These features provide information on how to prevent illnesses caused by germs in food, water, and some places in the environment and germs spread through contact with animals.

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Food Safety


Food Safety Basics
Food safety practices: wash hands, separate raw meat and produce, cook to safe temperature, refrigerate perishables

Fast Facts About Food Poisoning

Learn how to prevent it, who is more likely to get it, and when to see a doctor. Español


Eating Out and Food Delivery
Inside of a restaurant

Food Safety and Eating Out

When choosing a restaurant, look for one that keeps food safety on the menu. Español | Kreyòl

Food Delivery Safety

Make sure subscription meal kits and grocery deliveries are handled safely to prevent food poisoning. Español


Foods and Germs
Some foods that can cause food poisoning, including chicken, lettuce, and ground beef

Chicken and Food Poisoning

Eating undercooked chicken can make you sick. Learn how to handle and prepare it safely. Español

E. coli and Food Safety

Some kinds of E. coli can make you sick. Find out how to lower your chance of infection. Español

Fruit and Vegetable Safety

Fruits and vegetables provide important health benefits. Learn how to select and prepare them safely. Español

Lettuce, Other Leafy Greens, and Food Safety

Leafy greens can get contaminated with harmful germs. Read our questions and answers. Español

Oysters and Vibriosis

You can get very sick from eating raw oysters. Take steps to protect your health. Español

Prevent Illness From C. perfringens

C. perfringens is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the U.S. Learn how to prevent illness from this germ.

Preventing Norovirus

Norovirus sickens many people each year. Wash your hands often and follow other tips to protect yourself and others. Español

Salmonella and Eggs

Learn how to reduce the risks of a Salmonella infection from eggs. Español

Salmonella and Food

Salmonella commonly causes food poisoning. Take steps to make your food safer to eat. Español

Say No to Raw Dough

You can get sick after eating or tasting raw dough or batter. Follow these tips to stay healthy when handling raw dough. Español

Antibiotic Resistance, Food, and Food Animals

Learn how you can protect your family from antibiotic-resistant infections from food and animals. Español

You Can Help Solve Foodborne Outbreaks

You can help disease detectives find and solve foodborne outbreaks. Find out more.


Seasons, Holidays, and Events
Cooked holiday turkey

Food Safety for the Holidays

Follow these tips to prevent food poisoning during the holidays. Español

Preparing Your Holiday Turkey Safely

Handling and cooking poultry incorrectly can lead to food poisoning. Learn how to prepare your holiday turkey safely. Español

Game Day Food Safety Tips

Tackling a buffet at your game day gathering? Play by the rules and keep the runs on the field. Español

Home Canning and Botulism

Home canning can be deadly if not done safely. Learn the proper techniques to prevent botulism. Español

Food Safety for Buffets and Parties

Follow these steps to keep food safe when cooking, preparing, or serving food for large groups. Español


Pregnant Women and Infants
A woman bottle feeding her baby

Cronobacter Infection and Infants

Cronobacter infections are rare, but they can be deadly in newborns. The germ can sometimes be found in powdered infant formula. Español

Preventing Infections Before and During Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, take steps to protect your fetus or newborn from infections that cause serious health problems. Español

Healthy Water and Handwashing


Hand Hygiene
Person washing their hands

When and How to Wash Your Hands

Handwashing is one of the best ways to keep you and your family from getting sick. Español

Clean Hands Count for Safe Healthcare

Clean hands can protect you from serious infections while you are a patient in a healthcare facility.

Global Handwashing Day

Get involved and celebrate Global Handwashing Day each year on October 15.


Contact Lenses
A pair of contact lenses

Travel Tips for People Who Wear Contact Lenses

Learn how to take care of your lenses so you can enjoy the sights.


Swimming and Recreational Water
Family by the edge of a pool

Stay Safe and Healthy in Your Backyard Pool

Keep your backyard pool safe and healthy to maximize all the benefits swimming can bring. Español

Avoid Harmful Algal Blooms

Harmful algal blooms can produce poisons that make people and animals sick. When in doubt, stay out of the water.


Healthy Water Awareness Events
Water being poured into a glass

Drinking Water Week

Learn what makes your drinking water safe and what CDC is doing to prevent waterborne disease.

Groundwater Awareness Week

Much of the water we use comes from the ground. Learn why it’s important to protect groundwater sources.

World Water Day

Play a role in protecting the planet by celebrating World Water Day each year on March 22.

Fungal Infections

Fungal Infections
Woman laying in a hospital bed

Fungal Infections: Protect Your Health

Get 10 questions to help you learn more about your risk for getting a fungal infection. Español

Histoplasmosis: Be Safe Around Bird or Bat Poop

Histoplasmosis can affect anyone. Knowing about it can help you stay healthy.

Valley Fever Awareness

Valley fever is an infection caused by a fungus that lives in the soil. Learn to recognize the symptoms. Español

Animal Contact

Animal Contact
Baby turtle in a persons hand

Backyard Poultry

Live poultry often carry harmful germs like Salmonella. Know the risks and the things you can do to stay safe.

Pet Food Safety

There are some important things to consider when picking out the right food for your pet.

Stay Healthy Around Pet Reptiles and Amphibians

Learn how to protect yourself and your family from germs.

Stay Healthy Around Small Pets

Small pets like hamsters can carry germs that can make you sick. Take steps to stay safe while enjoying your pet.

Stay Healthy at Animal Exhibits

Know how to stay healthy if you visit an animal exhibit or have contact with animals in a public setting.

The Trouble With Tiny Turtles

Here is what you need to know about tiny turtles, a pet that is illegal to sell in the U.S.