Disease of the Week
Learn key facts, prevention tips and take a quiz to test your knowledge about common and serious diseases for people of all ages.
Silence isn't always golden, especially when it comes to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. When power outages occur after severe weather (such as hurricanes or tornadoes), using alternative sources of power can cause CO to build-up in a home and poison the people and animals inside.
Called the nation's health protection agency, CDC Disease Detectives are working 24/7 to protect Americans from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. Whether it's a measles outbreak on a college campus or a global pandemic, disease detectives look for clues to help figure out what happened to cause the problem.
Anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhea. Gonorrhea can cause very serious complications when not treated, but can be cured with the right medication.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is a respiratory illness that affected many people worldwide in 2003. It was caused by a coronavirus, called SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). SARS was first reported in Asia in February 2003. The illness spread to 29 countries, where 8,096 people got SARS and 774 of them died. The SARS global outbreak was contained in July 2003. Since 2004, there have not been any known cases of SARS reported anywhere in the world.
Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the US. A stroke occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die. Stroke can affect your senses, speech, behavior, thoughts, memory, and emotions. One side of your body may become paralyzed or weak.
- Page last reviewed: January 18, 2017
- Page last updated: January 18, 2017
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