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Traveler's Health: 2012 London Olympics

A couple taking a photo in front of Big Ben in London

First released: July 12, 2012

CDC wants your travel experience to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games in London this summer to be healthy, safe, and memorable.

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Expanded Hepatitis C Testing Recommendations

More than 75 percent of American Adults with hepatitis c are baby boomers

First released: August 16, 2012

To identify more hidden infections, provide prompt and appropriate care and treatment, and avoid tens of thousands of hepatitis C-related illnesses and deaths, CDC now recommends that all U.S. baby boomers get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus.

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Study Detects Rabies Immune Response in Amazon Populations

Close-up photo of a vampire bat

First released: August 1, 2012

Some people living in two Amazon communities in Peru survived being exposed to rabies virus without receiving treatment, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with the Peruvian Ministry of Health.

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Multistate Outbreaks of Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Small Turtles

Red eared slider turtle

First released: September 7, 2012

Contact with reptiles (such as turtles, snakes, and lizards) and amphibians (such as frogs and toads) can be a source of human Salmonella infections. Salmonella germs are shed in the droppings of reptiles and amphibians and can easily contaminate their bodies and the water in tanks or aquariums where these animals live, which can spread to people.

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New CDC Vital Signs: High blood pressure is out of control for too many Americans

Know your blood pressure numbers: Check it.

First released: September 4, 2012

Nearly one in three American adults (67 million) has high blood pressure, and more than half of them (36 million) don’t have it under control.  High blood pressure contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths per day and accounts for nearly $131 billion in direct healthcare costs a year. There are many opportunities to gain control of this serious public health problem and using a team based approach can help.

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CDC Responds to Multistate Meningitis Outbreak

Dr. Benjamin Park, Surveillance Team Lead, updates the Incident Manager and colleagues on CDC activities in response to the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak.

First released: October 12, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are currently coordinating a multistate investigation of fungal infection among patients who received a steroid injection with a potentially contaminated product either into the spinal area or in a joint space, such as a knee, shoulder or ankle.

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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

A person looking through a magnifying glass

First released: October 11, 2012

While HIV poses a serious health threat to all Latinos, different Latino communities are impacted in different ways. In conjunction with National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15), CDC releases new data reinforcing that the epidemic among Latinos is as diverse as the community itself here in the United States.

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New CDC Vital Signs: CDC study shows 54 percent decrease in teen drinking and driving since 1991

One in ten teens in high school drink and drive

First released: October 4, 2012

The percentage of teens in high school (aged 16 or older) who drove when they had been drinking alcohol decreased by 54 percent between 1991 and 2011, according to a recent Vital Signs study. Nine out of 10 high school teens were not drinking and driving during 2011, the study reported.

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The Impact of Unsafe Injection Practices in U.S. Healthcare Settings

Vials and a syringe

First released: November 28, 2012

More than 150,000 patients have been impacted by unsafe injection practices since 2001. Breakdowns in proper infection control often involve providers reusing needles, syringes or single-dose medication vials, all of which are meant for one patient and one procedure.

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New CDC Vital Signs: HIV Among Youth

Vital Signs info graphic

First released: November 27, 2012

CDC’s latest Vital Signs Report shows more than half of young HIV-infected Americans are not aware of their status. Too many young people continue to become infected and few are tested for HIV. Overall, an estimated 12,200 new HIV infections occurred in 2010 among young people aged 13-24, with young gay and bisexual men and African-Americans hardest hit.

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New CDC Vital Signs: Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Severity

Vital Signs campaign poster

First released: November 14, 2012

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. Although breast cancer death rates declined in the past two decades with half of the decrease due to better screening and high-quality treatment, not all women have benefited from these improvements and breast cancer disparities continue, according to a recent Vital Signs study.

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Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2012

One in ten teens in high school drink and drive

First released: November 8, 2012

Infections caused by resistant bacteria have become more common, and many bacteria have become resistant to multiple antibiotics. This trend demands urgent action by patients, healthcare providers, facility administrators and health care insurers to preserve the last lines of defense against many of these germs.

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CDC 2012: A Year in Review

CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden

First released: December 20, 2012

CDC is known for outbreak response. We're known for being the first there, the best there, and being able to support our local and global partners in identifying problems and stopping them. We have America's back; we work to protect Americans from threats 24/7 and we work to help people lead longer, healthier, more productive lives by preventing heart attacks, cancer, stroke, diabetes and other leading causes of death.

Here’s a highlight of how CDC has been there for America and the world in 2012

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Give the Gift of Health and Safety: Healthy Living Holiday Tips

Family enjoying christmas

First released: December 12, 2012

The holidays are a time to celebrate, give thanks, and reflect. Give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others this holiday season by paying special attention to your health. To get started on your new year’s resolution early; follow these holiday tips and start living a healthier lifestyle.

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