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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May 10, 2013
Hepatitis C can cause serious liver damage and even liver cancer, yet up to three in four people who have it don’t know they are infected.
- According to a new CDC report, baby boomers (adults born from 1945 through 1965) account for
67 percent of cases and 72 percent of deaths among people with hepatitis C.
- CDC offers
hepatitis C testing guidance for clinicians to help them identify people with the condition and link them to lifesaving medical care; CDC also offers
resources for the public.
March 22, 2013
- In 2012,
more than 9,000 people became sick with tuberculosis (TB) disease in the United States.
- March 24 is
World TB Day, raising awareness of this infectious disease and the need to improve testing and treatment among high-risk populations.
- CDC offers free TB
educational materials and
TB Personal Stories that highlight experiences of people treated for this life-threatening disease.
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.
March 23, 2012
- Today's children should
expect to see a world where no one gets sick with
TB rates in the United States are declining, yet nearly 9
million people around the world still get sick with TB disease
- Local coalitions in many states
are convening activities related to
World TB Day;
control office to learn more and get involved.