
- Healthcare providers should evaluate patients suspected to have MERS using CDC’s guidelines and work with health departments to consider testing for patients under investigation.
April 3, 2015
- Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a very contagious disease that can cause babies to stop breathing—here’s what you need to know about preventing it.
- Infants are at greatest risk for getting whooping cough, so pregnant women should get vaccinated in the third trimester of each pregnancy.
- Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals can use CDC’s many educational resources to teach parents about vaccines for whooping cough and other childhood diseases.
October 24, 2014
- CDC has released updated guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used by healthcare workers during management of patients with Ebola virus disease in US hospitals, including procedures for putting on (donning) and removing (doffing).
- Starting October 27, public health authorities will conduct active post-arrival monitoring of all travelers whose travel originated in the Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea.
- CDC reminds healthcare workers to “Think Ebola” [PDF–149KB] by taking a detailed travel and exposure history for any patient with fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained hemorrhage.
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October 17, 2014
- Many children in almost every state are getting severe respiratory illnesses from enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) this year.
- Children with asthma are especially at risk for severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing and wheezing. See what all parents need to know about EV-D68.
- Healthcare providers should follow CDC guidance for identifying patients who may have EV-D68, testing of specimens, and reporting to health departments.
September 26, 2014
- Just one recreational water illness outbreak can sicken thousands.
- Recreational water illnesses are spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in pools, hot tubs, water parks, lakes, rivers, or oceans.
- You can use the new Model Aquatic Health Code to create or update pool codes and reduce the risk for recreational water illness outbreaks, drowning, and pool-chemical injuries.
August 29, 2014
- CDC, along with domestic and international public health partners, is responding in West Africa to one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history.
- Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with a sick person's blood or body fluids (urine, saliva, feces, vomit, or semen), contaminated objects (such as needles), or animals in Africa known to spread the disease (such as monkeys, apes, and bats).
- You can use CDC resources—including infographics, posters, and brochures—to promote awareness and correct misconceptions about the Ebola outbreak.
October 25, 2013
flu vaccine cannot cause the flu. The viruses in the vaccine are either killed or weakened, which means they cannot cause infection.
- If given during
pregnancy, the flu shot has been shown to protect both the mother and her baby (up to age 6 months) from flu.
- You can
take 3 steps to fight flu: get vaccinated, practice
healthy habits, and take
antiviral medications if prescribed.
October 18, 2013
- Obstetric and neonatal healthcare providers can quickly access patient-specific guidance on managing group B
Streptococcus (strep) infections with a new
CDC mobile app.
Group B strep can cause pneumonia, blood infections, and meningitis and is one of the most common causes of infectious illness and death for US newborns in the first week of life.
- You can download the free app from the
CDC iTunes App Store or access a
web version on your computer.
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.
May 4, 2012
- Norovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illness and outbreaks in the United States and causes nearly 800 deaths annually.
- More than 20 million people get norovirus illness each year, which causes diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain.
- CDC's new norovirus website and widget highlight the simple steps people can take to stop the spread of norovirus.