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Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since then, the virus has been infecting people from time to time, leading to outbreaks in several African countries. Learn more about Ebola virus here
Week of June 17, 2019

Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since then, the virus has been infecting people from time to time, leading to outbreaks in several African countries. Learn more about Ebola virus here.

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lgbt students
Week of June 10, 2019

CDC is committed to protecting and improving the health and quality of life of all youth. Sexual minority youth or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are a part of every community, every race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic class, and live in all parts of the United States. Learn more about health risks of LGBT students here.

Stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each year—that's 1 out of every 20 deaths. Most strokes are preventable. Learn more about stroke, the signs and symptoms, and how to prevent stroke here.
Week of June 3, 2019

Stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths. Most strokes are preventable. Learn more about stroke, the signs and symptoms, and how to prevent stroke here.

Grilling Safety
Week of May 27, 2019

Food poisoning peaks in the summer months when warmer temperatures cause foodborne germs to flourish. Follow these steps for a safe and enjoyable grilling season.

Swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. However, they are not risk-free. Learn more at CDC's Healthy Swimming website.
Week of May 20, 2019

Swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. However, they are not risk-free. Learn more at CDC’s Healthy Swimming website.

a family with dog sitting in front of a lake
Week of May 13, 2019

Studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners. Learn more about the health benefits of pet ownership at our “Healthy Pets, Healthy People” feature.

woman smiling and talking to friends
Week of May 6, 2019

More than 50% of Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. See our page for more information and resources about mental health.

man looking at computer
Week of April 26, 2019

In the United States, the most common types of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. While each can produce similar symptoms, each hepatitis virus has different routes of transmission and has different populations that are commonly affected. Are you at risk? Take our 5 minute risk assessment tool and get a personalized report here.

Vaccination is a highly effective, easy way to keep your family healthy. Print our easy vaccine guide and bring it to your next appointment, along with any questions you'd like to discuss.
Week of April 22, 2019

Vaccination is a highly effective, easy way to keep your family healthy. Print our easy vaccine guide and bring it to your next appointment, along with any questions you’d like to discuss.

April 18th is National Transgender HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Click here to learn more about the specific HIV/AIDS prevention challenges for transgender people and what CDC is doing to help.
Week of April 15, 2019

April 18th is National Transgender HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Click here to learn more about the specific HIV/AIDS prevention challenges for transgender people and what CDC is doing to help.

road blocked by flooding
Week of April 8, 2019

Floods, big or small, can have devastating effects on your home and your family. Take steps to reduce the harm caused by flooding.

baby in stroller smiling at mom
Week of April 1, 2019

By the age of 2 months, a baby should begin to smile at people. Learn more about important developmental milestones for children at our Learn the Signs. Act Early. website.

man coughing
Week of March 25, 2019

Symptoms of tuberculosis (TB) can include a bad cough that lasts three weeks or longer, or pain in the chest. Learn more about TB here.

father feeding his son
Week of March 18, 2019

Good nutrition starts early! By the time your child is 7 or 8 months old, he or she can eat a variety of foods from different food groups.

Girl at airport on cell phone
Week of March 11, 2019

Blood clots, also called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), can be a serious risk for some long-distance travelers. The longer you are immobile, the greater your risk of developing a blood clot.

Pregnant woman with her hands on her belly
Week of March 4, 2019

Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of many causes of birth defects that CDC is working to better understand. CMV can cause long-term problems, such as hearing loss, developmental and motor delays, vision loss, an abnormally small head, and seizures. Find out more about CMV.

In 2018, more than 1 in 4 high school students and about 1 in 14 middle school students used tobacco product in the past 30 days. Read our latest Vital Signs,
Week of February 25, 2019

In 2018, more than 1 in 4 high school students and about 1 in 14 middle school students used tobacco product in the past 30 days. Read our latest Vital Signs, “Tobacco Use By Youth is Rising.”

1 in 4 new prescriptions for blood pressure medications are never filled. Health care professionals can help patients take blood pressure medicines as directed with our Blood Pressure Communications Kit.
Week of February 11, 2019

1 in 4 new prescriptions for blood pressure medications are never filled. Health care professionals can help patients take blood pressure medicines as directed with our Blood Pressure Communications Kit.

girl on bench listening to music
Week of February 4, 2019

Quitting smoking improves your health and reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses. Download CDC’s free QuitGuide mobile app to start your quit plan now.

About 3 million Americans have glaucoma. Half of people with glaucoma don't know they have it. Learn more glaucoma facts here, and know your risks.
Week of January 28, 2019

About 3 million Americans have glaucoma. Half of people with glaucoma don’t know they have it. Learn more glaucoma facts here, and know your risks.

If stranded while driving in winter weather, tie a brightly colored cloth to the car antenna as a signal to rescuers. In adults, drowsiness is a sign of hypothermia. Learn more facts about winter safety on our Winter Weather Frequently Asked Questions page.
Week of January 22, 2019

If stranded while driving in winter weather, you should tie a brightly colored cloth to the car antenna as a signal to rescuers. In adults, drowsiness is a sign of hypothermia. Learn more facts about winter safety on our Winter Weather Frequently Asked Questions page.

woman working with petridish sample
Week of January 11, 2019

CDC is a leader in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance has the potential to impact all Americans at every stage of life. Find out what we are doing to help combat and slow this global threat.

CDC urges all women of reproductive age to take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day. Visit our page for free resources and learn more about the importance of folic acid.
Week of January 7, 2019

CDC urges all women of reproductive age to take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day. Visit our page for free resources and learn more about the importance of folic acid.

Page last reviewed: June 10, 2019